Jackie started dancing at the age of 9 at the “Ivy Baker School of Dance” in Clacton-on-Sea. In 1968, she commenced three-year performing arts and teaching course at the prestigious “Bush Davies” school in Romford where she gained major examinations in ISTD and RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz and National Dance.
She went on to successfully gain her Associate teaching examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre.
In 1975, Jackie became a Licentiate of the society and the following year gained her Diploma status. She has worked extensively in the business both in the UK and abroad. In 1972 Jackie commenced teaching at the Colchester branch of The Ivy Baker School of Dance and in 1978 when Ivy Baker retired from the school Jackie was made sole principal where she remained for 16 years. During that time, the school was involved in many charitable events, raising several thousands of pounds for charities including Action Research for the Crippled Child and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
In 1988, Jackie opened the Clacton-on-Sea based “Jacqueline Annis School of Dance”. The school maintains its high standard of tuition with 100% success rate in ISTD Examinations in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance combining that with the presentation of its own large-scale productions at The Princes Theatre and Westcliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea.
Jackie gained her CDE (Certificate in Dance Education) and has been awarded Licentiate status in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance with the IDTA as well as being a Licentiate of the ISTD for the past 40 years.
Jackie re-launched the school as JA Performing Arts to reflect the school growth in the Performing Arts.
Jackie retired in July 2015 and the School is now run by her two daughters Claire and Gemma.
Jackie teaches adult ballet at the school.