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Born in Washington DC, Jane Victorine Wood took her first dance classes in Dublin, Ireland. She trained for eleven years at the Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day. From there she trained and performed with the Geneva Ballet in Switzerland under the guidance of Patricia Neary. 

After moving back to the United States, Jane attended the University of Utah Department of Ballet, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Performance Emphasis. 

In 1979, Bruce Marks, Director of Ballet West, offered her a scholarship to perform with the Company. Jane joined Ballet West in 1981 as a Corps de Ballet member. She  rose to the rank of Principal in 1987, where she remained until her retirement in 2000. 

During her extensive career, she performed the title roles in such classics as The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Lady of the Camelias, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Copelia, to name a few. Other works included Val Caniparoli's Ophelia, James Canfield's Equinox, John Neumeier's Age of Anxiety, Peter Anastos' Peter Pan, Ashton's The Dream and many more. Leading roles in Balanchine ballets included Symphony in C, Tchiakovsky Pas de deux, Theme and Variations, and Serenade as well as others.

​Upon her retirement, Jane assumed the position of Faculty Director of the Ballet West Academy for one year followed by guest teaching at several schools in Georgia. from 2002-04, Jane was a Visiting Professor at Florida State University. After many years of guest teaching around the country, she returned to Salt Lake City to become Ballet Mistress for Ballet West in 2010. She currently teaches and rehearses the main company preparing them for their upcoming seasons. 

In addition to Jane's BFA in ballet, she also holds a 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Certification.