Choreography and Creative Theory of Dance / Deviance and Victimization of Women in the U.S.
B.S. January 2010
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow
92nd Street Y Harkness Space Grant Recipient
Silo-DanceNow/NYC Residency Recipient
Dean’s Certificate for Academic Excellence
Jacqueline Young began dancing at the age of five, choreographed her first professional show at sixteen and landed her first professional dancing job at eighteen. She started college in 1986 at Northern Essex Community College but the world of professional dance pulled her West to the stages of Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri. After years of production shows, she returned to teaching and opened a dance studio in her home state of Massachusetts. Seven years later, she felt there was still more to be done so he sold the studio and she and her husband moved to New York City. Here she founded a business called DanzJam, bringing dance to children and adults during weekend events all over the country.
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But as much as she enjoyed working in the dance world, she felt something was missing. In 2008, she became a CUNY Baccalaureate student with a declared area in dance. She was also interested in helping women so she added a second area. Having been the victim of an alcoholic parent’s abuse and believing in the power of dance to be therapeutic, Young wanted to reach out to women in similar situations, helping them heal through the creativity and camaraderie of dance.
She constructed her concentrations with courses from Hunter and John Jay Colleges, working with faculty mentors Profs. David Capps, Dance and Pamela Stone, Sociology, Hunter. She also included an independent study on preventing dance-related injuries.
Young is the artistic director of the Push Factor Dance Company, an alternative jazz dance company based in NYC and is a certified American Ballet Theatre Instructor. Her choreography has been featured at the International Dance Festival, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Dicapo Opera House, Dance Harlem, the Pearl Theatre and the Duke on 42nd Street.
Since graduating, she has been working at NY Youth at Risk as a mentor to young women who have a parent incarcerated, and interning with the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York. She presented a new piece of choreography in April at the Hunter College Dance Alumni Concert; the dance was about women in prison and the abuse that they endure there.
Young went on to complete the Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College after graduation. She also taught master dance classes Italy.