Jane Paik took her first dance class when she was 17 years old – ballet. And loved it. She spent 2 1/2 years studying modern at the age of 19 – Martha Graham. Old school, but solid. Since then, she has continued to be mainly self-taught, though she has had the chance to take class with some excellent teachers including Stefan Wenta, Augusta Moore, Ryan Heffington, Kitty MacNamae, and Oliver Steele.
In conjunction with her entrance into the world of dance, Jane found herself as a founding member of the San Francisco theater troupe Sassymouth. Helmed by writer/director John Fisher, the troupe earned a cult following in San Francisco with its cutting-edge examinations of gender, sex, and politics. She wore many hats with the troupe including Producer, Choreographer, Dancer, and Actor and was recognized for her various roles including Joy of Gay Sex (Best Ensemble), Combat! (Mark Goodman award for Distinguishment in Acting) , and Medea, the Musical. (HBO Aspen Comedy Festival – Pick of the Festival, GLAAD choice awards – Best Play, LA Weekly, Best Play, BATCC Awards -Best Choreography, Best Ensemble Cast).
She has appeared in a handful of independent shorts and films seen in various festivals including Outfest, Ladyfest, and the South by Southwest Film Festival.
She began producing works under the name Janet Pants in 1997 and Founded the Janet Pants Dans Theeatre (later Leg and Pants Dans Theeatre) in 2001. Often hailed as a pioneer in bringing experimental modern dance to the underground music scene – in a style that has been described as “punk rock in dance form” – she continues to mash together her take on dance/film/music in various performances, videos, and sounds.
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