Name: Chanel Jack
Profession: K-2 Dance Teacher
what area of the BX are you from?: Co-op City!
current location: BX all day
Website: coming soon
Chanel and I met through my cousin about two years ago and we've stayed connected ever since. She is so committed to the growth of her students and her love of dance shines through her every move! Chanel has a beautiful spirit and I'm so glad to know her!
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Chanel Jack and I’m a Jamaican, travel junkie, God-loving dancer who currently teaches at a charter school in Brooklyn. I spend most days teaching and dancing on the side but on a good day, I’m busy making silly music videos. I’m blessed and grateful to do what I love every day and that’s me in a nutshell!
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
I’ve always enjoyed kids opening up the fire hydrants to have our own sprinklers when the weather got too hot. Just hanging out outside and playing games like double dutch, building tag, hand games and more. The Bronx is known as the “hilly” borough. I remember having to walk miles, knee deep in the snow to get to a bus because the busses couldn’t and wouldn’t travel up the hills to get to my school (DeWitt Clinton High School). Thanks Bloomberg!
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
The Bronx is heavy with culture. You walk to a certain part of the Bronx and you feel like you have learned something new about a particular group of people. I can go towards White Plains Rd and feel like I am back in Jamaica or I can head to South Bronx and I am implementing the Spanish I learned in high school. There is nothing better than that.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Apart from God, I would say my family. Coming from a family with 12 aunts and uncles, I have over 100 first cousins who are just killing the game. They are talented, driven individuals who inspire me to live my best life and remain my true authentic self. Special shout outs to my mother and sister. Both hold a Bachelor’s degree, my sister has her Master’s, and now she is pursuing her Doctorate while raising my two-year-old nephew!
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment is working at a school exposing children to the art of dance. Some children haven’t been outside their borough so it has been a pleasure showing them life outside their community. The best memories are seeing these children create movement and displaying it for their parents and the school community.
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
I would try to expose young kids to life outside their household. This is a technology generation so small joys like double dutch and playing tag, they have no knowledge of. I want to show them the beauty of creativity.
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?
Sushi Q! Hands down the best sushi I ever had in my whole life! They won’t regret it.