Janelle was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
From an early age she knew she wanted to be a dancer
and she has never wanted to do anything else but
dance and share her talents with others. She started
out dancing at a private dance competition studio doing
ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. At the age of 15 years old
she began to teach and by the time she turned 16 she
decided she needed to expand her knowledge of dance
by applying for scholarships at schools such as the
Martha Graham Dance School, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey,
and Broadway Dance Center studying under Sheila
Barker, Frank Hatchett, etc. Nellie realized she wanted
to move from the concert dance world in the
commercial world of dance and that is when she met
her future mentor, friend, and sister of dance Rhapsody
James. After her second class with Rhapsody, Ms.
James pulled Nellie to the side and asked if she would
like the join her new company, Rhapsody the Company.
She made the transition originally from a private
competition dance studio to study ballet, modern, and
jazz at internationally known and respected dance
institutions; and made the transition from that to
HipHop and Street Jazz. She began training with
Rhapsody in 2001 and after 10 years of being in her
company, Rhapsody also cast Nellie as Venom in her
first major work Siren Assassin “Dance to Die For”.
Siren Assassin had been so successful in New York City
for 3 years that they decided to move the show to LA
where it had an equally successful run.
From then on in she has been in movies such as the
American Gangster as the principle dancer, Step Up 2
The Streets, and Step Up 3D playing Fly. She then went
off to dance for Ms. Bette Midler in the hit show in Las
Vegas, “The Showgirl Must Go On” as a showgirl for two
years. She has also worked in award shows such as
MTV, AMA’s and the HipHop Honors. Nellie has had the
honor of working with artists like Beyonce, Rihanna,
New Kids on the Block, Kelis, Musiq, Soulchild,
Ginuwine, Mary J. Blige, etc. She has had the privilege
of working with choreographers such as the amazing
Luther Brown, Kevin Maher, Fatima Robinson, Laurie
Ann Gibson, Dave Scott, Hi Hat, Rich and Tone, and the
amazing Ms. Toni Basil. She has taught both nationally
and internationally most recently coming back from a
two and a half month teaching engagement in Guam.
Janelle was last seen dancing in a charity event
performed by Rihanna and the 2013 Super Bowl as a
backup dancer for Beyonce’s Halftime show. What’s
next for Nellie is to continue to follow her dreams and
give back to the next generation by making her next
transition from dancer to choreographer.
||Week of: Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018
|Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
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