Ballet Virginia International
Promoted to Demi Soloist
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
One Defining Moment
I don’t feel I have one moment that stands out in a particular way, but having a mom who shared my passion has made my journey all the more special.
Jacquelyn Long began her ballet training at age six under the direction of her mother Suzanne Lownsbury Long, Janina Michalski Bove and Pat Sorrel. Jacquelyn attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and Houston Ballet. She left her home studio, Ballet Virginia International, at age 16 to join Houston Ballet II (HBII), after attending three summer intensives in Houston on scholarship. In HBII she got opportunities to tour across America. After two years with HBII, Jacquelyn joined Houston Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2012. Ms. Long was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2016.
Ms. Long has had the privilege of dancing featured roles with Houston Ballet such as the Russian lead in George Balanchine's Serenade; Snow Queen and Lead Flower in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker; Carabosse in Ben Stevenson's The Sleeping Beauty; Miranda in Stanton Welch's Romeo and Juliet; Elke in Jiri Kylian's Wings of Wax; Stanton Welch's Tapestry; Jorma Elo's ONE/end/ONE; Stanton Welch's Paquita; Hungarian Princess in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake. Long has also been a part of world premieres with the company including Stanton Welch's Romeo and Juliet, Zodiac (lead Leo), Giselle, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, The Rite of Spring; Garrett Smith's Return; Melissa Hough's ...the third kind [is] useless; and Azsure Barton's Angular Momentum. She has also been a part of Stanton Welch's Swan Lake, Madame Butterfly, La Bayadère, Marie, Of Blessed Memory, and Cinderella; Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo and Juliet; Alexander Ekman's Cacti; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon; George Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Ballo de Regina and Ballet Imperial; William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated; Sir Kenneth MacMillian's Gloria; Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tanze; Ronald Hynd's Merry Widow; David Bintley's Aladdin; Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations; Jerome Robbin's The Concert and West Side Story; Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan; and Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances.
Ms. Long has had the privilege of being featured in the Dancer's Spotlight of the 2013 October/November issue ofPointe Magazine and in the 2013 February issue of Dance Sprit Magazine.