Originally from Texas, Jeanne Tears Giroir was a recipient of the Ford Foundation scholarship at the age of 12. She spent summers in New York City on scholarships at the American Ballet and the Harkness Ballet. At the age of 18, she became a member of the Harkness Ballet in New York, and then the Hartford Ballet a few years later. During her 18 years as a professional dancer, she has performed principal roles in the “Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Coppelia”, and “Carmina Burana”, along with repertory works by Michael Uthoff, George Balachine, Peter Martins, and Anthony Tudor. Presently, Ms. Giroir is on the ballet faculty of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, a magnet arts high school, and the college division of the Hartford Conservatory. She also teaches at Premier Dance, Alyson’s School of Dance, and the Center for Creative Youth, a summer program for high school students at Wesleyan University. Jeanne is truly a professional!