”I used to think living in New York City and being a professional dancer was the best job in the world. I now believe that living in Greensboro and sharing the art of dance with my students is actually the best job in the world. Being a professional dancer was an important experience in my life that led me to open The Dance Center of Greensboro’s doors to a new generation of dancers. I could not be more proud of The Dance Center of Greensboro’s community, whose hard work and commitment continuously inspires me to produce the best dance educational program possible.”
– Jeanne Alala, Owner
A Little About Jeanne Alala
Jeanne Alala, (Performance Company Director & DCG Faculty) – A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Jeanne began her dance training at the Barbara Jeanne School of Dance and at The Dance Center of Queensbury, NY under direction of Barbara Tebeau. Before long she was chosen to perform with the New York City Ballet Children’s Corps at SPAC, and crowned “Miss Dance of St. Louis, 1987.” Jeanne studied at the Ballet Academy of Princess Grace – Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, in France for 3 months under direction of, Marika Besobrasova, while studying ballet at Skidmore College under direction of Elizabeth Carroll and Felix Smith at the young age of 14. Jeanne spent every summer attending dance intensives, often on scholarship, including: Joffrey Ballet under direction of Francois Martinet, Atlanta Ballet under direction of Robert Barnett, Cecchetti Council of America at Michigan State University. AT 16, Jeanne joined The Gateway Ballet Company, under direction of Norma Beutell, and partnered with Gregory Huffman, Gerald Hilding, and David Palmer all members of the Joffrey Ballet Company for Gateway’s Annual Nutcracker Ballet Performances.
At 18, Jeanne began her professional career in NYC with a National Tour of My One & Only followed by National Tours of Anything Goes and Sugar. Once finished touring the U.S. she joined the World Tour of 42nd Street and finally landed back in NYC performing annually at Radio City Music Hall with the Anti-Gravity Company. Jeanne has performed in numerous productions throughout her career: My One & Only, Anything Goes, Sugar, Easter Extravaganza, 42nd Street, Here’s Love, Once Upon a Mattress, Hans Christian Anderson, Gigi, A Chorus Line, Wonderland on Ice, The Nutcracker Ballet, Snow White, Peter and The Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Amron, Circus Polka and more.
Jeanne, holds FCCA membership status with the Cecchetti Council of America and is certified to teach the Cecchetti method of ballet. In June, 2016 Jeanne was granted membership in the CICB (Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Organization) consisting of seven international Cecchetti societies dedicated to the art of ballet around the world. In October, 2009, Jeanne completed her National Dance Masters Teachers Examinations for Ballet, Jazz & Tumbling, receiving the highest honors awarded. Jeanne now directs The Dance Center of Greensboro’s Pre-Professional Performance Company’s annual Nutcracker Ballet Performances and Competitive Dance Program.
Since moving to Greensboro NC, Jeanne has enjoyed choreographing The King & I, Les Miserable, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Back to the 80’s…The Totally Awesome Musical and Aladdin Jr. for The Greensboro Day School Drama Departments and has enjoyed teaching many children to dance and tumble throughout the triad.
Jeanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and was a member of the National Honor Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Kappa Phi Chapter. She is proud to be a 2nd generation studio owner/director and believes that if you dream it you can become it!