/Guest Educators/

Janaya French

STYLE: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Jazz is a high energy class focusing on technique and performance. Will include a warm up, some across the floor excercises and a combo! Love to work with the students on bringing out the fire when they dance! My contemporary class will consist of a warm up and improv excercises to get the blood flowing and then a combo. My class will push the dancers to find the "why" in their dancing as opposed to just doing steps. Really working with them to perform and express feeling in every movement! Lyrical- very similar to contemporary, we would do a warm up and some improv excercise or across the floor exercises, but the combo would stick more to traditional lyrical lines and focus on the importance of telling a story with their dancing!

BIO: Janaya French was born in Denver, Colorado where she started dancing at age 3 and continued her training at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She was trained in all styles of dance but now specializes in jazz, lyrical and contemporary. After graduating in 2010, Janaya started her dance career assisting West Coast Dance Explosion for their 2010/2011 season. She moved to Los Angeles in May 2011 and has since been signed with Bloc Talent Agency. She has appeared on various TV shoes and Films such as; So You Think You Can Dance season 9, 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, Billboard awards with Fall Out Boy, The Goldbergs, Glee, Teen Beach 2, Ted 2, CMA’s with Thomas Rhett, CMA Country Christmas special, 42nd People’s Choice Awards, Grease Live, Janaya also toured the country with Maks and Val from Dancing with the Stars on their Our Way tour. In between jobs Janaya loves to share the knowledge she has gained with students around the country. She had amazing teachers and wishes to continue inspiring and educating young dancers to work hard and achieve their dreams. With her classes she enjoys focusing on the kids finding a purpose for their movement instead of just perfecting steps. Her favorite part of dancing is the way it allows you to express emotions and that is something she loves to challenge the students to find in themselves. Janaya believes success is something that should be shared with others and loves to help the younger generations of dancers in anyway possible!

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