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Jacquelyn Horton

Jacquelyn M. Horton was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the Blues and Elvis Presley.  She studied in the Overton High School performing arts program.  The defining period in her ballet training came at the Carlton Johnson Dance Academy, in Memphis; she later joined Mr. Johnson’s River City Ballet Company.  She was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Martin’s arts performance program.    

Ms. Horton has performed as a soloist and lead dancer in a variety of pieces by international dance pioneers, including several new works created by Mr. Johnson for the River City Ballet Company.  

Since her arrival in the Washington, DC area, she has worked as a ballet instructor in competitive studios and a guest artist with local school-based performance arts programs. She is a former member of the DC Youth Artists Coalition.  Her work has been featured on WDCW Channel 50.  For three consecutive years, Ms. Horton received a sponsorship from PEPCO and Amtrak to create youth-led performances in celebration of Black History Month at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.  She is also trained as a teacher in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus. Ms. Horton returns to her love and passion for ballet by joining The Washington Ballet @ THEARC.