Born in Santa Cruz, California, Jessica Radetsky studied ballet in the Bay Area with Ayako Takahashi, at the School of American Ballet and at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., under Alla Sizova. She has performed with the Kirov Ballet, Kirov Opera Ballet, the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas and has been a guest artist with ballet companies throughout the United States. In love with eras past, Radetsky also performs with the Canarsie Wobblers, a Jazz Age dance group, recreating dance styles from the 1920’s and 1930’s. They can be seen at Jazz Age events around the Northeast, including The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.
In 2009, after losing her father to pancreatic cancer, Radetsky learned she was positive for the BRCA genetic mutation which predisposed her to a myriad of cancers, including pancreatic, ovarian and breast cancers. This knowledge, and the challenges that have come with it, have turned into a passion to help others navigate their way through the BRCA world, to advocate for quality of life for both survivors and previvors, and to help raise funds for genetic cancer research. Radetsky is involved with organizations including FORCE, Bright Pink, Discovery To Cure, Imerman Angels and The Basser Center.
In 2016, she created Broadway Hearts, an outreach group made up of Broadway performers, dedicated to bringing entertainment and brightness to the extraordinary kids in Children’s Hospitals around New York City.
Radetsky currently performs in 'The Phantom of the Opera’ on Broadway.