In addition to being committed to offering the highest quality of instruction and the opportunity to experience all forms of dance, she has enjoyed performing in many Arkansas Rep productions, including Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Good Woman of Setzuan, A Soldiers Tale, Evita and Into The Woods.
Jana attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a dance major, and while at UALR she performed in the productions of Cabaret and Pippin. She has also been an instructor in the Theatre and Dance Department.
She has served for many years as director and choreographer for the bi-annual legal cast spoof The Gridiron (which returned this year after a hiatus) and has also served as the stage director for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Spectacular.
A few years ago, Ballet Arkansas was on the brink of closing its doors. Jana let the organization use space within her studio complex for offices, classes and rehearsals. She sometimes served as the only staff member as the ballet was trying to regain its footing. In addition, for several years she was the coordinator of The Nutcracker which was Ballet Arkansas’ only revenue source during the lean years.
Because of her lifeline, Ballet Arkansas is now poised to grow to heights never seen in the company’s history. The move to Main Street, the new programming and statewide touring would not have been possible had Jana not offered a home when it needed it.
In addition, Jana choreographed high school musicals in which the Culture Vulture appeared in the 1980s.