Young Ballerina


For Dancers Aged 3-7

DiDa (District Dance) is a new high-quality dance training program in lower Manhattan at 280 Gibney Dance. The program is geared toward the training of 3-7-year-old boys and girls in the styles of ballet, jazz and hip-hop. 

DiDa director Jacki Ford grew up in Utah, where she trained in all styles of dance. During the school year Jacki trained at the Dance Club and spent summers in LA training at professional studios. Upon high school graduation, she received the prestigious William Christensen scholarship and attended the University of Utah graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ballet. Post-graduation Jacki quickly moved into the professional dance world becoming one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. An Ace Awards choreography finalist, Jacki has won awards across the country for her work, and as a great technician.  She is currently on faculty at PACE University in the commercial dance department where she teaches ballet and jazz and continues to travel around the country as a guest teacher and choreographer. Although her credits include concert work, Off Broadway theater and commercials her biggest passion has become choreography and teaching. Jacki is well known for bringing out the most in students of all ages.  Now the mother of three children, Jacki began searching for a program that would offer the balance she knows young dancers need.   Not finding what she knows is needed, she excited to provide young children with just such a dance education through DiDa.