Ginger Lane began her dance training in Chicago with Edna McRae, Erik Braun, John Kriza, Bentley-Stone, and Walter Camryn. She was awarded a dance scholarship at the Interlochen Center for the Arts to study with Sheila Reilly, Maxine Munt/Alfred Brooks, Chester Wolenski, and Joseph Gifford, from whom she learned the Doris Humphrey technique. She received her B.S. in Theater and Communication from Northwestern University and began performing and teaching throughout the Chicago area. She had her own dance studio on the North Shore and choreographed for numerous area theaters and school districts.
Using a wheelchair since 1984, Ginger has collaborated and performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and for ten years was a member of Dance>Detour, a company of dancers with and without disabilities. She has been performing, choreographing, and conducting workshops with MOMENTA since 2003. Ginger has performed at the St. Louis Spring to Dance Festival for several years, at Chicago’s Bodies of Work Festival of Disability Arts & Culture in 2006 and 2013, and at the Chicago Disability Pride Parade. In 2000 she was named one of “100 Women Making a Difference” in Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. Since 2008, as Coordinator of the Arts & Culture Project at Access Living, Ginger has produced the physically integrated dance concert Counter Balance for the past eight years.
In 2019 Ginger will be choreographing and/or performing with MOMENTA in their spring and fall dance concerts, as well as at the 2nd Annual Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival. She will lead movement workshops for physically-integrated dance at the 2019 Art Institute of Chicago’s “Block Party.” In September for MOMENTA she is producing the latest Counter Balance dance series, including a work that will feature dancers from Israel and South Korea. Also, Ginger’s story about her life in Germany during the Holocaust is the subject of a new documentary, currently in production.