In NYC Jana Hicks currently serves as a faculty member at Peridance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Joffrey Ballet Conservatory and is Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project (TNSP). In her capacity with The Next Stage Project, Jana conducts international repertory/choreography workshops which cumulate in self-produced concerts, and creates showcases presenting TNSP along with other contemporary artists and companies. Jana is also Company Manager for the Kevin Wynn Collection and for Johannes Wieland. A native of Texas, Jana holds a BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University where she twice received the Meadows Outstanding Performer Award.
While in Texas she danced with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Co., Citijazz, Meadows Repertory Dance, The Dallas Opera, and noted choreographers such as Mathew Diamond, Judith Jamison, Bill T. Jones, and Max Stone. Following an invitation to apprentice with the Jose Limon Company, Jana moved to New York in 1990 and has since performed with a wide variety of companies and choreographers including Max Stone’s E-Motion, David Storey Danceworks, Extended Dance Co., Sans Nemo Collective, Soundance Repertory, Verlezza Dance, Laurie DeVito & Dancers, Elyse Wright Dancers, American Dance Ensemble, Ariel Herrera’s Fishmongers, Linda Nutter & Co., and Unconfined Movement among others.
Jana was a member of The Kevin Wynn Collection from 1995 – 2005. For 10 years, Jana was the Managing Director of Dance Space Center where she initiated the Foreign Student Visa Program among other programs. In collaboration with Max Stone she was Co-Director of New York Dance Exchange (NYDE) from 1995 – 2001. Jana taught technique class for the FSU in NYC Masters program 2007 – 2009. Jana’s choreography has been commissioned by New York companies: Earl Mosley Arts Institute, Janessa Clark/Kilterbox, Stephanie Harris Dance Collective, Off Center Dance Theater, The Next Stage Project, New York Summer Dance Intensive, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Summer Youth Program, and regional companies: New Articulations (Arizona), Arts Magnet Repertory (Dallas), Houston Met (Houston), The Divine Project (New Hampshire), Mack Avenue Dance Company (Detroit), The Jordan Center for Performing Arts (Ohio), and Shenandoah University (West Virginia).
International commissions include Vasteras Kulturskolan (Sweden), Fontys Dance Academy (Tilburg), Dimovi (Amsterdam), Portella Dance (Rio de Janeiro), Montreal Moves Dance Co. (Canada), Moga Dance (Japan), and Vlad’s Dance Company (Toronto, Canada). Works have been showcased at Brooklyn Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, City Center Studios, by City Center Ballet Arts’ the 6th Floor, Dance Now at Joyce Soho, SWEAT, Unconfined Movement, the Evolving Arts Theater, Broadway Dance Center Performance Outlet, Steps on Broadway, The Dance Gallery at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Peridance Capezio Center, and Gene Pool at Dance New Amsterdam. Jana has taught Master Classes and Workshops in the US and abroad including Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.