Jacqueline D. Banks has over 25 years of dance training and over 15 years of nurturing the gifts of others while working as a dance educator, choreographer, business woman, and public speaker. She earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in dance from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
As the Founder of Born 2 Perform she is committed to fostering an environment that speaks to quality and clarity in both academic standards and performance with a focus to enable the next generation of artists to speak with distinction about themselves through the cultural language of dance.
Jacqueline has been recognized and awarded for her choreography, showmanship, and theater stage direction by Howard University, Showstoppers, Dance Showcase USA, I Love Dance, Starbound, and Starlight. She is a former Ms. Congeniality of the International Hal Jackson Talented Teen, Ms. GMWA Christian Debutante, and Miss Hal Jackson Talented Texas.
With over 10 years of intense professional training, Jacqueline has toured internationally with Step Afrika!, nationally with the Roxie Roker Repertory Touring Company and the Howard University Dance Ensemble. She has trained with several dance pioneers and current industry professionals while attending Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Professional Summer Intensive (Scholarship Recipient), Earl Moseley Institute for the Arts, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet International Summer Institute, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conferences.
Recognizing the immense responsibility of carrying the torch and continuing the legacy of all who’ve come before her, Jacqueline thanks God, her mentors, her students, friends, and family.