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Jacqueline Nalett (Adjunct Faculty) has taught jazz, modern and aesthetics at UH for many years. She is also adjunct dance faculty at Rice University where she teaches jazz, hiphop ,and contemporary dance and where she recently received the Frank W. Bearden Award for Teaching Excellence. She is an independent choreographer and performer as well as a dance teaching artist with Young Audiences of Houston. With Young Audiences she goes into classrooms and combines creative dance with academic subjects. Her choreography has been presented at Wortham Theatre in downtown Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, UH, Rice, Mount Holyoke College, American College Dance Festivals in New England and Texas, and the Houston Jewish Community Center's Summer Series. As a performer she has danced in her own works at Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, jhon stronks’ Venturing Out Series and performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre in the work of Teresa Chapman. She received her B.A. in Dance and Visual Art from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where her biggest dance influences were former Bill Evans dancers Debbie Poulsen and Terese Freedman and musician Peter Jones. She also trained to be a ballroom dance teacher at the River Oaks School of Dance and taught modern dance at The Hope Center in Houston.