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Jennifer Dzuranin

Jennifer spent her early years of dance training at New Tampa Dance Theatre in Florida. Upon moving to Chicago she was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Program under Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Penny Saunders, Katie Scherman, Jeff Rogers, and Melonie B. Murray. Additionally, Jennifer was a member of the Character Dance Ensemble, a student group that studies character and folk dances from around the world, where she served as President for two years. Ultimately she traveled and performed repertoire in Hungary, Ukraine, Spain, and Italy. Upon graduating Jennifer joined the U.S. International Ballet where she performed lead roles such as the Mad Hatter, Cowardly Lion, and Bottom to name a few. Jennifer shares her passion of performing with a passion for teaching and has choreographed several children’s cast roles in The Nutcracker for the U.S. International Ballet including the Party Scene and Battle Scene. When the pandemic hit Jennifer decided to go back to school to earn her graduate degree from New York University. In August of 2021 she graduated with a Master of Arts in Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions and ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Alongside her degree, Jennifer is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Jennifer is looking forward to dancing with Virginia National Ballet and teaching for the school for their 2021-2022 season!