Jeanne has been married for over 30 years to Spider Robinson. Jeanne is a Boston-born writer, choreographer, former Modern dancer, and teacher of dance and the Alexander Technique; she studied at the Boston Conservatory, the Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins schools, Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre Lab, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the American Dance Festival. She also studied under Hawkins principal dancer Beverly Brown, and performed with Beverly Brown Dancensemble, at the 1981 Riverside Dance Festival in New York.
The Robinsons collaborated on the classic Hugo-, Nebula- and Locus-winning STARDANCE TRILOGY [to be reissued in hardcover by Baen Books in September 2006], which created the concept and basic principles of zero-gravity dance. Jeanne was on NASA's short list for a Space Shuttle seat, to try out zero-gee dance in practice — until the Challenger Tragedy ended the Civilian In Space programme. She is currently writing, co-producing and choreographing a short film about zero gravity dance, titled “Stardance.”
She is a lay-ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi; Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi gave her the dharma name Buchi Eihei (dancing wisdom, eternal peace). You can read more about her at <http://www.spiderrobinson.com/jeanne.html>
Jeanne will be with us VIRTUALLY this year.