Jessica danced in the inaugural performance of The Roar of Love when it was first presented in the ballroom of the historic Bon Air Hotel in 1986. She danced the role of a Star. She progressed through Narnia until she became the first White Witch to command a pack of male wolves. Previously the wolves had been danced by girls.
Jessica lead the Performing Company in initiating its first Nutcracker in which she danced the Snow Pas de Deux while her father partnered Kathryn McBeth from Atlanta Ballet in the Sugar Plum Pas de Deux. Ms McBeth was one of Jessica's favorite Guest Instructors whose dancing and teaching inspired her for many years. It was Ms McBeth who set the production of Cinderella on the ballet and who personally coached Jessica in the same starring role which she has premiered in Atlanta years earlier.
Jessica has lead the performing company through many years of new productions during her dancing years. She has worked with many Guest Choreographers and helped bring to the stage numerous premieres. She has taught every level of ballet student within the school and conducted rehearsals for her father until moving into an administrative position as a young adult. Jessica served as the ballet's Receptionist and Office Manager until she recommended Courtney O'Neal as the ideal replacement for that position and moved into the role of Executive Director. She gives countless hours to the non-profit performing company as a Volunteer Stage Manager, carefully coordinating the endless technical elements of each production. She also serves as Advisor to her parents in the school and performing company's progress and goals. It is common knowledge among those that are most closely invested in the business of Columbia County Ballet that Jessica is one of the most potent 'secret weapons' within the ballet's continuing success.
Jessica is married to Brock Hughes, Founder and CEO of Augusta Corporate Housing. They are the proud parents of two sons, Gabriel and Isaiah. The peak of activity in the Hughes household begins each January as they prepare to host dozens of Australian visitors who will arrive in time for the Master's Tournament.
For Jessica, the comforts and satisfaction of her home and family are transported each year to her other favorite place on earth, the beach.