Jaclyn Gailit-Lutz "Miss Jackie" is a Williamsport native and began her
dance training as a toddler. Miss Jackie's instruction began under her mother, Diane Gailit, who was the artistic director/owner
of Miss Diane's School of the Dance from 1975-1988. Miss Diane took a break from the business to raise a family, but re-opened
as Diane Gailit's Turning Pointe Dance in 1996. Miss Jackie had been training in gymnastics and taking dance classes at local
studios up until the re-opening. During her senior year at Loyalsock Township High School, Miss Jackie received the Suzette
Lynn Bierman Bedford Memorial Award from Marguerite Bierman for her artistic and theatrical abilities.
After graduating from Loyalsock Township High School in 1997, Miss Jackie furthered
her dance education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.F.A. in Related Arts/Dance in 2001. Miss
Jackie also had 2 minors that related to her major, which consisted of Music and Visual Arts.
Jackie was a member of Kutztown University's dance company the Performing Dance Portmanteau (PDP) for 4 consecutive years;
Treasurer of PDP from 1999-2000; President of PDP from 2000-2001. Miss Jackie received the Dean Lenhart Memorial Award her
senior year. Dean Lenhart was the founder of PDP. The award was given out to one senior member who showed outstanding creativity
and who took that "extra" step.
During her years at Kutztown University, Miss Jackie attended
master classes given by MOMIX, the Martha Graham Company, Mark Morris, and David Parsons. She also worked with a modern teacher
from the Limon Institute who choreographed for PDP from 2000-2001.
After college graduation, Miss
Jackie taught dance classes and choreographed at Diane Gailit's Turning Pointe Dance for 2 years. When her mother, Miss Diane,
moved to Florida in November 2004, Miss Jackie took over the studio business, changing the studio name to Turning Pointe School
The late Marguerite Bierman mentored and encouraged Miss Jackie in the art of dance from 1997-2013. Marguerite
commissioned and gave Miss Jackie opportunities to choreograph special and memorable pieces. On Sunday, February 7, 2010,
Jaclyn choreographed and performed an original dance piece for the Gazebo Dedication at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport,
PA. The dedication of the gazebo was in loving memory of Marguerite's father, Lt. Colonel Clarence Bierman and Marguerite's
sister, Suzette Lynn Bierman Bedford.
On Sunday, October 6, 2013, Miss Jackie was commissioned to choreograph
and perform The Elephant and The Flea and Finlandia at Marguerite Bierman's A Celebration of Aliveness
event at DiSalvo's.
Miss Jackie had the opportunity
to co-choreograph 4 Montoursville High School musicals under the direction of Denise Connor and Jaclyn Gilbert. Pippin
in 2014, Shrek The Musical in 2015, and Once On This Island in 2016, and White Christmas in 2016.
Pippin and Shrek The Musical won Best Choreography at the Ray of Lights at the Community Arts Center.
In 2015, Miss Jackie choreographed Monty Python's Spamalot at CTL in Williamsport, PA.
In 2016, Miss Jackie choreographed The Addams Family at CTL in Williamsport, PA.
Miss Jackie attended Dance Teacher Summit (DTS) in New York City in July 2013 and
in July 2014. DTS is a 4 day dance teacher workshop with opportunities to take classes, workshops, and seminars from master
teachers in the dance field.
Dance Conventions and Competitions:
Jackie and her Ballet Company Competition Team attended Tremaine Dance Convention and Cash Awards Competition in
New York City in July 2015 and July 2016. Miss Jackie and the team took dance classes in all styles of dance for 3 days,
with 2 nights of competition. Students have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in multiple dance
Prior to Tremaine, Miss Jackie and TPSB attended three Break The Floor Productions
conventions and competitions: Jump! in 2013, NUVO in 2013, and Jump! in 2015
In November 2015, Miss Jackie choreographed a piano/violin Pas de Deux
for the TPSB Ballet Company to perform in the Greece Comes To Kutzown event. The Company danced in Schaeffer Auditorium,
accompanied by live musicians from Greece.
In April 2016, Miss Jackie and the TPSB Ballet Company performed
Sir Karl Jenkins Requiem with the Williamsport Civic Chorus. Miss Jackie choreographed 8 out of 13 songs from Karl
Jenkins' Requiem on the Company.
Miss Jackie has been involved with Williamsport's First Friday
events in August 2014, August 2015, and August 2016. During the event, the TPSB Ballet Company performs ballet demonstrations,
re-constructed ballet variations, original choreography, and student history projects.
Miss Jackie continues to research and learn more about her craft every day. Her main goal is to inspire and
educate young dancers and teach them not only dance skills, but life skills, as well. Miss Jackie welcomes everyone to join
her dance family at TPSB.
This will be Miss Jackie's 15th year as Owner/Artistic
Director of Turning Pointe School of Ballet.