Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Jackie Nowicki went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University, where she graduated summa cum laude, was named Presidential Scholar, and was awarded Distinguished Alumna for the 2016 school year. She worked as a part time faculty member at WMU for one semester before journeying out to New York City, where her athletic, daring, and unique approach to movement have made her a sought out teacher and choreographer. Jackie was a full time faculty member at Peridance Capezio Center, and a guest teacher at Broadways Dance Center and Steps on Broadway as well as teaching internationally in Rome, Italy. She currently teaches at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago, and is on faculty for Celebrity Dance Conventions, Turn it Up Dance Challenge, and Stage Door Workshops specializing in Contemporary and Improv classes. Jackie's work has been commissioned by numerous colleges, dance companies, studios, and universities including The Ailey School, Elon University, The HARTT School, Salve Regina University, Western Michigan University, Urbanity, the Peridance Certificate Program, and many more. . Her choreography has won many acclamations and awards and was even selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the American College Dance Association's 2016 National Festival.
After many years refining herself as an artist, Jackie decided to start submitting her own work to festivals and showcases throughout New York, and thereafter NOW Dance Project was formed. Within the companies first few years it was selected to perform in The Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographers Project, Mouthfull, Pushing Progress Showcase Series 2016 and 2017, numerous Peridance Faculty Concerts, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, Y Cabaret, the Polyhedron Music & Arts Festival, and many more. NOW Dance Project also premiered its first ever evening-length work, WHOLE, to sold out audiences at the West End Theater in February, 2017. Jackie recently relocated to Chicago, IL, where she is ecstatic to be in the beginning stages of NOW Dance Project’s Chicago Edition while continuing to work and create with the Company still in New York.
As a performer, Jackie has had the privilege of working for numerous choreographer and companies. She dances for Pilobolus Dance Theater in their PCS Company and has performed for them all over the world including Abu Dhabi, Germany, Italy, and Mexico. She is a company member with Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, and is a project based dancer with Calen Kurka's :pushing progress, Marlena Wolfe's The Wolfe Project, Tyler Gilstrap’s TUNANUT, and Ashley Lindsey Dance. Jackie’s versatility as an artist has also landed her many other opportunities including performing with Neo at an Xbox live event in Times Square, numerous Good Morning America live broadcasts, and various music videos and flash mobs throughout the city. In addition to dancing, teaching, and choreographing, Jackie also judges for dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada, and she is a nationally certified personal trainer.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Tuesday 11:30am- 1:15pm // Thursday 7:30pm- 9:00pm at Visceral Dance Studio in Chicago, IL.