Jessica Heim began dancing as a young child, studying at Stroia Ballet, then St. Paul City Ballet, as well as taking tap dancing lessons. She devoted much time to playing the piano, studying with Dr. Paul Wirth in high school and Dr. Edward Turley in college. She also accompanied ballet classes on the piano for many years. Jessica attended the College of St. Benedict and graduated Magna cum Laude, with degrees in Environmental Studies and Music. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Cultural Astronomy, with her dissertation research focused on dark sky friendly LED retrofits. In addition to her work with dark skies, she maintains a private piano studio, teaching students of all ages. Jessica is excited to resume her study of ballet and to perform with MDE!