Jackie Doherty trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary at the pre-professional dance program of Bush Davies School, UK and was awarded a full scholarship to complete her senior year at London Studio Center in London, England. Jackie began her professional career dancing with The Israel Ballet dancing full length ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Graduation Ball, Les Syphides, Giselle, Napoli, Paquita and Coppélia. She had the privilege of dancing in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Symphony in C and works by director Berta Yampolsky. She appreciates her additional experience under the direction of ballet master Nikolai de Lusignan. Jackie performed on numerous European tours with The Israel Ballet, Cwmni Ballet Gwent, Classical Production and Opera North and appeared in many charitable galas in the UK. Jackie’s career in teaching started when she arrived in America in 2000. She has taught ballet to children from ages 5 through to adults. She attended the American Academy of Dance Teachers Training Course and is also a fully certified teacher with the American Ballet Theater. Jackie Doherty is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Youth Ballet since 2012. The Metropolitan Youth Ballet company has staged performances of Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White as well as having performed many original and contemporary works with Jackie Doherty and guest choreographers. Jackie Doherty has held the position of Dance Chair at the Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy since its inception in 2013. The dance program has expanded extensively and is now running two tracks, one for musical theater and one for concert dance. The Academy program is also available to complete beginners in their dance education. Students from the Academy and Metropolitan Youth ballet have been accepted into high level summer programs, performing arts college programs and professional companies. Jackie Doherty has directed the annual production of Nutcracker at Metropolitan School of the Arts for the last 12 years. She has continued to grow the performance and it has grown from a cast of 90 cast members to 150 .