Academy of the Arts is proud to be the training school for the Jackson Dance Company (JDC), lead by Artistic Director Kate Price.

The Jackson Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that connects the artistry of dance with our passion for Christ. We will strive to encourage audiences by using the talents and gifts that God has given us.  JDC members are selected through a yearly audition process and must show a high level of commitment.  Jackson Dance Company incorporated as a 501 c (3) in April 2015.  JDC's charitable purpose is to engage and assist activities that educate the public about Christ through dance in the Jackson Community.  JDC promotes opportunities for learning and provides moral and financial support to Company dancers.

2018/2019 Repertoire

  • Nutcracker - December 8 and 9, 2018
  • JDC Showcase and Silent Auction - Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • DMI Dearborn Convention and Competition - February 1 - 3, 2019
  • Academy of the Arts Spring Recital - May 17 and 18, 2019

Community Outreach

JDC has a greater purpose than simply to dance and perform.  Our dancers are involved in many activities to bring dance into the lives of many members of the greater Jackson community.  Each year we sponsor a Daddy/Daughter Dance at our studio, work at the Red Egg Farm in Spring Arbor and assist at the Academy of the Arts in classes and other special events.  Are you interested in having our dancers participate or perform at your event?  Contact Nicole McIntosh at ncmcintosh@jacksondancecompany.com

Convention and Competitions

Each year, the Jackson Dance Company attends various DanceMakers (DMI) Conventions and Competitions to train and interact with some of the best dance instructors in the industry. Historically we stay close to home, attending in Dearborn, MI, but we will venture to Indianapolis and Chicago now and then. We love the instruction that is given to our students at DMI and are proud of the awards JDC has received at these Competitions.

Mentorship and Guidance

Our Company members have the opportunity to participate in monthly team-building exercises and connections with different levels of the Company.  Younger members are paired with older "big sisters" to provide a mentorship that lasts the dance season (one year at a time).  Older Company members learn how to mentor and provide much needed emotional and spiritual guidance to our younger members. Everyone enjoys these monthly interactions at our CONNECT meetings.

JDC is more than a pre-professional dance company. We are more than just dance training.  JDC shares a love for Christ, we build lasting friendships, strength of character and we do this all in an encouraging and safe environment.


JACKSON DANCE COMPANY - Designed to Move.  Designed to Love.

United with Beauty - Spring 2018