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Jaclyn O'toole

Jaclyn O’Toole is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, NC. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where she began her formal dance training. She received her B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Communications from Coker College, where she was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honors society. She received her M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. As a graduate student, Jaclyn applied for the Cloud Dance Festival and was accepted to present her work and choreography in London. She received a grant in performing arts, allowing three undergraduate students to travel with her and perform her choreography. Her work has been presented in venues including the Cloud Dance Festival in London, DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, Panoply Arts Festival, South Carolina Dancing Festival, and numerous American College Dance Association Festivals. Jaclyn has set choreography on West Chester University and Winthrop University’s dance programs. She has served on the dance faculty at the American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Los Angeles campus (AMDA). Jaclyn received her certification in Lester Horton Technique through the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is a member of the L.A. basedSarah Berges Dance Company, performing currently as a guest artist in her fifth international company season.