Jaclyn (Capozzi) Demianiuk, Program Director/Choreographer
A native of Saugus, Massachusetts, Jaclyn began her study of dance at a young age under the direction and guidance of Donna Leonard. Jaclyn received her B.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. While studying at Umass she performed with many troupes including: Univeristy Dancers, Alive With Dance, Emerging Choreographer’s Series, The Multiband Concert in The Blue Danube Walze, and the American College Dance Festival of America. Her most notable performances were George Balanchine’s Serenade (under the direction of Victoria Simon) and Time (under the direction of Mark Davis). She had the opportunity to receive the highest level of training by participating in workshops and classes by renowned companies and choreographers such as: Paul Taylor, Hubbard Street Dance, Pearl Primis, and American Ballet Theatre II. In 2002, Jaclyn received the Chancellor’s Talent Award Scholarship given to a student who shows excellence and high potential in dance.
In June 2000, Jaclyn completed the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston Teacher Training Program. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Jazz Scholarship in her second year. She was installed as a member to DTCB in March 2007. Jaclyn has been an active teacher and choreographer for many years, currently at Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose and the Kathy McCrohon Dance Center in Needham. She serves as a judge to several dance competitions throughout New England. In 2009 she was Dance Program Director at Camp Pontiac in Copake, NY. Jaclyn is the resident Artistic Director of Melrose Youth Ballet, a non-profit organization that offers professional full-scale performance opportunities to dancers between the ages of 7 and 18.