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Jaune Buisson is celebrating her twentieth year as the artistic director of Metropolitan Dance Theatre of New Orleans. Most recently, she won the 2014 Big Easy Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” for her work in A CHORUS LINE with Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University. She has staged critically acclaimed, sold-out productions of HAIRSPRAY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, RAGTIME, SHE LOVES ME, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, HELLO DOLLY! FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre and hit productions of CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE, CURTAINS, WHITE CHRISTMAS, PETER PAN, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, GREASE, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE and many more. Just prior to the COVID shutdown, she proudly staged CABARET at Loyola University.
She is a recipient of three Big Easy Entertainment Awards, New Orleans’ premiere event honoring the musical and theatrical talent of a city renowned for its outstanding performing arts. Buisson has also been recognized for her work with The Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Le Petit Theatre, Six Flags
New Orleans, Southern Repertory Theatre and Rivertown Repertory Theatre with two Ambi Awards and a Marquee Award for Best Choreography. Ms. Buisson has had the honor to serve as dance clinician teaching alongside famed choreographer Dee Dee Wood and Tony Award winner Chita Rivera. She is certified in Progressive Ballet Technique and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is Acrobatics Arts Certified in Module One and is an Acro Dance certified Preschool instructor.
Coming from a family of dancers, Jauné grew up dancing in her mother’s dance studio and began her teaching there. She went on to achieve top awards in competition being named the American Dance Team School solo winner and the Overture to the Cultural Season dance scholarship. Jauné has studied dance in New York at Broadway Dance Center, The Ailey School and Steps on Broadway. She served as the resident choreographer for Le Petit’s Corner Theatre staging SNOOPY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME, HONK, CINDERELLA, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. For MDTNO, she has directed three original dance concerts for the summer dance intensive, PLAY ME A MEMORY, REVOLUTION and UNWRITTEN.
Additionally, she has taught throughout the U.S. as a dance instructor and adjunctor for Dance Teachers United, Dance Masters of America, Summer Lyric Theatre High School Intensive and the National Dance Association. Her work has been seen at the Loyola University, National World War II Museum, Mount Carmel Academy, Jesuit High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Holy Cross, Southeastern Louisiana University and the Academy of Sacred Heart.
Metropolitan Dance Theatre of New Orleans is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Jauné Buisson, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.