A native Californian, Janell Burgess began dancing and found her passion for the arts at a very young age. She is the recipient of the Tremaine & Gus Giordano Merit Scholarships, Disneyland Creativity Award in Choreography, and is also an American Legion Award winner for her advocacy in art education. As a choreographer, she has coached dancers, actors, singers, and movers of all ages in film, television, stage and live events around the world. Janell's diverse & thorough background in movement includes numerous dance styles, yoga, tai chi, and is also a certified Pole Aerial coach thru the Pole Fitness Association (only to name a few) making her a well sought after creative mind in the entertainment industry.
Some of her choreographic credits include: The Disney Channel, X-Burlesque at the Showboat in Atlantic City, The Glory of Christmas (aerial dancers) at the Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, The John Mejia Show (music artist), Rhythms of Peace (international film documentary), Newport Beach Film Festival (closing ceremonies), Maltina Dance All (African dance reality tv series), America's Got Talent, and also choreographs for numerous production companies, industrials, and nightclubs throughout the US. Recently she was seen in Macau, China choreographing for the burlesque revue "Crystal" which premiered at the Sands Hotel & Casino.
Janell is also a certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher. Having a background in anatomy and physiology allows her to bring a strong element of structural alignment to performers which focuses on keeping their bodies healthy, in shape, & dancing stronger and longer with limited to no injuries.
Janell's performance career has taken her around the world. Working with top names such as: Disney, Universal Studios, The Fercos Brothers Circus “Untamed Illusions”, LA Contemporary, Steve Reid’s “Dreamscapes”, as well as concert violinist Bijan Mortezavi. She has appeared alongside Lorenzo Lamas, dancing for the internationally televised Miss Planet Beach world fitness beauty competitions and also performed for the opening of the film “This Is It” to honor Michael Jackson at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Her other Las Vegas performance credits include: Paul Oakenfold's "Perfecto" at Rain Nightclub where she appeared as the "Grinder Girl", Bally’s Hotel & Casino with the cast of “Jubilee!” as well as Planet Hollywood dancing the choreography of Tony award winner Jerry Mitchel in “Peepshow” starring Mel B & Holly Madison. She has also appeared as a soloist performer on Fremont Street, The Dixie Evans Burlesque Hall of Fame, and The Playboy Comedy Club. As an adagio partner, she appeared as the specialty dance act for the honorary recipient of the African American Heritage Awards, Blair Underwood.
Her television and film credits include: Gene Simmon’s “Family Jewels”, “The View”, Sony, 2008 Olympics Basketball opening ceremony, The Travel Channel, and commercials for Rockin’ Body Workout. She has judged for West Africa's acclaimed dance reality television show “Maltina Dance All" for 4 consecutive seasons and also adjudicates for Starquest National Dance Competition. Currently, Janell is dancing on the 40th Anniversary Tour with the legendary "KC & The Sunshine Band" and is a swing for Las Vegas' longest running burlesque show "Crazy Girls".