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Teaching & Choreography

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Jacque in her solo show "From Main Street to 42nd Street"

Jacque Carnahan is an avid educator and choreographer. Currently, Jacque is teaching “College Prep” acting classes to rising high school seniors as they prepare to audition for college. Her students have been accepted into schools such as The Boston Conservatory, University of Michigan, New York University, Emerson College, the Hart School, Wagner College, and Ithaca College of Music. 


Jacque got the teaching bug when she was asked to lead a weekly tap technique brush up class at The Boston Conservatory while still a student. It was in those first classes that Jacque discovered her attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively with students of all levels. Jacque doesn’t let the small stuff slide and is dedicated to helping each student succeed. 


After spending ten years as a performer, Jacque found herself back in the classroom teaching tap, musical theatre dance, ballet, and musical theater at a performing arts academy in Long Island, NY. She also choreographed several Mainstage Musicals such as Grease, The Wedding Singer, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. 


Jacque started to become known as the choreographer that could make ANY level of dancer look great. Her choreography is creative, achievable, clean, and is all inspired by the story. She was able to hone her choreographic storytelling skills while working at The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ on such shows as Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, and Matilda. 


Eager to return to her alma mater, Jacque has been a two-time guest artist at Idyllwild Arts Academy where she taught audition technique, tap, musical theatre, and shared her wealth of knowledge about pursuing the “business of show”. 


Jacque is accepting new students! Please say hello if you are interested in a coaching or masterclass! 


Jacque’s moto: 


“Amatures prepare until they get it right. Professionals prepare until they won’t get it wrong.” Angela Landsbury 


Download Jacque's Teaching Resume

McCarter Theater

Director/Choreographer/Teaching Artist Summers 2015-2019
Princeton, NJ

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Director/Choreographer/Teaching Artist. Fall Intensive, 2018, Idyllwild, Ca

The Play Group Theater

Choreographer/Director/Teaching Artist 2012-2014​
White Plains, NY​

From Stage to Screen
Tap & Musical Theatre Dance Instructor, Audition Coach, Choreographer. 2009-2018

Huntington, NY

Wingspan Arts

Musical Theatre Teaching Artist and Choreographer. 2011-2016

Webseries: A New Musical, 2013
Choreographer: McMusical, Nightlock Lullabye, Magic Shoes


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