Originally from Rocky Hill, CT, Jackie DeNovellis has always been one who could never keep still. Growing up as an avid child in sports, Jackie quickly found her passion for dance after taking her first ballet class at the age of 10. Training under a multitude of styles she received her training under the artistic direction of Mary Ellen Reilly at Dance 10 Performing Arts Center, as well as Connecticut Concert Ballet under David Lawrence and Wendy Fischer. She continued her studies at Point Park University under the direction of Susan Stowe, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. During her college career she had the opportunity to work with Kellie Hodges, Kiesha Lalama, as well as her fellow peers. Jackie also created many works for performances such as Student Choreography Project, Bridgeworks, and Dance Club Showcase.
Outside of school, Jackie had the opportunity to train at the Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, David Parsons Summer Intensive, and the American Dance Festival. She also studied with Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide, Australia and most recently under the faculty of Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy. There, learning new techniques which included Countertechnique, Flying Low, and Gaga.
Along with her passion for dance and exploring different forms of movement, she finds the inner workings of the body equally intriguing. Outside of the dance realm, Jackie is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Her knowledge in dance and the anatomy of the body has helped give her a unique approach to health awareness, putting physical limits to the test, and helping others reach their fitness goals. This love for athleticism is a factor that is very evident through her choreographic works. Jackie is very excited to join the DanceWorks NYC community in her first season as a choreographer.