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.
Jackie is currently performing and teaching in North Carolina and is available for workshops, performances, classes, and private lessons. 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!
Organically feminine, learning to belly dance has been an unexpected inward journey. Natural movements enveloped in beautiful music, where the physical body connects to soul, bringing innate wholeness. Jackie’s classes, are a community of dance, laughter, joy, sisterhood, and love!
Sat Parvan Kaur
Jackie represents this dance form with the upmost respect and selflessness. In her performances, her spirit shines with honesty, humor, intensity, softness, and grace. Her technique flows with ease and precision which amazes everyone, and her knowledge and education of the cultural nuance, lyrics, and musical understanding shows with sophistication.
Her teaching style has inspired me since I took my first class with her and has influenced my own teaching. She breaks down movement in simple and clear ways that make everyone able to understand and digest. She helps her students find themselves through fun games which not only help technique but brings the whole class together in a beautiful way of bonding. She is a fountain of knowledge and will always make sure you have a good time. If you have a chance to study from her, do it. You won't regret it.
I would highly recommend Belly Dancing with Jackie. I'm very much a beginner and I've so appreciated how Jackie explains and demonstrates what we're going to be doing. She makes class fun. I've felt from the first few classes that I was really picking up the various moves and techniques quickly and easily. It's just highly entertaining and Jackie really has a lot to do with that. In addition, it's a great workout and really helps in building core strength.
Chapel Hill, NC
Belly Dancing with Jackie is more than just a dance class; it is a community bringing the sisterhood together! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the ladies of our dance tribe while learning the art of belly dance. Jackie is a phenomenal instructor, helping each of us understand the technique of this style of dance. Her love for dance is so inspirational and is like a beacon that guides our tribe through the beautiful intricacies of belly dance. Jackie has helped me discover a part of myself I did not know existed.
Belly dancing is so inclusive of all different body types, and Jackie extends that welcome to all levels of experience. She makes learning so much fun and creates routines that are both challenging and entertaining. I love being a part of Jackie's belly dance tribe!
CLASSES, PERFORMANCES, BOOKING INFORMATION
Mondays 6:00pm - Mix Level Belly Dance, at the Royal Grace Academy of Dance in Chapel Hill
Tuesdays 7:30pm Belly Dance Technique, at the Joy of Movement in Pittsboro, NC
Thursdays 7:30pm Belly Dance Choreography, Thursdays - 7:30pm at the Joy of Movement in Pittsboro, NC
Saturday March 28th - Beer & Belly Dance Class @ Hugger Mugger Brewing Co in Sanford NC
Jackie also offers a online beginner course!
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Private Lessons are also available in her home studio. Contact her for information.
Private Events Starting $250+
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