Faculty Profile Jana Hicks

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    Department: , Contemporary --> Jana Hicks

    Jana Hicks




    Jana Hicks, a native of Texas, holds a BFA in dance from SMU and performed with a variety of companies and choreographers including Max Stone and The Kevin Wynn Collection. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project and has taught and choreographed for over 25 years in the US and abroad. Jana teaches Contemporary dance at Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Joffrey Ballet Center.

    A 200 hour Certified teacher, Jana began her yoga training in the Vinyasa tradition at OM Yoga Center under Cyndi Lee in 2004 while recovering from a dance injury. Since 2010, yoga practice has been an integral part of her life alongside with dance and she continues her practice at now:yoga at The Shala, among others. For more information, please visit Jana's website.

    Class Description: Contemporary

    Jana’s class can be described as highly physical and technical. The warm up focuses on the body as a whole and in motion, with emphasis on building strong technique as a base to support freedom in any style of dance. Her movement phrases can be fast and percussive or lyrical and fluid, but always technically challenging. Her philosophy: dancers will improve technically and grow artistically when given proper guidance and the freedom to express their unique individuality.