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Jacqueline McCausland

Adjunct Faculty in Dance Studies

During her high school and college years, Adjunct Dance Lecturer Jacqueline studied many forms of dance with outstanding dance teachers and artists including Nona Schurman, Andre Eglevsky, Richard Jones, and Kazuko Hirobayashi. She graduated from Empire State College (BPS; Dance) after attending SUNY Purchase and SUNY Geneseo. In 1982 Jacqueline opened the Valley School of Dance in Geneseo where she continues to serve as the studio’s owner and director, along with co-owning and co-directing Shakti Yoga in Geneseo since 1989. She has bee a certified Anusara Yoga instructor since 2009; as well, she is also a registered certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance and Kula Evolution. Jacqueline also serves on the faculty of the Program in Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester, teaching dance and yoga courses since 2000.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.P.S. in dance, Empire State University


  • Dance faculty, SUNY Geneseo

  • Dance faculty, University of Rochester

  • Owner and director of the Valley School of Dance

  • Certified E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher

  • Co-director, Shakti Yoga Center


  • DANC 100: F/Introduction to Dance

    A survey of various styles of dance, selected from ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic, and folk. Included are the historical background of theatrical dance, experience with dance technique and choreography, Labanotation, films on dance in various societies, demonstrations of lighting and costuming, dance criticism, and the contemporary scene. (Readings and attendance at on-campus performances or films is required.)