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, as well as Westminster College to create choreography and curriculum including local public and private high schools. Ms. Jaclyn maintains her own training at STEPS on Broadway in NYC and introduces her students to the “scene” as often as possible. Jaclyn’s dedication as an educator has allowed her to reach into various aspects of the dance industry such as competition judging, and the development of a system of exercises and techniques based upon Myo-Skeletal Therapy used to strengthen dancers who have sustained injuries or suffer from chronic weaknesses. Ms. Smith also participates in National Dance Week as a State Delegate. She works for the Costume Gallery, posing models for their annual costume catalogs and helps raise money for Dance for the Cure. Through Future Scholars Early Learning Center in Hainesport, The YMCA and other township based programs, Ms. Jaclyn is implementing after school and rec programs for the elementary children at schools in our county. Her teaching can be enjoyed at local schools and day care centers and her dancers have gone on to successful careers at esteemed Colleges and Universities such as Ohio State, Boston Conservatory, Fordham, Montclair… In 2008, Jaclyn began a course for Graduating SR’s that will prepare them for auditions, interviews and other areas for entrance into a professional arts career. Her coursework has been redesigned and organized as an Associate degree at Rowan College and is currently being evaluated at national college and universities as a “Dance Studio Management” track within their reputable Dance Degree. In 2016, Jaclyn began her formal education in Special Needs Movement and Dance Therapy. Beginning with a certification through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, Jaclyn is completing online and in person focused study in teaching methods designed for those with individual learning differences and other special needs. The Academy will soon offer classes and workshops to extend the joys of dance and effective learning styles to those who could benefit from specialized coursework. She’s so excited!!

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. During the 2009-2010 dance season, Ms. Jaclyn began a Master Class workshop on behalf of CORE titled “Dance Touch Collective” that continues to travel internationally and includes Teachers’ Training syllabi, pre-professional coursework and choreography as well as kinesiology for the dancer with So You Think You Can Dance cast mates Brice Johnson, Tadd Gadduang, Wadi Jones, Ashley Rich, Clarice Ordaz, Jess LeProtto and several Broadway performers. In 2015, the company moved to a permanent home at 10 Hartford Rd. in Mt Laurel, NJ The 10,000+ sq ft facility allows the school to constantly offer opportunities in instruction, celebrations and in house performances.

In 2018, Jaclyn became one of the only Certified dance educators in south Jersey in the area of Special Needs Dance.  She is under contract with The Bancroft School of Haddonfield and private therapists to support the developmental needs of children and adults with special learning needs.

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.

In 2019, CORE recieved recognition as an official chapter for National Honors Society for Dance.

With invaluable input from Lauren Rahilly, the team has designed a complete adult fitness program, COREvolution- a comprehensive fitness program including strength, resistance, endurance and stretch that is taught in house at CORE. Lauren’s extensive fitness experience as a member of the coaching staff at Philadelphia Crossfit and fitness centers allows the program to remain cutting edge.

Jaclyn holds a multitude of certifications in pre/post natal fitness instruction and health, Pilates, and has released a number of instructional DVDs. She maintains professorship at local colleges and universities implementing dance technique and movement fundamentals.