Miss Jackie started ballet at the age of 3, and went on to Elmhurst Ballet School when she was 16 to train in classical ballet, jazz and flamenco dance. She worked as a dancer on cruise ships, (the Achille Lauro and the Angelina Lauro 2), then toured Italy in various dance groups.
She changed career to become a physiotherapist – trained at University West of England in Bristol. She has worked as a physiotherapist since 1997 – both at Cheltenham General Hospital, then at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital since 1999 to the current day.
Following seeing a programme on TV a few years ago about how dance can help people with Parkinson’s with many of their symptoms, she completed a Dance for Parkinson’s course with English National Ballet. Along with dance teacher Katie Kelsey, she set up dance classes in Exeter for people with Parkinson’s in 2017, which are popular. (For more details, see the website: www.danceforparkinsonsexeter.co.uk).
She has two daughters – one is a student and assistant at MPSD.
Miss Jackie is excited and honoured to be asked to teach occasionally as a cover teacher at MPSD.