Mrs. Jaclyn has a great passion for dance and a loving heart for teaching children. She has been dancing for most of her life and teaching for 20 years. She also works in her church nursery on Sundays. Jaclyn knew at a young age that she wanted to teach dance and worked very hard to pursue that dream. While in high school, she performed with a pre-professional ballet company and performed in multiple story ballets including her favorite, “The Jungle Book”. Jaclyn continued her pursuit of dance by studying at Brenau University and performing in many shows. In her sophomore year, Jaclyn was chosen to be one of three dancers in an opera. While at Brenau, Jaclyn taught under Diane Callahan and other dance instructors at the Gainesville Ballet. She also attended the American College Dance Festival multiple times and worked the festival in all aspects when it was hosted at Brenau in 2000. Jaclyn began teaching when she was a sophomore at Brenau. Upon graduating Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy, Jaclyn continued to teach at dance studios and churches in the Greater Atlanta area. She started up programs, such as modern and lyrical and rejuvenated Ballet and Pointe programs. She also revamped the pre-school program and helped double the enrollment at dance studios. In 2006, Jaclyn worked as an assistant dance director then the dance director in 2012 during which she developed a ballet company and started the tradition of an annual Christmas Show.
Jaclyn constantly continues her dance education through taking classes, attending professional workshops and summits and keeping up with the latest teaching techniques. Jaclyn is also nationally certified in acrobatic arts. She studied under many greats in the dance world, such as Phyllis Allen, Missy Osborne, Carol Smiarowski, Vincas Greene, and Jolie Long. One of the many ways Jaclyn keeps up her continuing education is by taking classes from greats such as Gus Solomons, Jr., Bob Rizzo, Finus Jhung, Tyce Diorio and many others. Jaclyn’s excitement for dance continues to grow. After getting married and starting a family, she decided to help more children and their families develop a great love and appreciation of dance. Jaclyn’s excitement about Integrity Dance Academy and sharing her love of dance with children of all ages and backgrounds in a positive family friendly atmosphere continues to grow every year.
Mrs. Jaclyn’s philosophy on teaching is to give the children and adults in her class strong technique and a positive learning experience. Her students learn an appreciation for dance and confidence in themselves that carries on throughout their lives. As a mom of two daughters, Jaclyn understands both the teacher and mom side of children developing a love for dance. Several of her students have gone on the study dance or theater in college and some are performers and actors in LA and Atlanta. Some are becoming teachers themselves. Many graduated students have brought their children to her to take dance classes. It’s wonderful to teach first and second generation children. We welcome everyone who walks through the door whether it’s for a visit or a dance class.
Miss Nicole is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor currently based in Atlanta. Hailing from metro Detroit, she received her B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University after her childhood training at Robert Lee School of Dance and Churchill High School’s Creative and Performing Arts program. Performance credits include Hannibal Buress, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, JTDance, Gotta Dance Contemporary, Melodic Nocturne Dance Tribe and halftime shows for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons. Nicole’s choreographic works have been presented in concerts for artLabJ and MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company in addition to receiving frequent top honors in competitions. As a result of Nicole’s emphasis on energy and emotional commitment in her classes, many of her students have received scholarships, special awards, top scores and professional jobs. Nicole continues to perform, choreograph and teach around the country in addition to judging for multiple competitions.
Brittany is a Tampa Florida native. She started dancing at the young age of three in styles tap, ballet, and tumbling. As time progressed she studied jazz, hip hop, modern, clogging, contemporary, African, pointe, and some salsa. Later, Brittany was approached with many opportunities to choreography in different styles of dance. She choreographed her first routine for her 8th grade talent show and later moved on to choreograph a solo for her studio’s recital. Her passion grew and she went on to do a Hummer and Porsche commercial and a video reel in Miami FL. She is a three time scholar winner with The Pulse On Tour. Brittany was a dancer with The Chocolate Nutcracker for over 10 years and a tap choreographer for 5 years. That opened the doors to tour to Ohio to perform in their production. Brittany joined Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet Company and traveled to places like New York, New Jersey, Alabama, and Clearwater, FL just to name a few. Her choreography has won multiple 1st place prizes in different competitions. With her love for dance and teaching she moved to Atlanta for more opportunities. In her first year she taught at Dance 411, Shannon’s Dance Studio, The Dance Academy, The Dancers Studio Backstage. She has taught at over 15 studios in the states of FL and Ohio. This is just the beginning and her outlook on the future is bright.
Emma O’Connell is excited to join the Integrity Dance Academy family! I just moved to Georgia a couple weeks ago from Massachusetts. Currently I am a student at Johnson and Wales University studying entrepreneurship. I have been dancing since the age of two at Charlotte Klein Dance Centers at a competitive and recreational level. I’ve taken almost all styles of dance but my favorite would have to be contemporary/improv. Dance has always been such a huge part of my life and I don’t know where I would be without it. I hope to share my love of dance with you all and can’t wait to meet everyone!
Mrs. Lindsey is from Winder, Ga and holds an Early Childhood Education degree from Georgia Gwinnett College. She has a true passion for children and learning, whether that be academically, in dance, or life in general. She has taken dance for ten years in Winder, Ga. Six of these years were under the instruction of Mrs. Jaclyn Kail. In those six years, Miss Lindsey was in Ballet Dance Company and assisted preschool dance classes under the instruction of Mrs. Jaclyn. She has taken classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, and pointe. Upon finishing her dancing career, she decided that she wanted to share her love of dance with our "littles" at the studio. She believes that dance is a great way to express yourself at any age and that it is never too late to start. At a young age, dance is something fun and enjoyable but as you grow in it, it becomes something so much more. She strives to inspire young students to have confidence in their every move in dance and throughout life. She is excited to be on the team at Integrity Dance Academy!
Alexis grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA and trained in various styles of dance from the age of 4. She attended studios, such as 5678 Dance, Chambers Performing Arts, and Heather Wayne's Performing Arts, while also being involved in the Mill Creek HS Dance Department. In high school, she was on the Mill Creek Dance Team, which received two state championships during her time on the team. Alexis extended her training to in-studio intensives, as well as intensives across North America. She has currently attended four Rockette Summer Intensives and for three of the intensives was accepted into the Invitational Week. She also attended Joffrey South, where she trained in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. At the collegiate level, Alexis has trained at Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment to achieve a BS in American Dance Pedagogy. There, she had extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and rhythm tap. She was president of the Students of Arts Management organization (SAM) whose mission is to connect students to professionals in the dance and entertainment industry. She also gained her in-house Moving Light Board certification. In college, Alexis was able to teach around the Oklahoma City area at studios like the Community Dance Center, Victory Dance and Dance Unlimited. She has also judged for Dance Masters of America (DMA). Alexis is excited to be back in Georgia to share her knowledge and love of dance with other dancers.