October 2013 Blogs

Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions!  We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!

I first heard of Jessica Starr when I was sent a clip of her powerful piece of choreography, Look At Me depicting the life of someone with an eating disorder and the spoken word of someone looking in. I wanted to know more about this creative, inspiring woman. I met her and she was even more of a powerhouse than I expected. She is not only creating conversations about eating disorders through dance, she is completely over hauling the Hollywood dance world. Find out how in our interview...

Irvina: When and how did you realize that dancing was a passion for you?

Jessica: I first realized I was meant to dance when I literally found myself unable to hold still at that faintest sound of music.  Ever since I can remember I would be moving non stop, in the grocery store around a bunch of strangers, or in my room alone, it did not matter.

Irvina: Currently who are your favorite artists? 

Jessica: Currently I am inspired by the intention of Macklemore.  What he does with lyrics is similar to what my dance company, MusEffect does with choreography.  He looks at the greater picture of the world and knowing the power and influence he has in the industry, uses his music to educate.  I admire him for taking a chance on being different and standing for a cause.  I would love to collaborate with him one day.

Irvina: What inspired you to start Muse Dance Company in Los Angeles?

Jessica: I felt there was a lack of choreographic work with intention in the LA dance community. Our goal is to leave our viewers feeling empowered and enlightened after they see our show.  We want to give them something to take away for a lifetime.

Irvina: What kind of dancers do you look for to represent MusEffect?

Jessica: When choosing dancers I look for dancers who are committed to their craft and put the audiences first and foremost above everything else. I look for dancers who are eager to make a difference with their art and aren’t afraid to stir up a little controversy every once in awhile. As a whole we are ALL a little quirky, off beat and not too concerned with fitting in.

Irvina: What is Look At Me? How did the idea for it come about?

Jessica: Look at Me is a collaborative effort between spoken word artist, Azure Antoinette and myself.  At one point in my life a woman I loved very much, had an eating disorder. At that point nothing I could say or do was helping her to come to terms with her condition.  It was at this point that I had the realization, if I did not have the words to heal the situation I would simply create dance on it. This is exactly what I did.  I contacted Azure and we immediately had a cosmic connection.  She put together this tremendous piece of poetry based off of my own personal observations, feelings and along with her own, birthed this incredibly poignant piece called, Look at Me. You can check it out HERE:

Irvina: What has the response from Look At Me been from viewers?

Jessica: The first time we performed this piece at the University of Arizona the response was incredible.  During the piece you could hear a pin drop.  Afterwards we had numerous young dancers, parents and complete strangers approaching us eager to share their own experiences with eating disorders. It was like our piece opened the flood gates for confessions of each individual’s connection with the topic. The same things appeared on our YouTube link. I truly feel blessed to be able to assist in so many individuals path towards healing.  Speaking about your eating disorder is the first step towards recovery and I am grateful that the Azure, the dancers of MusEffect and me have been able to connect so intimately with so many strangers through Look at Me and assist in their recovery thru our art.

Have you ever considered using your creative talents to help fix a problem?

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Posted: Oct 19, 2013


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