Jane Victorine Wood
Born in Washington, D.C., Jane received her formative training at the Washington School of Ballet with Mary Day, Alice Bralove, and Julio de Bittencourt.
At the age of 15, she was invited to perform with the Grand Theatre de Genève, in Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Patricia Neary and George Balanchine.
After returning to the States in 1978, Jane continued her studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, as a ballet major on a Ballet West Guild scholarship for two years. She joined the corps de ballet of Ballet West in 1981 and rose through the ranks to Principal Dancer in 1986, where she performed until 2001.
Jane performed the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, and Lady of the Camelias, as well as a full range of classical and contemporary works by world renowned choreographers, including George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Val Caniparoli, Peter Anastos, and Lila York, to name a few.
During Jane’s last year of dancing with Ballet West, she completed her B.F.A. in Ballet with a Performance Emphasis and joined the faculty of the ballet department at the University of Utah.
From 2001-2003, she served on the faculty at Florida State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Returning to Utah in 2004, Jane continued to teach at the University of Utah, for Ballet West company class, and for the Ballet West Academy.
In 2011, Jane was invited by Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, to join the artistic staff of Ballet West as Assistant Ballet Mistress.
With her current title of Interim Principal Rehearsal Director of Ballet West, Jane teaches the main company, second company, and trainee division, restages and rehearses the current repertoire, performs character roles, and conducts auditions and teaches for the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensives.