Janelle Abbott Staley is a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and certified Pilates and barre fitness instructor. She has performed on stages around the country and abroad with ballet and modern dance companies, musicals, in film, and on television. In New York City, she danced with dre.dance, Salim Gauwloos (Slam), Adam Cates, John Byrne, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Ballet for Young Audiences, Bryon Carr, and Ollom Dance Theatre, among others. She was featured in Elton John's The Red Piano concert (soloist onscreen in "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me") and Norah Jones' "Those Sweet Words" music video, 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.
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 with Fluid Dance Conventions, Dancer's Inc, and The Broadway Experience. Janelle received her classical Pilates Mat certification from Power Pilates NYC. She taught barre fitness to celebrity clientele at Physique 57 in NYC and later, at Exhale Spa in Boston.
Now in New England, Janelle has performed with the Boston-based company Kat Nasti Dance, with Annex Contemporary Dance Company in Maine, and with the New Hampshire Dance Collaborative. She is currently a faculty member of The Dance Annex Studio in Kittery, ME, and teaches barre and Pilates mat classes at Evolve Mindful Movement in Portsmouth, NH.