Jay Beardsley is a white, nonbinary dancer, multimedia artist, and teacher currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They work and perform with Ballez (Company Artist), TheRedProjectNYC/Johnnie Cruise Mercer (Media Artist and Movement Ensemble Artist), Katerina & Jay (Co-Artistic Director and Founder), GREYZONE (Grants Assistant), Cornfield Dance (Co-Administrator), and MICHIYAYA Dance, among other freelance projects. Their involvement with artists spans performance, choreography, community organizing, content and media creation, and grant writing. Jay is also a teacher of movement and theater at various local venues and within the NYC DOE schooling systems.
Jay attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2020 with an Outstanding Choreographer award and the Bobby Chandler Award for Theatre. During their time at VCU, Jay studied with and performed works by the likes of Jenna Riegel, Trebien Pollard, André Zachery, MK Abadoo, Christopher K. Morgan, and Scott Putman along with many other valued guest artists and faculty. Jay has deepened their performance research through a multitude of workshops and intensives with artists/organizations including Sidra Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, and American Dance Festival.
As a creator, Jay produces multimedia, immersive dance experiences that investigate queer spiritualism, political and historical events, collective memory, and trans embodiment. Their choreography and media work has been produced by organizations such as Movement Research (NYC), Proteomedia (NYC), Dance Place (Washington, D.C.), and Dogtown Dance Theatre (Richmond, VA). They will be presenting work at the Performance Mix Festival in June 2023 and will be an inaugural artist-in-residence at a new venue curated by MICHIYAYA in early 2023.