Faculty

Jaclyn Augustyn Smith

OWNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ms. Jaclyn’s training began in Youngstown, Ohio. She went on achieve her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University with a focus in technology, production and performance as well as arts management. Her talents were put to work at OSU where she taught undergraduate dance classes, and facilitated Dance Major auditions with Professor Mockabee while bringing back the annual Jazz/Tap concert for budding choreographers. Named in the Who’s Who National Registry for Business owners in 2007-2013 and National Registry for Professional Women in 2014, Jaclyn’s fearlessness has pushed CORE to become the fastest growing dance school in our area and is recognized by Dance publications for her marketing techniques and success since 2004. Jaclyn works as a consultant for various Dance magazines in areas such as marketing, curriculum writing, early childhood dance programs and business management and was featured in Dance Magazine in 2006 as a “Force to be Reckoned With” in their spotlight article for dance professionals under the age of 30. CORE has been voted as Burlington County’s “Best Dance Studio” for consecutive years since 2009.

Her combinations of traditional and contemporary styles create unique pieces from beginner to the most advanced dancers and range from high school musicals to Off-Broadway performances with the American Tap Dance Foundation, The 2003 Elan Awards honoring Rob Marshall from the motion picture Chicago and as a featured dancer in the Garden State Dance Festival among others. She has been invited by countless companies such as J&J’s Dance, BCIT and BCC, Holy Cross HS, to create choreography and curriculum including local public and private high schools.  Jaclyn’s dedication as an educator has allowed her to reach into various aspects of the dance industry such as competition judging, college education, youth leadership, marketing, technology.. Ms. Smith also participates in National Dance Week as a State Delegate.  CORE is a high school chapter for the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. In 2008, Jaclyn began a course for Graduating SR’s that prepares them for auditions, interviews and other areas for entrance into a professional arts career. In 2016, Jaclyn began her formal education in Special Needs Movement and Dance Therapy. Jaclyn holds a certification through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a curriculum that teaches children with special learning needs and considerations.

 

Jaclyn’s projects have included the founding of the performance group, Xtensions, for community outreach and the development of young dancers. Xtensions has performed at the Jeanne Ruddy Performance Garage in Philadelphia, the Garden State Dance Festival and Project Dance. In 2010, the company was recognized by the esteemed panel of judges from “So, You Think You Can Dance.” With choreography by fellow teachers, the cast received national awards and will present at the PULSE National Convention in NYC in summer of 2010. 

 

In 2018, CORE was recognized and accepted into the I.D.E.A. (International Dance Educators Association), which is currently comprised of 260 organizations around the globe, for excellence in dance education.  Additionally, CORE has been invited as an ambassador to the Wingman for Dance program and implements their philosophies for young people in our weekly lessons.

 

Jaclyn holds a multitude of certifications in pre/post natal fitness instruction and health, Pilates, Yoga and cross-training. She maintains professorship at local colleges and universities implementing dance technique and movement fundamentals.

In 2020, Jaclyn was the Executive Producer for The Nutcracker drive in movie, with technical production by Christopher Winkler and choreography by Emily Kimble.  The project premiered as a drive in movie and was awarded a B.E.A Award for outstanding children's content and a Telly, bronze, for children's content.