She received an A.A. in Dance and Musical Theater, graduating with high honors from the State University of N.Y. at Rockland. She went on to train in Theatre at the famed Herbert Bergdorf Studio. Mona has also trained at The New York Ballet Conservatory, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Broadway Dance Center. Mona has taught dance at Newport Ballet Academy and Irvine Dance Academy for 19 years.
Mona appeared in many off Broadway, dinner theatre and summer stock productions not to mention in movies and television shows with such notable actors as Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, Cybil Shepherd and Mark Harmon, among others.
Mona is a certified Pilates instructor earning the Karen Shanley Award for Dance Conditioning for excellence in Pilates as well as the Silver Award for community service and leadership for her work using Pilates in the Adapted PE program at Orange Coast College. Mona is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner currently working in Holistic wellness doing nutritional counseling and lecturing as well as using Pilates for rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular reeducation.
She is mother to three beautiful children (young adults) Christopher, Olivia and Daniel. As a dancer, choreographer, teacher Mona realizes the importance of correct body usage and a love of dance; her classes emphasize techniques and understanding which support proper development of the budding dancer.
Jacquelyn received her BFA from Chapman University in Dance Performance with a Minor in Communication Studies. Extensively trained as a contemporary jazz dancer and choreographer, she danced at the Jazz Dance World Congress, American College Dance Festival, Long Beach Grand Prix, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Sean Greene Dance Company and The Carnival. In addition to live stage, Jacquelyn worked on television shows and promos on MTV, SiTV and many music videos.
Jacquelyn then experienced the dance industry from a Dance Agent’s point of view. Beginning as an internship based purely on curiosity, she ended up discovering that being a Dance Agent at DDO Artists Agency was the next stop on the map of her career. With years of experience and education in dance, it was a perfect outlet to share her knowledge and to guide young talent to living out their dreams of dancing professionally. She helped launch the careers of countless dancers, choreographers, models, singers, actors and stunt performers from across the country. Her former talent can be seen on TV, Feature Films, Commercials Artist Tours and Music Videos including Music Videos including the High School Musical Films, GLEE, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, The Muppets Movie, Campaigns for GAP, Old Navy, Sears, SYTYCD, DWTS, Wicked on Broadway, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, just to name a few!
After years of working as a Talent Agent, Jacquelyn made the transition back to Orange County to further her career as a teacher in dance studios, high schools and universities, to train and inspire young dancers. She hopes to educate dancers about the realities of college or career and lead dancers in the right direction after high school. She teaches all ages, recreational to professional level, in the styles of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, creative movement/preschool dance and audition techniques. Jacquelyn remains well connected in all aspects of dance internationally; as she can still be seen on tour with dance conventions, guest teaching, choreographing award winning competition numbers, judging and lecturing on the commercial dance industry. She is a Manager for Hollywood Connection Dance Convention and Competition, as well as a Representative for DIVINA Dancewear. If you haven't met Jacquelyn already, you are sure to cross paths with her soon!