DONNA L. JACOBS
Ms. Jacobs has directed the Morton Street Dance Center in Baltimore, MD for over 30 years and its resident company, Full Circle Dance Company, for 22 years. Ms. Jacobs is a 2022-2023 School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow and a Certified
Teacher of Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT). Originally from New York City, Ms. Jacobs skillfully teaches a variety of disciplines and serves young dancers in the central Maryland metropolitan region. Her school is renowned in the area for providing excellent training in ballet and modern dance and for developing and graduating talented dancers in multiple disciplines. Ms. Jacobs’ work and leadership have garnered recognition from many sources including the Howard County, MD Arts Council (two-time recipient of the Mark Ryder Award for Choreography), Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance/Robert W. Deutch Foundation (Ruby Grant recipient), Baker Foundation (bgrant Artist Award), the City of Baltimore (Artscape Festival, choreography), Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (Communities Thrive Grant 2022), Maryland Council for Dance (choreography), Dream for It Foundation (Excellence in the Arts), and The Baltimore Links (Excellence in the Arts).
Her training progressed from a very early age at the Bernice Johnson Dance Studio in NYC, to the NYC High School for the Performing Arts, and Wesleyan University in CT. Ms. Jacobs danced with many local companies in Baltimore before opening
Morton Street Dance Center. She is an attorney, former corporate executive, and member of The Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence, having been recognized three times as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.