Originally from Omaha, NE, Jane attended University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Conservatory of Dance from 1996-1998, and graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2000 with a BFA with honors in modern dance. In 1998, she studied at the Alvin Ailey School in New York on a full scholarship from the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She danced professionally with Scrap Performance Group (PA), Netta Yerushalmy’s Dancing People (NY), and as an apprentice with Tere O’Connor Dance (NY).
As a choreographer she received, the annual Excellence in Choreography Award for her senior thesis at University of the Arts (2000), an Inspiration Grant from The Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City (2008 & 2010), and a space grant at Urban Culture Project’s City Center Rehearsal Space (2009-2011 & 2013-2014). She is a 2010 recipient of a Rocket Grant from The Warhol Foundation in partnership with The Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art, for a multi-disciplinary, collaborative performance project, WE!. She is the 2011 Innovation in the Arts Award winner from the Missouri Entrepreneur’s Celebration and the Small Business Technology Development Center at UMKC. Her choreography has been presented at The Fifth Stop Open Studios (Brooklyn), The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), A Modern Night at the Folly (KC), Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina and Paragraph Gallery (KC), and The Lawrence Arts Center.
In 2002 she directed and choreographed a collaborative group of women for NYC: the girl projects, which was produced by The Philadelphia Fringe Festival at the Painted Bride Arts Center. She was the production director for City in Motion’s choreographers’ showcase, A Modern Night at the Folly (2009-2010).
In addition to her artistic endeavors, she is a teaching artist through Kansas City Young Audiences and at Community School 1. Since 2001, she has been a certified trainer and pre-trainer of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, a movement training, rehabilitation, and body conditioning system. She has taught private students in New York, California, Israel, and India, and conducted the first GYROTONIC® pre-trainings in Israel and India. Here in Kansas City, she owns GYROTONIC® Kansas City Center, an established private practice at Plaza Wellspring wellness center.