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Jaclyn Horsley Shiflett

Founder/Artistic Director, The Dance Studio


Jaclyn Horsley Shiflett is a Birmingham native who has traveled extensively studying, competing, creating, and performing. Her teaching career began 20 years ago with Monica Barnett Smith, Founder of Exclusively Ballet, who presented the opportunity to choreograph, costume, direct and produce competitive teams and annual recitals. Six years ago Jaclyn founded The Dance Studio in Hoover, AL where she has continued to encourage young artists to pursue excellence in dance. 


Jaclyn specializes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern and has been training in these styles plus Hip-Hop, and Tap since the age of three. Her pursuits began with Monica Barnett Smith of Exclusively Ballet along-side Wes Chapman and Roger VanFleteren of the Alabama Ballet. She continued her education at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, The South Carolina Conservatory, STEPS, Broadway Dance Center, Pineapple London, and Birmingham-Southern College, where she double majored in Dance and Business. As a performer her favorite role was: Dew Drop Fairy (Nutcracker).

At a young age Jaclyn developed a passion for dance education, personal development, and choreography. Throughout her dance career she has had to opportunity to learn and grow in Conservatory and Commercial environments with: Marcus Bugler, Jose Traba, Joe Fritz, Edward Villella , Susan Jaffe, Teri Weksler, Sheila Barker, Melissa Verzino, Julie Oliver, Mira Popovich, Ruth Henry, Sidney Lowenthal, Joe Lanteri, Tyce Diorio, Stacey Tookey, Mia Michaels, and Travis Wall. She is an avid learner and constantly pursues opportunities to further develop her knowledge base and build upon the inspired foundation set by these industry greats in order to be the best teacher she can be for her students.


It has been an honor to watch students achieve success at the regional, national, collegiate, and professional levels during her career. She has worked with students to earn competitive accolades, scholarships, pre-professional intensive admissions, & undergraduate collegiate admissions. She is grateful for her students and the opportunity to grow along-side them as she pushes them to reach their full potential through technique, performance, and commitment. 

Recent Productions:

Overture Season 1 2018-2019

Take Flight Season 2 2019-2020

Stars of the Silver Screen Season 3 2020-2021

The Sound of Music Ballet Season 4 Fall 2021

Ever After Season 4 2021-2022

Cinderella Season 4 2021-2022

The Sound of Music Ballet Season 5 Fall 2022

The Sleeping Beauty Season 5 2022-2023

A Million Dreams Season 5 2022-2023

The Wizard of Oz Ballet Season 6 Fall 2023


Recent Awards: 

Best Technical Execution: Daydreams

Best Choreography: Burn, Roslyn, Run, Heavy

Most Entertaining: Burn, La Fille Mal Gardee

Standout Routine (Choreography, Costume, & Theme): Run, Heavy, Desperado

1st Place Overall: Titanium

Past Productions:

The Sleeping Beauty

The Nutcracker

Alice in Wonderland

The Lion King

Snow White


The Phantom of the Opera



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