Jane Victorine Wood
Jane Victorine Wood Ballet Master, Ballet West Born in Washington, DC, Jane received her formative training at the Washington School of Ballet with Mary Day, Alice Bralove, and Julio de Bittencourt. At 15, she was invited to perform with the Grand Theatre de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland, where she performed numerous Balanchine ballets under the direction of Patricia Neary. After returning to the United States, Jane continued her studies at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, as a ballet major on a Ballet West Guild scholarship. 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 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, and Lila York, to name a few. After retiring from the stage, Jane completed her B.F.A. in Ballet with a Performance Emphasis, and joined the faculty of the ballet department at the University of Utah. Following this, she served on the faculty of Florida State University’s Department of Dance from 2001-2003. Upon returning to Utah, Jane continued to teach at the University of Utah and for Ballet West and 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 Ballet Master. She currently teaches, rehearses, and restages ballets in the Ballet West repertoire, as well as conducting auditions for and teaching in the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive. Jane is frequently invited to appear as a master teacher throughout the country.