Mary Jane Lance
Mary Jane is a Shreveport, Louisiana native but began her dance training in Monroe, Louisiana at Linda Lavender School of Dance and Twin City Ballet under the direction of Linda Lavender Ford and Michelle Harvey. In 2005, Mary Jane moved back to Shreveport and continued her dance training with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet as a principal dancer. While dancing for SMB, Mary Jane danced many leading roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Snow Queen and Arabian Soloist in the Nutcracker, and Fairy god-mother in Cinderella. Mary Jane passed with honors the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced II examination, making her an associate with the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Mary Jane also received numerous scholarships at dance competitions and conventions, including one of New York City Dance Alliance’s Senior Outstanding Dancers in 2007. In 2008, Mary Jane took advantage of the offer to train at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School year round trainee program in New York City. She then joined the Joffrey Ballet School Performing Company in 2010 as a full company member under the direction of Davis Robertson and Brian McSween. Her repertoire also includes ballets by Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine and Antony Tudor. After training at the Joffrey Ballet School, Mary Jane joined Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Mrs. Lance performed roles in many of Mr. Stevenson’s ballets such as The Nutcracker, Dracula, Peer Gynt, and the world premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Giselle. Throughout her career, Mary Jane has taught dancers of all levels and ages. She feels children of all ages should be encouraged in their exploration and love for dance. Mary Jane now resides in San Diego and has been a dancer with California Ballet Company since 2015.