Dancing for the Space Coast







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Ashley Buesher


Jessica Cartagena Assam was born in Queens, New York, to first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic.  Though a New York native, Jessica has called Florida home since 1986 and has lived in Melbourne, FL since 2007.    

The opportunity for this dance venture could not have come at a better time as she embraces the empty-nesting chapter with her youngest daughter attending the Tisch School of the Arts in NYU and her son graduating from the University of Miami in 2024. 

Jessica advocates for charities that are focused on addressing the needs of children, conservation, and the arts.  Known for her dedicated efforts and selfless nature, she has been a catalyst to inspire change within organizations, such as the Brevard Zoo where she served on the board for over a decade and spearheaded many signature fundraisers.  Jessica’s community and civic engagement has prepared her for her role with Florida Tech’s Advancement Office where she works in partnership with The Scott Center and weVENTURE on their annual fundraisers. 

Outside of event planning and volunteering, Jessica enjoys spending quiet time with her Brindle Boxer Stella, traveling, and camaraderie with friends and family.  Despite the Latina in her, dancing is outside her comfort zone, but she’ll do just about anything for a good cause and is grateful to have the opportunity to learn techniques from her World Champion instructor, Dr. Jang Don!