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Jacqueline 

Director / Owner

Jacqueline

Jacqueline, a native Long Islander has been teaching classical ballet for over 25 years. Her ballet training stems from the Vaganova method of the Russian school. Following her studies at the Seiskaya Ballet school, Jacqueline was invited by Peter Stark, the director of the Orlando Ballet school and apprentice Company (Orlando FL) to direct and teach the children's division of the Orlando Ballet school. She also served as coach for competitive students. While in Orlando FL she worked with Bruce Marks, director, supervising the children's participation in company performances such as the Nutcracker Suite, Mid Summer Nights Dream, and children's ballet programs. During her time in Orlando she also attended the ABT and CPYB teachers training course. Upon her return to NY, Jacqueline was asked to join the teaching staff of Laszlo Berdo at the Eglevsky Ballet School. There, recognizing the immense commitment students and families expressed for dance education has prompted her to peruse and initiate a ballet program of her own. Jackie, as she is known by her students, is now director of the" Long Island Youth Ballet " located in Huntington NY. Along with her three children, Krystina, Kyra and Kyle, together they bring a source of nurturing excellency to all young student who wish to participate in the art of classical ballet.

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Kyra and Krystina


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                    Kyra and Krystina Wendelken of Long Island NY, began their classical ballet training at a very young age. During their childhood and training with their mother Jacqueline Jaramillo, then, on staff at the Seiskaya ballet school and Academy, Kyra and Krystina quickly became promising young students. At the age of 10 both dancers were offered full scholarships to attend the Orlando ballet school in Orlando Florida, awarded by school director Peter Stark. While training in FL, various performance opportunities were possible. Both young ladies appeared in the professional companies performances such as Mid Summers Night Dream, works and staged by Bruce Wells, Nutcracker Suite, choreography by Fernando Bujones, directed by Bruce Marks, and Peter and the Wolf, directed and staged by Robert Hill. Also, as students, danced Demi soloist parts of Giselle and Paquita Pas de trios. While gaining technical experience, Kyra and Krystina participated regularly in intense ballet competitions like, YAGP, Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competition. Both dancers placing in top 12 and receiving numerous scholarships. More recently the Valentina Koslova International Ballet Competition in NY city, dancing classical Pas de Deux and "Underwater" contemporary quartet choreography by Mimmo Miccolis, awarded repeatedly, "best choreographer" at YAGP.

Highlights Of Career To Present:

Before dancing with TWB, they trained at CPYB, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Eglevsky Ballet studio company. They danced roles in Choreoplan, Carnival of the Animals, Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Vivaldi Concerto and "Still" Pas de Deux. At present Kyra and Krystina are touring with Ballet Nepantla of New York City, a company with a Latin American flair for new and old world texture of dance arts and making solo guest appearances during holiday performances.

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Highlights