Jill S. Rucci is proud to be back East after making her mark in Texas by building a successful Dance Company “8&1 DALLAS”. Jill moved to Texas from NYC, where she was a principal dancer and guest choreographer for Vissi Dance Theater for over 10 years. She has trained, taught, performed and presented her choreography in many cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Olbia, Italy. Ms Rucci enjoys producing and directing shows, and is proud to announce the success of her newest full length dance drama, “CONTROL”. Jill received her dance degree from Dean College in Franklin, MA, where she studied all genres of dance, musical theater, dance education, and voice. While in NY, Jill also performed with Bare Bones Dance Co., she performed and choreographed for New Jersey Squires, and was a principal West African- stylized dancer with Magna BA Drum and Dance Co. Jill studied at Alvin Ailey and, while attending two of their intensive certificate programs, earned certifications in modern and contemporary. Ms. Rucci danced with Contemporary Ballet Dallas for their 2010 and 2011 seasons and also guest choreographed for CBD’s “Wild and Free” and “Sidewalk Stories” concerts. Ms. Rucci is a busy guest artist and choreographer throughout the United States. She is very pleased with her ever growing dance company 8&1 Dallas and is thrilled to announce that 8&1 is expanding East. She continues to strive to bring a new beat to the artistic community. Rucci, founder and artistic director of 8&1 DALLAS welcomes a seventh season of touring, training, choreographing and creating innovative and refreshing works.
Jill is so excited to be back to the east coast. Ms. Jill enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance with the next generation. She takes pride in being a demanding teacher, while encouraging her students to achieve their goals and dreams. She believes in the expressive art of dance and the beauty and strength we gain from class. She loves to inspire dancers of all ages; from babies to adults . Jill is thrilled to be with Kaila Karr for her second year and takes pride in being a part of their dance family.