Janine Kovac enjoyed a 12-year career as a professional dancer under her maiden name, Janine Bryan. A scholarship student with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Luc de Lairess in Ghent, Belgium, Janine danced with Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, Fabula Saltica in Rovigo, Italy, and Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She was a soloist with the Icelandic Ballet and Ballet El Paso. As a teacher, Janine taught at Shan Yee Poon Ballet School, Lines Ballet School, and with the Lines Pre-Professional Program. She is married to Matt Kovac, a long-standing guest artist with Pacific Ballet. They live in Oakland with their three young children.