Jane Hachiya-Weiner

Jane has been a vital part of the Indianapolis dance community since 1985 when she joined Indianapolis Ballet Theatre.  Jane is originally from Japan.  After graduating Valedictorian Class of 1975 from the Earnest J. King High School – A Department of Defense School at Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, she continued her studies with the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Academy in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan graduating from the Academy and becoming a company member the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company in 1979.  Jane eventually became Principal Dancer of the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company during her 8 years with the Company, studying and dancing in Tokyo  and abroad with the company in England, Scotland, France and Italy.  Her rich repertoire of the classics : Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Pas de Quatre , and her opportunities to work with the most famous partners and mentors of her time (Anton Dolin, David Wall of the Royal Ballet, Michael Birkmeyer of the Vienna State Opera Ballet and Cyril Atanasoff and Patrick Dupond of the Paris Opera), give her a breadth of respected expertise in this genre.  Jane was a Silver Medalist for the Japan Ballet Association National Ballet Competition in 1980.  She is also the recipient of the Akiko Tachibana National Award for Emerging Artists for her 1981 Performance as Giselle in the Inoue Ballet Company production of Giselle.  She danced extensively with the Japan Ballet Association both in Tokyo and on National Tours and as guest artist with the other Tokyo based ballet companies.  She a danced annually in the NHK TV (National Television Broadcast Station of Japan) in their annual Gala  – “An Evening of Ballet” as a representative of the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company.  After coming to this country, Ms. Hachiya-Weiner danced with the Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet Ensemble before coming to Indianapolis. She danced extensively with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre under its founder, George Verdak, and subsequently Dace Dindonis and finally Eldar Aliev (Ballet Internationale,Indianapolis). From Limon, to Balanchine, to Verdak, Ms. Hachiya-Weiner personified the artistic versatility as well as classic virtuosity of a true ballerina, and the Indianapolis public supported her warmly.  Jane is educated in several of the most celebrated training techniques:RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus and the Vaganova (Russian) syllabus.  Jane is an ABT ® (American Ballet Theatre ®) Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum .  She is also designated an ABT ® Affiliate Teacher in that she has successfully presented students for National examinations.  Currently, she is the only teacher in the state of Indiana with the ABT ® Affiliate Teacher designation.  Her teaching career began in Indiana when she was appointed Director of the Academy of the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre during her final years as a professional dancer.  After her tenure at Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, she joined the faculty of Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University from 1998 – 2009 and was appointed Adjunct Faculty for the Dance Majors Program at for the Jordan College of Fine Arts Dept. of Dance  as their pointe technique teacher in 2002.  She remained at that position until 2009 when she took on her responsibilities at Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge.  Currently, Jane is the Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge – a pre professional ballet company and an educational component of the Performer’s Edge School of the Performing Arts in Carmel Indiana.