BellydanceBURN with Janelle Issis


Apr 19 2020


2:00 pm


Instagram Live



Janelle leads a BellydanceBURN class on Instagram Live at @jbellyburn

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Janelle is best known for her contagious laugh and her sultry elegance on the hit U.S. show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 as the top 6th female finalist and the only classically trained bellydancer ever to hit the stage. From the age of 4 Janelle was protege to “Aziza of Birmingham,” studying Classic Egyptian Bellydance, and continued to learn other forms through various outlets throughout her youth. Later she attended the University of Alabama and accomplished her BA in Dance Performance learning under Cornelius Carter of Alvin Ailey and well as her Nutrition degree. Janelle currently travels teaching with “Hollywood Dance Jamz” and “Showstoppers On Tour,” and just recently debut in her first international T-Mobil commercial with artist J.Balvin! In 2018 she moved to NYC and has loved the opportunity to teach at Broadway Dance Center influencing more beautiful minds in the Art of Bellydance! She performed on Good Morning America with Derek and Julianne Hough while working with Tabitha and Napoleon and you can also find her in the video of the new hit single “YOGA” with Janelle Monae. Her love for the art of choreography is clear when watching Janelle teach; her unique style of intermingling elements of Classic Egyptian Bellydance with other forms drives her to create exciting innovative work. Her heart-felt work does not stop there; she has trained in multiple genres of dance including; contemporary, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, Bollywood, modern, tap, salsa/ partnering, and more. Her training at the University of Alabama, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Birmingham has lead her to teach and perform across the United States.

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