Originally from Dallas, Cari Jackson started dancing at age three. She trained at Tuzer Dancenter, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and Ballet Dallas. During the summers she received extensive training at schools all over the nation including San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet in New York and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Cari attended Southern Methodist University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance. She received training from the Martha Graham School during winter and summer intensives. She then auditioned and was invited to dance and perform with Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Bruce Wood Dance Company and 5 Degreez of Danze as a dance professional. Cari has taught for Denise Brown at City Ballet and Debra Swaim at Frisco Dance Force. She has had the privilege of working with choreographers Paul Taylor, Jillana, Takako Asakawa and Bruce Wood. Cari has been a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing since 2009. Ms. Cari is very excited to continue with the Greater Austin Dance Academy dancers and staff.