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School Director


jacqueline McDaniel

    Jacqueline's love for  ballet began at the age of seven.  She began training at Ballet Iowa, a Vaganova-based school and company directed by former Bolshoi Ballet dancer, Konstantin Uralsky. While attending a summer intensive at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., Jacqueline was invited to attend the pre-professional program under Ludmila Morkovina, a graduate and professor of the Vaganova Ballet Academy.  Upon graduation, she danced with Omaha Theater Ballet and as a guest performer for Central Dance Theater and Iowa Dance Theater.  Jacqueline decided to put her dancing career on hold to attend college. She relocated to Chicago where she received a degree in Marketing with an Art minor from Roosevelt University. While attending college, she began teaching ballet, pointe, and creative movement at several Chicago-land studios. After college graduation Jacqueline realized how much she missed dancing. So she decided to return to the stage. Jacqueline went on to dance with: Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, Omaha Ballet Theater, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Metropolitan Ballet, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, and Saint Paul Ballet.  Jacqueline loves encouraging dancers to believe in themselves above all else; to always push for more and not define themselves by one specific talent but pursue their limitless potential. 

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