Jane Wood

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Born in Washington, D.C., Jane received her formative ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington D.C., most notably with Mary Day, Alice Bralove, and Julio de Bittencourt.  At 15, she was invited to perform with the Grand Theatre de Genève, in Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Patricia Neary and George Balanchine.

She joined Ballet West, at the invitation of Bruce Marks, as a Ballet West Guild Scholarship Student in 1979, and rose to the rank of Principal Dancer under the direction of John Hart, C.B.E. in 1988.

Jane performed most every major role in the classical ballet repertoire, including the title roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Cinderella,” “Coppelia” and “Lady of the Camelias,” and danced a full range of contemporary ballets created by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, John Neumeier, Lila York, Val Caniparoli and Ronald Hynd, to name a few.

She performed with Ballet West in Utah and on tour, and as a guest artist, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Buffalo Art Park and Wolf Trap. She was honored to be invited to perform the title role in Ben Stevenson’s “Cinderella” at a Gala performance at the Opera House stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

In 2000, after 21 years of dancing with Ballet West, Jane became the Faculty Coordinator for the Ballet West Conservatory, and taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah.

Jane married a pilot in the U.S Air Force in 2003 and moved to the east coast, where she was invited by Florida State University’s Department of Dance to join the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor, where she taught for two years.

Returning to Utah, Jane continued teaching at the University of Utah as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, at the Ballet West Academy and, as a guest teacher for Ballet West company class. In 2004 and 2005, she was the Children’s Ballet Mistress for Ballet’s West’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

After another move to Yorktown, Virginia, Jane taught for the Governor’s School for the Arts, Todd Rosenlieb Dance in Norfolk, Va., and the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts in Williamsburg, Va. Since moving to Enid, Oklahoma, Jane has taught as a guest teacher at the University of Oklahoma ballet department, and at The Tulsa Ballet School.

For the past two years, Jane has conducted the auditions for the Ballet West/University of Utah Summer Intensive in Washington D.C., New York City, Houston, and Lynchburg and Norfolk, Virginia. She continues to teach classes as a guest teacher for the Ballet West Summer Intensive Program and for Ballet West’s professional company, Ballet West II, Ballet West Trainees and Ballet West Academy.