At the age of 10, Jacquelyn began her professional dance career at Disneyland which opened the doors for years of performing for the Disney Company. She grew up singing and dancing with theatre companies, training and performing at Jimmie Defore Dance Center, as well as Orange County School of the Arts.
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 events such as 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 discovered that becoming a Dance Agent at DDO Artists Agency was the next stop on the map of her career. With years of performance experience and an education in dance, it was a perfect outlet to share her knowledge and guide young talent in pursuing 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 Nike, Adidas, the High School Musical Films, GLEE, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Campaigns for GAP, Old Navy, Sears, SYTYCD, DWTS, Wicked on Broadway, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, just to name a few!
After years of experience as a Talent Agent, Jacquelyn can now be found teaching internationally. Her focus is training, preparing and motivating dancers during their transition into professional careers and/or college. As a Dance Educator, she lectures on the Realities of the Commercial Dance Industry and holds Mock Audition Workshops, in order to provide young dancers with the necessary tools and information to confidently approach the professional world. Locally in Orange County, she is the Director of Artists Emerging at South Coast Conservatory, a Pre-Professional Industry Training Program. She also choreographs award winning studio competition routines, with the intentions of creating memorable entertainers that are ready to work in the industry! Jacquelyn travels as the Tour Manager for Hollywood Connection Dance Convention and co-teaches their Broadway Baby Program. Jacquelyn is a Breast Cancer Survivor. She was recently featured as a dancer and cancer warrior in Daddy Yankee’s Latin American Music Awards performance, “Yo Contra Ti.” Her most important job yet though, is being a mother to her baby boy Beckham Boyd Gunn! If you haven’t met Jacquelyn already, you are sure to cross paths with her soon!