Meet Sunshine Dance Center’s

Co-Owner & Co-Director

Jacqueline Downs

Miss Peaches!

Meet Co-Owner of our dance studio…

Hello my amazing, Sunshine dancers and families! My name is Jacqueline, but most have known me as a Miss Peaches for a lifetime. I’ve been a Sunshine dancer since I was three years old. My sister, cousins and friends were all previous Sunshine family. I moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in 99 for college. I missed dance so much, I commuted my sophomore year every Monday to Sr. Company. I stayed in MA until I obtained two Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology & Criminal Justice. 

My thesis, Best Foot Forward Project, was turned into a Nonprofit organization, where I ran after school programs to city youth. Using dance and therapy to give children a healthy outlet. Since then, I married my best friend, Shane. We had two babies, Jackson, and Savannah, who now can be seen sharing the stage with me!


The first phone call I made when I knew I was moving back to Connecticut was Miss Sheila, I never stopped dancing since. I’m so very excited to now co-own the studio with my lifelong friend Miss Emily. COVID-19 threw us a lot of curveballs, I had to give up my home daycare, The Crowe’s Nest.  However, what we were gifted by Miss Sheila was gaining a family. I knew I could never give up on my second home. Thank you all for sticking with us then and now and giving us the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life. It means the world to have you be a part of our Sunshine family!!!


Love, Miss Peaches 💛