George Jayne began dancing at 10 years old in his hometown of Los Angeles. He went on to study Jazz dance with Roland Dupre, worked at Cal State Fullerton Dance department, and has studied gymnastics at Cal State L.A. He also studied mime with Marcel Marceau. His credits extend over stage, television, and film. He started performing with Bobby Gentry in Las Vegas, then did several Academy Awards shows and television specials. His film credits include Annie, Pennies From Heaven, and To Be Or Not To Be. He taught dance and movement in the L.A. area, worked extensively with ice skaters and gymnasts. Since moving to Nevada City, he has continued teaching as well as choreographing local productions: West Side Story, The Wiz, the community players production of Bye Bye Birdie for which he was nominated for a 1990 Elly Award for Best Choreographer and the Foothill Theater Company’s production of Guys and Dolls for which he won the 1990 Elly Award for Best Choreographer. George has choreographed Pump Boys and Dinettes for Off Broad Street, Man of La Mancha, Urine Town, Flower Drum Song, The King and I, Music Man, Falsettos, The Producers and Chicago.
Lotus Jayne is a locally trained dancer who studied the art of jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary at Sierra Dance Institute. She quickly progressed from student to teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher. She co-directed the Ballerinas Unbarred dance company in 2013, and has choreographed for the Nevada County Nutcracker. Lotus taught and created original choreography at Center Stage Dance Studio from 2012-15. Returning to SDI in 2015, Lotus hopes to inspire and be inspired by all of her students.