Giana Jigarhan is a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. As a soloist with the Novosibirsk Ballet Theater, her repertoire included Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Corsaire and Raymonda. Her choreographic credits range from Paquita, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Bakhiana Brasiliana by Villa Lobos, Raymonda, La Bayadère to numerous concert pieces and dances for operas such as Aida and Rigoletto.
Jigarhan has taught ballet and coached at renowned institutions such as Moscow Musical Theater, the Polish National Ballet School, Asami Maki Ballet Company and Star Dance Ballet in Japan, Prague National Theater, National Theater of Korea, Universal Ballet Company in Korea, Washington School of Ballet, Kirov Ballet Academy, Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and the Peabody Institute Dance Department at Johns Hopkins University, where she choreographed an original version of the full length ballet Coppelia. In 2008, she began working as a Principal ballet instructor at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, the official school of Colorado Ballet Company.
Giana holds a MA in Ballet Instruction, Choreography and Stage Production from The Russian University of Theatre Arts (Moscow) and has served as Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s Principal Ballet Teacher since 2013.