JACQUES A. BELL
CHOREOGRAPHER & SHOW DIRECTOR
“Knowledge: It is not a justification of pride but a palace of comfort.” Driven by this self prescribed motto, a passion for the arts and entertainment, and an unparalleled natural ability, Jacques Anthony Bell is one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets in entertainment. Known as the “Jacques” of all trades, he has grown to encompass a multifaceted range of talents from dance and choreography to music, theater, and film.
Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Mr. Bell relocated to Long Island, New York, where at a tender age he began to exhibit a noticeable love for the arts. Years later he again relocated to his current home of Atlanta, Georgia where as a high school student, he received countless accolades as an instrumentalist, performing in some of Georgia’s most accomplished student and professional ensembles.
This foundation in music was further augmented at the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and became a highly sought-after Musician, Music Educator, and Clinician. It was while at the University of Georgia that Jacques began to explore and develop his skills as a Dancer/Choreographer.
He was initiated as a member of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and performed, choreographed, and instructed with the Xtreme male dancers, Georgia Dymes Dance Team, Pamoja Dance Company, Kappa Alpha Psi Step Team, Dance FX dance studios, and founded the GDX Dance Company, which accepts 20-25 gifted dancers annually. While quickly gaining recognition for his work with industry personalities such as Def Jam recording artist, Ne-Yo, Mr. Bell began to receive numerous high profile opportunities in Music Videos, Television, and Stage Productions, with his work being showcased on major television networks including MTV, BET, and VH1.
He has similarly been afforded the opportunity to work with noted aggregations such as the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, the Atlanta Hawks “A Town” Dancers, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Jacques has also been selected head choreographer for three consecutive years of Metro Atlanta’s Precision Inc. Summer Band Camp, one of the nation’s premier clinics for musicians and dancers. His expertise in this genre later landed him the coveted position as Choreographer of VH1’s, “Drumline: A New Beat” as well as BET’s, “The Yard”.
Mr. Bell continues to instruct and perform in various capacities with elementary, high school, college, and professional musicians and dancers, and was named Head Choreographer and Asst. Stage Director of the “DRUMLine Live” stage production in 2008. He attributes his success as a dancer/choreographer to his strong foundation in the fundamentals of music, and is driven by the belief that there is always more to learn.
Jacques is highly motivated in perfecting his craft and is currently the Principal Saxophonist of the Atlanta Wind Symphony and director of the Gwinnett School of Dance Hip-Hop department.