Jane Tellini | Company Artist
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 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, Peñasco Theater, The Brooklyn Moko Jumbies and with Butoh dancers such as Diego Piñon and Nathan Montgomery. In 2013 and 2014 she trained in Spectacle Based Drama and Acrobatic Stilts with Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theatre at The Global Stilt Congress; a gathering of stilt and acrobatic artists from around the world whose goal is cross-cultural collaboration and education. Afro-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 avant garde dance that acts as a bridge between one's inner world and outward expression. As a trained dancer, she felt it was a valuable tool for finding deeper authenticity in her movement.
In addition to being a dancer, Jane 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 AMC'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 stage, her classes, and choreography what her artistic journey has bestowed upon her. Jane is exhilarated to be a part of Consuming Kinetics Dance Company's community presence and expansive artistic vision.