Choreographer; Dancer; Visual Artist: Crafts; Visual Artist: Paintings; Visual Artist: Sculpture / Pottery; Writer
Jacqueline has been involved with art since the age of 12 with basic art classes and personal drawing and writing, then seriously pursuing painting, drawing and sculpture since high school, minoring in studio art in college. It was during her first year in college that she discovered modern dance. She fell so deep so fast that she ended up with her bachelor’s degree in dance.She is currently a teacher, dancer, choreographer, visual artist, writer, and mother to a twelve year old daughter. She is half-French, half-American, originally from the Washington D.C. area, but has spent most of her life in Houston.Jacqueline has been an adjunct dance faculty member at the University of Houston since 1994 where she teaches modern dance, jazz, aesthetics of movement and creative movement. She is on staff at Rice University where she teaches jazz and hiphop dance. Jackie is also a dance teaching artist with Young Audiences of Houston and a modern dance instructor at The Hope Center. Her technique classes are based in proper alignment and technique and are abundant in high energy and dynamic physicality. She strongly believes in developing an intelligent, well-rounded dancer who can adapt to various dance styles in a safe and effective manner, a dancer who understands the science and history behind dance movement and who is interested in exploring his or her own abilities. Jacqueline received her B.A. in dance from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she focused on modern and jazz with former Bill Evans dancers Debbie Poulsen and Terese Freedman. While at MHC, staff musician/composer Peter Jones was a huge influence on Jackie’s dance education. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festivals in New England and Texas, at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Houston, Rice University, the Houston Jewish Community Center’s Summer Series, and Discovery Green downtown. During the last two summers she choreographed and performed solo works as part of the Gathering at the Big Range Dance Festival.