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Jeanne Doornbos


Jeanne Doornbos (adjunct faculty) was born in Oklahoma and received her early ballet training there with Charlotte Lyke and June Runyon. She studied with Duncan Noble, Sonia Tyven and Robert Lindgren at the North Carolina School of the Arts; with Miguel Terekhov, Yvonne Chouteau and Victoria Leigh at the University of Oklahoma; and with Maggie Black in New York. Ms. Doornbos joined the Houston Ballet in 1973, and danced in the corps de ballet, as a soloist, and as a principal dancer with the company before her retirement in 1988. While with the Houston Ballet, Ms. Doornbos performed leading and soloist roles in the classical repertory and in works by major choreographers, including George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Choo San Goh and Ben Stevenson. Since her retirement, Ms. Doornbos has taught ballet at the Fort Worth School of Ballet, the Houston Ballet Academy, Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Hope Center, and the University of Houston. In addition, Ms. Doornbos is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, having earned a degree in History in 2004.