Jacqueline (Jacqui) Dugal is a Queens-based performer, choreographer, and producer originally from South Florida where they began dancing at Thomas Dance Studio in Lake Worth. Jacqui received their BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida in Tampa. While at USF, performed various faculty and guest artist works, including Lucifer’s Prance, choreographed by Robert Moses (San Francisco, California, USA) and Koto Excerpts choreographed by Alonzo King of LINES Ballet (San Francisco, California, USA).
Jacqui has studied contemporary movement in Paris, France with various artists, and in Rome, Italy with Spellbound Contemporary Ballet Company. Jacqui performed a trio at the COCO International Dance Festival in Trinidad & Tobago during their undergraduate studies. Upon graduation, on a full tuition scholarship, Jacqui studied in Mexico with the ArcDanz International program and performed at Mexico City’s Museo Soumaya.
In New York Jacqui has worked with Company XIV, The Von Howard Project, Roschman Dance Company, Michiyaya Dance, Impact Movement Collective, SummerRISE Dance. Their choreographic work has been showcased in France, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Trinidad in various festivals and showcases, including COCO International Dance Festival and Queensboro Dance Festival for the past 4 years. Jacqui has been commissioned by the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, The International Human Rights Arts Festival, selected for Mare Nostrum Elements Emerging Choreographer’s Series as a 2016 participant and 2017 returning choreographer, awarded Director’s Choice at Spoke The Hub’s Winter Follies, and commissioned as a teaching artist for Mare Nostrum Elements Children's Physical Theatre Young Wave program. Jacqui received a New Work grant from Queen Council on the Arts in 2017 & 2019. They have also served as an Art Producer for the inaugural year of Queens Council on the Arts Artist Commissioning Program.
Jacqui also works as a Community Leasing Associate with Spaceworks NYC developing and operating workspace for artist & creative entrepreneurs across New York City. They act as Production Manager for Mare Nostrum Elements Emerging Choreographer Series and have worked with Miki Orihara on her solo show and the NuVu Festival in Long Island City, Queens as a Production Manager.
I am interested in diversity of human landscape, learning from each other’s differences, and promoting individuality in my work. Exploration of self, the human race, and inner workings of the mind drives my choreography. Battling notions of belonging, independence, and the concept of the individual against the group appear as themes in my work as I encourage performers to embrace their differences. Feeding off the uncomfortable, I enjoy setting work that is confrontational as to disrupt routine and rid the fake façade that mainstream society often outwardly displays. Psychology, science, and social justice topics often influence my work. Research aids creation while initiating conversations between artists and the audience.
I believe the mind is a powerful attribute; using the mind-body connection through movement to physicalize ideas and emotions. My movement reflects contemporary and European influences with an aesthetic that is grounded, physical, and animalistic reflecting the bestiality of humanity. Interested in the ugly, the contorted, and the beauty in the deconstructed, distorted and the unusual.