Teanna Zarro was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and received her early ballet training with former Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo Soloist, Meredith Baylis. She continued her training with The Pennsylvania Ballet School, as well as studying on a full scholarship with The Joffrey Ballet School. At the age of seventeen Ms. Zarro moved to New York to join The Joffrey Ballet II, and also performed as an apprentice with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
In 1999, Ms. Zarro was invited to join The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, under the direction of Gerald Arpino. With The Joffrey, Ms. Zarro performed ballets by renowned choreographers such as Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Leonard Massine, Agnes de Mille, Vaslav Nijinsky, Frederick Ashton and Martha Graham. Zarro has performed featured roles with Ballet New York, The Los Angeles Ballet, RPM Productions, Civic Ballet of Chicago, The San Diego Opera, The Dallas Opera and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Principal roles include: Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Medora in Le Corsaire, Swanilda in Coppelia, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Ms. Zarro is a current faculty member of The Chicago High School for the Arts and Hyde Park School of Dance. Zarro co-directs the top tier of HPSD’s studio company for youth dancers, alongside Artistic Director August Tye.