44, runs the Bentra School of Irish Dancing based in Lisburn
and the Carrickfergus area. She has danced from she was
three years of age and retired at 29. Jacqueline held the
title of Ulster champion several times throughout her
dancing career. She is married to David and they have two
grown up children Laura, 24 and Dean, 22.
What do you like doing on your day
Unfortunately I'm a bit of a shopaholic. I do like
spending time with my friends and family.
If you were to choose your favourite
meal what would it be, where and why?
I'm a bit of a traditionalist and love turkey and ham -
especially in a little hotel in Larne called the Curran
What has been your proudest moment?
I'm very proud of all my dancers but especially when one
of my young dancers Ruth Maguire won the Ulster
championships solo section 11-12 years, in March and my
senior dancers took a 1st and 2nd in the Couples and 3-hand
What was the most frightening moment
of your life?
Being told that I had developed a heart condition called
cardiomyopathy two years ago.
How would you describe your taste in
I believe I am quite up to date with fashion but my
daughter might disagree.
What would you do if you won a
I would take my family and friends on a good holiday and
then treat all my pupils to a big party.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I fell through a stage when I was dancing at an outdoor
display for a Church fundraising event and just got up and
continued to dance on the ground.
What music do you like?
I enjoy most kinds of music but with my job as a dancing
teacher I mainly seem to listen to traditional music.
Describe your best ever holiday. what
would your dream holiday be?
My best holiday was a Mediterranean cruise with my
husband. My dream one will be in October as I'm going to
Barbados to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary.
What is your greatest remaining ambition?
To live a healthy life and enjoy watching all my pupils
get as much fun and enjoyment out of irish dancing as I have
done over my lifetime.
If you were stranded on a desert island
what three things would you want with you?
Moisturiser, music and toothbrush. Favourite things
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