A long standing judge on the competition circuit, Jean judges exclusively for Headliners and is one of the most respected judges in the dance community. Originally, from Minneapolis, Jean attended the University of Minnesota and performed with the Minneapolis Ballet Company. She continued her professional career performing with major entertainers such as Jimmy Durante, Wayne Newton, Juliet Prowse and many others. Upon settling in Massachusetts, Jean founded and operated a large dance studio for 13 years. She is currently a faculty member at Dean College Palladino School of Dance. In her 31 years there, she has taught tap, choreography, musical theater and has choreographed many musicals and dance company pieces. Jean has been representing Dean College by presenting scholarships at Headliners Nationals for the past several years. More than $1.5 million has been awarded, allowing many dancers to continue their education in this prestigious dance program. Jean continues her studies by attending workshops as well as teaching at several of the events. She is past president and a permanent board member for Dance Masters NE chapter 5. Jean loves judging for headliners so that she can share her knowledge with aspiring dancers. In addition to adjudication competitions nationwide, Jean has been the American judge for the World Tap Championships in Germany. Look for her advice in Publications of Dance Studio Life magazine.