Janelle Abbott Staley is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates mat and barre fitness instructor. She has performed on stages around the country and abroad with ballet and modern dance companies, in musicals, and in film. In New York City, Janelle worked with dre.dance, Salim Gauwloos (Slam), Adam Cates, John Byrne, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and Ollom Dance Theatre, among others. She was featured in Elton John's The Red Piano concert (soloist on-screen in "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"), as well as in Norah Jones' "Those Sweet Words," both directed by David LaChapelle.
Janelle has performed on and off- Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, and has appeared regionally in Shakespeare Theatre Company's Twelfth Night (Dance Captain), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily/Dance Captain), A Chorus Line, and Cabaret. Upon relocating to New England, she danced with Boston's Kat Nasti Dance, and recently worked with Annex
Contemporary Dance and the NH Dance Collaborative.
Janelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Utah,
and began her early career as a company member of the Grand Rapids
Ballet in Michigan. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, as well as master classes around the country. She received her classical Pilates mat certification from Power Pilates, and taught dance-inspired barre fitness classes to celebrity clientele at Physique 57 in NYC and later, at Exhale Spa in Boston. She is currently pursuing her apparatus certification through Balanced Body.
Janelle is a faculty member of The Dance Annex Studio for the Dance Arts, and is currently teaching virtual Pilates, dance, and barre classes from her home in Southern Maine, where she lives with her husband, two daughters Willoughby and Penelope, and their dog Winnie.