GET TO KNOW JACKIE
Jaclyn, or Jackie for short, is originally from Queens, New York. She is a self-taught Belly Dancer who later on studied from multiple instructors in Israel, New York City, and Boston. In 2015, Jackie won 1st place in the Desert Rose Belly Dance Competition by Dorit Arobas in Eilat, Israel. She is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied Communication and International Relations and in 2011, co-founded the award winning UMass Belly Dance Club which has become a major organization on campus and has reached over 230 students. Jackie is also a certified Belly Dance Instructor from the 2014 BellyQueen Teacher’s Training with Kaeshi Chai. Jackie was a part of the professional belly dance troupe Raks Al Zahra by Natalie Nazario and while living in Upstate NY for a year, she taught weekly belly dance classes while also running her own student troupe. Jackie has been teaching since 2012 and has created a variety of classes such as Belly Dance Beginners, Belly Dance Fitness, and Belly Dance Fusion that are tailored to fit multiple levels and audiences. While living in Boston for two years, she helped create the Northeastern Belly Dance Club (you can read more about their group here).
Jackie is currently performing and teaching in North Carolina and is available for workshops, performances, classes, and private lessons. Looking to hire a belly dancer for your next event or wedding? Contact her today!
She is so excited to share her love and appreciation of the art form and cultures with others. Drum solos get her going and her favorite word is….YALLAH!