Born & raised in Victoria, BC, Jane Marlinga began her dance training at the young age of 3. She started off by learning Filipino folk dancing and quickly moved on to study at The Sinclair Academy of Performing Arts. Here she focused on the R.A.D ballet syllabus as well as I.S.T.D tap, completing numerous examinable grades. Her love for dance flourished, and began showing interest in the other genres. By the time she was 17 years old, Jane studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater & Street Jazz. Competing throughout the lower/upper island festivals & competitions, Jane won numerous 1st place achievements in both group & solo entries. She also attained company member positions at Kidco Dance & Theatre School as well as Excalibur in her later years. After high school, Jane moved to Vancouver where she found and fell in love with the Hip Hop culture and dance. She switched her focus in discipline and never looked back.
Jane is a versatile dancer, which has allowed her to dance professionally in the industry. Some of her credits include: K-OS, 2010 Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Coca-Cola, CFL: Grey Cup, City TV-Breakfast Television & XBOX: Just Dance. For years, Jane was casted to perform in the Alberta Ballet & Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She was also fortunate enough to be a featured dancer with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. From 2005 – 2009, Jane landed various dancing roles at the Pacific National Exhibition under the direction of PRP Productions. In the fall of 2009, Jane along with her crew mates, were the 1st ever in Western Canada chosen to represent at an elite show called Carnival: Choreographers Ball in Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2012, Jane auditioned & successfully secured a spot with the Academy of Swag Company in West Covina, California who competed to become the United States Champions. Winning 1st place, they were sent to represent the US against 40+ other countries at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recently, Jane has been brought onto the World of Dance Tour, which travels throughout the year. The World of Dance movement is growing at a rapid pace and is currently in 4 countries with 19 stops globally.
Jane seeks every opportunity to train in various styles from as many different teachers as she can. She believes this training can only add to her physical vocabulary and constantly push her boundaries when choreographing. Jane is a sought after choreographer and teacher by many top hip-hop studios in the lower mainland and the USA. She also dances and choreographs for her dance crew, Diamonds in the Rough, which enlists some of the top female dancers in Western Canada. Jane is excited about joining the Dance Trance team, and looks forward to sharing her passion and love of hip-hop with the students of Dance Trance.
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