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Jahrel Thompson started dancing ballroom in 1997 during his senior year at Riverview High School in Sarasota. Shortly after, he began teaching at Wilson's Dance Sport and at Purple Tiger for Wilson Barrera and Margaret Burns. In 2002 Jahrel attended New World School of the Arts in Miami for training in ballet and contemporary dance and earned his BFA in dance. During this time, Jahrel worked with Fredrick Bratcher and Co., Momentum Dance, Katie Marlow's Danceation, and Sobepac. In 2006 Jahrel continued training with Billie Fajardo and later performed for Celebrity Cruise Lines. In 2008 he returned to Sarasota and performed with the West Coast Civic Ballet, Moving Ethos Dance Co., Players Theatre, and he is presently in his 10th season with Sarasota Contemporary Dance.