Live Oak Conservatory taking registration

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on January 7, 2021

Live Oak theatre still has limited openings in dance and acrobatics classes. Please note that the Conservatory limits class sizes to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  For more information about fees and how to register email [email protected] or call 352-593-0270.

Live Oak Conservatory taking registration for select classes, beginning in January.

The following classes are taught by Miss Jane Russell Geddings:

Pre-K Level 1 & 2 Dance & Acro Ages 2-6, learning readiness program to develop motor skills, body awareness and basic tumbling skills. Fundamentals of Tap and Ballet. In addition, as students’ progress, Miss Jane will introduce increased flexibility, strength, speed, balance, coordination, and endurance. Introduces movement combinations requiring more coordination and concentration.  Thursdays 9:30-10:15 am

Jazz (Beginner/Intermediate) Ages 6 – 18, A training program that promotes body alignment, balance, core strength, and “feeling from the inside”. Also used for rehabilitation, it is the world’s first recognized technique for teaching jazz and musical theater dance..

Thursdays 10:30-11:30am

Ballet – (Beginner Intermediate), Ages 6-18,  American Ballet technique. A style of classical ballet, this class seeks to develop essential skills in dancers as well as strength and elasticity. Thursdays 11:30am – 12:30pm

Tap(Beginner/Intermediate), Ages 6 – 18, Techniques in Tap with emphasis on form and aspects of performance. Learning Tap provides ear training and recognizing complicated rhythm patterns.

Thursdays 1:00pm -2:00pm 

Acrobatics (Beginner/Intermediate) Ages 6 – 18, Flexibility and strength training are emphasized, while accomplishing tumbling skills.

Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm


Jane Russell Geddings, a native of Charlotte, NC, is a movement specialist trained in multiple dance disciplines, hatha yoga, and musical theatre. “Miss Jane” has been a fixture in the Tampa dance and theatre community for decades.

Her association with Dance Tree International from 1986-2001 set the standard for movement and dance education not only in the studio, but in establishing outreach programs in private and day schools. When Dance Tree left Florida in 2001, Ms. Geddings continued their outreach, establishing Miss Jane’s Class Inc, providing quality instruction in private and day schools in Tampa.

In 2001, she also joined the faculty of All American Dance Factory, where she established the dance program for pre-schoolers.

In 2013, she was invited to join the faculty of Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center, teaching in the dance and theatre departments. Her work in their Outreach program included directing the dance program for Metropolitan Ministries. She also served as an adjudicator for Broadway Stars of the Future, a Straz Center initiative.  In 2017, she joined Live Oak Theatre in Brooksville, FL, as Resident Choreographer, and was named the Dance Director of Live Oak Conservatory in 2018.

During her 40 year career, Ms Geddings has had the opportunity to choreograph over 60 musicals in theatres across the West Coast of Florida; write and produce original works; travel nationally as teacher and artist; and work with students, colleagues, and peers, from age 2 to 92. Known as a “teacher’s teacher”, she continues to mentor young artists in technique, choreography, performance, and teaching skills. Her passion for movement extends to teaching senior citizens, dancers with different abilities, and autistic students.

About Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT),

Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) repertory company of local artists, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601.  The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals and the community as a whole by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying family friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theatre patrons and participants of all ages. 

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