In 2013, Jess founded Prestige Dance Studio to share her passion of dance in a safe, technically sound and creative environment with the Corridor. Jess has been honored with choreography and most entertaining awards at competitions throughout the nation. Backed by Jess’s love of the performing arts and her 12 years of professional instruction experience, Prestige Dance Studio offers fresh and innovative styles that are unparalleled in the Cedar Rapids area. Miss Jess's competition team has been awarded 7 National Championships in 2018, honorable mentions such as the "Kind-hearts Award" and "Angels Award", and many have gone on to dance at the collegiate level.
In 2017, Jess added Head Coach of the Xavier High School Varsity Dance Team to her resume. The decision to take on an additional coaching role was daunting, but the commitment and dedication of the dancers made it an easy decision. Moving forward, Xavier is adding a youth program to promote involvement in the elementary schools, create a connection between younger and high school students at Xavier. The Xavier Dance Team hosts the Xavier Dance Jam Competition, an event created by Jess in an effort to bring together competitors from local high schools and dance studios prior to the typical competition season while offering a less expensive opportunity to dance for all who want to participate.
In 2018, Prestige Dance Studio opened an additional location in Marion. This addition came from years of loyal clients making the commute to our Cedar Rapids location. Our single classroom space is perfect as we begin our second home in Marion.
Jess shares her life with her fun and supportive husband Dan and three daughters Sophia (6), Olivia (3) and Gabriella (1). They have two crazy rescue dogs Macy and Pearl keep their home full of adventure. The Novotny enjoy traveling, swimming and spending time together doing just about anything. Jess absolutely loves being a part of the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities. She is beyond thankful to raise her family here!