Jacqueline Valdez: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Jacqueline Valdez

Published: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

We are speaking on behalf of our Instructor and mentor Jacqueline Valdez. She is not only beautiful on the outside, but a beautiful woman on the inside. Jacqueline is originally from Denver, Colorado, but has found Gainesville to be where her heart is. Jacqueline is a celebrity in Gainesville, as she has done national interviews with fitness magazines and clothing wear, commercials, television shows, debutante pageants and has professionally danced and modeled. She professionally competes in the dance world. But she is a modest and talented young lady. At a younger age before coming to Gainesville in Colorado Jacqueline was on Fox TV's Comfest, which dealt with teen suicide. Although she is a talented and beautiful dancer, the thing that stands out is that she uses her voice and talent to help out others.



About Jacqueline Valdez

Occupation: Studio Owner- Elegant Body Pilates

Years in Gainesville: 15

Jacqueline volunteers her time and talent of dancing and choreographing for events and to help out with many of the charity events that happen in the Gainesville community. From the Breast Cancer, March of Dimes, Hospice, Life South Blood , American Heart Association, Diabetes Association to her most current event, in which she and studio are raising money for the Scleroderma Foundation in memory of her mother, Angelina Marie Valdez. Jacqueline is passionate about helping others and living life selflessly. Her parents raised her to treat others with kindness, patience and love as she always does. She not only inspires and helps the community but she helps others nationally and around the world. She is a kind and gentle hearted lady. Jacqueline also rescues animals, even taking a handful into her own home. Jacqueline has cared for sick animals and sick family and friends on the side. Jacqueline has worked at the senior homes in Gainesville and helped many seniors find peace, relaxation and body movement with her many fitness classes. On a daily basis, Jacqueline helps the women of Gainesville get into the best shape of their lives. Jacqueline has given the ladies a special place to go as her studio is more than just a gym, it is a small family environment. Jacqueline touches all around her with her beautiful , radiant smile and positive spirit. She is encouraging and motivating to everyone she comes across. Jacqueline will continue to influence others to live a healthy life on a daily basis and will continue to do many charity events,her studio has future events in the making. Jacqueline has been mentioned in the "Who's Who" of women that make a difference and labeled by many as 'Gainesville's Best Pilates Instructor'. Jacqueline has created her own studio, Elegant Body Pilates and built up her clients simply through word of mouth. Jacqueline has many ladies that have been with her for many years. She has a following as many of her students followed her from previous studios. Jacqueline is the first to bring various forms of exercise to the community as she is ahead of her time. Jacqueline trains with the best in the business and celebrity trainers all the time. Jacqueline ran a dance troupe Jackie's Dance Troupe where she taught young children and had them performing free of charge all over the community, The Atrium, The Village, The Sante Fe Art Festival and PK younge.

Jacqueline still instructs and mentors younger dancers as part of one of the biggest dance events of Gainesville, the Florida dance festival with UF and SFCC. Jacqueline's making a difference with many lives one day at a time with her studio. She is a huge presence and voice for the community of Gainesville. We are proud and honored to have her as our instructor, mentor, motivator, inspiration, friend and most of all a part of our small family.

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