Jacqueline A. Lorenzi
Jacqueline trained extensively at New Jersey Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She joined The Dance Connection faculty in 2012 and continues to share her experiences, love of ballet and deep gratitude for the arts with students. Ms. Jacquie teaches ballet, advanced ballet, pointe and variations. In addition, she is the Artistic Director for The Dance Connection’s youth production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Jacquie has a unique ability to teach her students about life, through dance. Her training, performing career, and continuing studies enable her to teach, and relay to her students, the importance of placement, alignment, musicality, passion and commitment.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Jacquie has worked with the dance shoe and apparel company, Capezio, in its pointe shoe division; fitting, testing and selling shoes to students and professional dancers. This unique skill-set is an asset to The Dance Connection, as she is able to properly guide our advanced dancers on proper fit and care.
Ms. Jacquie is an experienced ballet mistress, director, arts administrator, coach and costumer. She has taught at schools throughout New Jersey, including Nunnbetter Dance Theater and the Verne Fowler School where she created, staged and directed a full-length Nutcracker. As a ballet mistress she has staged multiple ballets including “The Shades” from La Bayadere, Pas de Quatre, and divertissements from Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and Swan Lake. Jacqueline has had the pleasure of being on the administrative and teaching staff of Burklyn Ballet’s unique summer intensive in VT where she staged her own choreography as well the classics. As a coach Jacqueline has successfully prepared students for summer intensives, competitions including YAGP, the Vo-Tech Arts program and has successfully guided dancer’s transitions into college dance programs and company apprenticeships.
Ms. Jacquie has danced professionally with New Jersey Ballet, working with Eleanor D’Antuono, Paul Sutherland, Sophie Monat, Eli Lazar, Johan Renvall, Robert Northand Elaine Kudo. Her repertory included roles in Les Sylphides, La Bayadere, Giselle, Coppelia, Raymonda and The Nutcracker, as well as ballets by Balanchine, George Tomal, Eli Lazar and Johan Renvall. Jacqueline has also toured and performed with the Rebecca Kelly Ballet and guested with Eglevsky Ballet and Patricia Nicholson.
Jacqueline continues to dance and create, recently collaborating with a former student and colleague. That collaboration evolved into a video tribute to Maya Angelou and a new journey of bringing her passions for dance, music, expression, costuming, exploration and photography together.
The words of Martha Graham resonate in life, and dance, for Ms. Jacquie. “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”