Why I Dance
Dance has become such an integral part of my life over the past 20 years and it has opened so many doors for me, in both creative and emotional endeavors. I love any opportunity to share my passion and my art with other dancers and the community at large.
My Secret Talent
I'm not sure if I have any secret talents, but when I'm not in the studio I love practicing yoga, reading, writing, and petting as many dogs and cats as possible.
Who I Admire
I really admire Darcey Bussell, a former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet. She broke down barriers and overcame a lot of hardships while on her path to becoming a legendary dancer.
Get to Know Jaclyn YoungerBorn and raised in Albuquerque, Jaclyn began her dance training with Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico at three years old. In 2004 she began performing in BRT’s The Nutcracker and eventually performed as Doll, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Waltz of the Flowers Demi Soloist. Additionally, Jaclyn performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Beauty & the Beast, Elementals, Alive!, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Mythical Wonders, Literally Dance, and was featured as the Yellow Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. In 2010, she attended The Joffrey Workshop Texas, where she studied classical ballet, modern, and character. Prior to joining New Mexico Ballet Company in 2012, Jaclyn attended The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on scholarship where she performed as a featured soloist in Paquita. Jaclyn recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with degrees in Multimedia Journalism and Dance. Jaclyn has also worked in modeling and film in New Mexico.
Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker Ballet, Don Quixote, Spartacus, Wizard of Oz, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Romeo and Juliet, Serenade, Choreographers' Collective.