Janelle Abbott Staley is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified
Pilates instructor. She has performed on stages around the country and abroad with dance companies, in film, TV, and in musicals. In New York City, she worked with Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs’ dre.dance, Salim Gauwloos aka Slam (rehearsal assistant), Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Adam Cates, John Byrne, and Ollom Dance, among others. On screen, she was featured in Elton John's The Red Piano concert in "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, and in Norah Jones' "Those Sweet Words" music video, both directed by David LaChapelle. Janelle has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and on Broadway stages in Broadway Cares’ Red Bucket Follies (award-winner with Aida cast) and EC/BFA's Easter Bonnet. Her regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night directed by Tony Award-winner Rebecca Taichman and choreographed by Seán Curran, Peter Pan at the Sondheim Center (Tiger Lily/Dance Captain), A Chorus Line, and Cabaret. Now based in New England, Janelle has had the fortune of working with Peter DiMuro, Lorraine Chapman, Kat Nasti, Junichi Fukuda, Demeo Dance, and Julie Hebb/Annex Contemporary.
Janelle began her early career as a company member of the Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan, and then received her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and has lead master classes around the country. As a Pilates and barre fitness instructor, Janelle has trained celebrity clientele at top fitness studios in NYC and Boston. She is currently a faculty member of The Dance Annex in York, Maine, and teaches Pilates mat and apparatus classes in-studio and virtually from her home in southern Maine, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.