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Meet Jaquasia Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaquasia Brown.

Hi Jaquasia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I created The Arts University in 2017 after creating a dance program at the YMCA in Carrboro, NC. My goal was to create a School for all of the Arts with purpose. I came from a trade high school in New Jersey where I was fortunate to learn all about dance history, how to create a full production and at the end of my senior year, I was able to graduate with a Dance Certification. I wanted all of what I learned in High School to reflect in The Arts University. My goal is to create a school that caters to all the forms in the Arts; Dance, Music, Writing, Art, Singing, and Theatre with the option of enrolling into our certification program.

Thanks to our partnership with BF Boxing, we are now able to open our dance program where we offer Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Yoga for all ages. We plan to reach out to local Senior Citizen homes and Daycares to provide extra physical activities; even local gyms and athletic groups to provide a different way a training and stretching. We are currently gearing up for our All Dance Summer Intensive which provides a 2 hour lesson for both children and adults.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We were grateful to join BF Boxing early in 2020 however while going through a pandemic opening a dance school or any school is very difficult. Especially when the school systems are only 50% open. Joining any extra physical activities were far from everyone’s mind. Thankfully we do have a few students and plan to gain more as we slowly open back up.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am the Executive Director and Teacher for The Arts University. I teach our Ballet, Tap, and Jazz classes of our program, I also run our certification program for students who wish to become a performers and teachers. I believe I am known for my unique teaching technique and style. I like to play around with different tempos in a song while choreographing, I like to mix different genres of music with different genres of dance. When creating a piece, I think about it as a full on production. I can picture the lighting, costumes and the tempo of the choreography just by listening to a song. I believe I am different because not a lot of people get to learn about dance, it never goes beyond the movement for most dance studios, but we as dance teachers should be teaching our students how to spell these French Ballet words like Plie and Jete so they can handle a ballet audition in France. I love the Arts so much that I have to spread the knowledge!

How do you think about happiness?
My students make me happy, I love tracking their improvements. I love how each of my students are able to be themselves around me. Another goal of mine is to make sure that each of my students gains more than just dance knowledge from me. As a teacher, I feel that it is my duty to share everything I wish I had learned with them so they can be better; that goes beyond dance. I do not just want to teach them how to dance, but how to heal through dance; along with the other arts. I want to teach them how to heal, treat and respect their bodies. The memories that I have with all of my students make me happy.

Pricing:

  • 1 class weekly ( 4-5 classes per month)$105
  • 2 classes weekly (8-10 classes per month) $195
  • 3 classes weekly (12-15 classes per month) $275
  • Each Additional class $75
  • Private lesson $45

Contact Info:

  • Email: Theartsuniversity@gmail.com
  • Website: bodyforcegym.com
  • Instagram: TheArtsUniversity
  • Facebook: The Arts University

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