Janaya French

Los Angeles Ballet Academy
Associate Teacher: Jazz

Born in Denver, Colorado, Janaya French started dancing at age 3 and continued her training at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She kicked off her professional dance career assisting the West Coast Dance Explosion for their 2010-11 season, and moved to Los Angeles in 2011. One of her proudest accomplishments was being part of the Top 20 dancers on Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance, working with Emmy nominated/winning choreographers such as Stacy Tookey, Travis Wall, Nappy Tabs and many more. Janaya has appeared on various TV shoes and Films such as Grease Live, Glee, 65th Primetime Emmy Awards alongside Neil Patrick Harris, 2015 Billboard awards, Teen Beach 2, Ted 2, CMA Country Christmas special, 42nd People’s Choice Awards, TV Land Icon Awards, and 22nd Critic’s choice awards. Janaya also toured the country with Maks and Val from Dancing with the Stars on the Our Way tour, danced with James Corden on the 59th Grammy’s, appeared in the new Beauty and the Beast music video with John Legend and Ariana Grande and most recently filmed scenes for the new movie Valley Girl. Janaya wowed students at LABA's Dance Days in April 2017 with her fun, challenging and innovative jazz routines, and joined the LABA faculty in August 2017 to teach jazz.

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