JESSICA RAFFA

JESSICA RAFFA

Known Internationally wide, and considered our Queen of Ballroom Dance Australia, Jessica Raffa evokes an incredible energy on the dance floor with exceptional talent and skill.

Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Jessica Raffa is 28 years old and began her journey and love affair with dance at the age of three. Classicaly trained in ballet Jessica then ventured on into Ballroom dancing which has been her main focus for past 19 years. She competed on both a national and international scale for over 10 years ,training in London by world champion Latin dancers such as Brian Watson and John Eftidal. At the age of 15 she competed at the prestigous Blackpool, Ballroom Dancing Competition in 1999. In 2000 Jessica performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Sydney, alongside Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby. At the age of 17 Jessica joined the cast of Burn the Floor which she performed in for 8 years. She has traveled the world with the company performing in front of over three million people, in 30 countries. A number in the show where Jessica dances blindfolded opened her eyes to voluntarily teach dance to blind and vision impaired people throughout Australia and the USA. She has worked closely with Vision Australia, and along with producer Harley Medcalf , has created a non profit organisation called “Blindfold” that raises money for Deaf and Blind children in Australia.

She was the head spokesperson for Burn the Floor presents Floorplay, and has represented the company at all promotional events in Australia, China, Japan, Europe and North America. This promotional role has led to significant on-camera experience in the form of interviews and documentries in both Australia and overseas. Two documentaries have been aired in Japan focusing solely on Jessica’s life and role in Floorplay. She assisted Jason Gilkison in organising and performing in the opening ceremony of the World Latin Championships held in Melbourne in December 2008 and also assisted Jason Gilkinson with his choreographing duties on the popular Australian television show, “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009 . In 2009 she partnered blind adventurer, Gerrard Gosens on the Australian Version of Dancing with the Stars. She helped make television history, as Gerrard was the first ever blind contestant to compete on Dancing with the Stars not only in Australia, but across the world. In 2010 she partnered Blair Mcdonough for her second series of Dancing with the Stars. In 2011 she made it to week 7, with Nick Bracks for her third consecutive year on Dancing with the Stars. Most recently in 2012 partnering AFL Football legend Brendan Fevola just missed out on the Grand Final, making it to the Semi-final.


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