Jane Tellini | Apprentice
Jane is a dancer, educator and advocate of using dance as a bridge for connection. This art form has taken her on a rich and diverse journey that began at the age of three, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz. From there, she went on to be the co-captain/lead choreographer of a nationally acclaimed high school dance team and was organically led to earning a BFA in Dance performance and Choreography from Stephens College in 2006. While at Stephens she received a well-rounded education from well known dancers and working artists. Her course of study included Humphrey-Weidman, Limon and Graham Techniques, Ballet with principal dancers of the Beijing Ballet and Joffrey Ballet, Musical Theatre with Karin Baker, the original dance captain of Broadway's 42nd Street, Jazz with Ronn Stewart, the creator of Moving People Dance Company, Tap from Broadway dancer Mary Rotella and choreography with Gail Gilbert of the Parson's Dance Company. Furthermore, this program was interlaced with a myriad of world dance styles including Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, Russian Character, Irish Step, East Indian, Classical Chinese and West African.
Originally hailing from St. Louis, MO, Jane has spent the majority of her dance career traveling the American continent training, teaching and performing with varying troupes and companies such as Human Creature Studios, Flam Chen, Penasco Theater, The Brooklyn Moko Jumbies and with Butoh dance artists such as Diego Pinon and Nathan Montgomery. In 2013 and 2014 she began to train in Spectacle Based Drama and Acrobatic Stilts with Carpetbag Brigade Physocal Theatre at The Global Stilt Congress; a gathering of stilt and acrobatic artists from around the world whose foal is cross-cultural collaboration and education, which culminates in a site-specific performance project. Afo-Caribbean stilts, Samba Aerial silks, Acrobatic dance, Butoh and Axis Syllabus were a few of the styles she absorbed during that time. Jane became especially taken by Butoh, a Japanese form of modern dance that acts as a bridge between the inner workings of the spiritual body and the outward expression of the physical body. As a trained dancer, she felt it was a valuable tool for connecting to the underlying purpose of movement expression and to expand on the philosophy of living life as a dance. In addition to being a dancer, Jane is studying Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, works on and off in the ceramic arts and is also a singer-songwriter with original songs nationally aired on Brothers and Sisters of ABC, Hart of Dixie of The WB and a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Train is Bound For Glory" on MAC's Hell on Wheels. Jane continues to play music in and around the St. Louis area. The marriage of music and dance plays deeply into her love of life and she joyously brings to the studio and the stage what her journey off the beaten path has bestowed upon her. Jane is exhilarated to be a part of Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and looks forward to being a bigger part of the St. Louis dance community.