Originally from Stoneham, MA Janelle developed her skills and expertise through studies at Harriet Hoctor Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Broadway Theater Project, Concord Academy, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Hartt School in Connecticut where she earned a BFA in Dance. Ms. Gilchrist’s training led to roles as company dancer with Hartford Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Island Moving Company, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, the “Urban Nutcracker,” and Tony Williams Ballet.
Outside of ballet, Janelle showcased her versatility in other dance forms with Legends in Concert, Celebrity Cruises, Anna Myer, and David Parker. Gilchrist served as choreographer and casting director of two flash mob performances for Media Direct Productions in Boston and Las Vegas. She also flew to Riga, Latvia with BalletRox to perform and teach the Urban Nutcracker to Dzirnas Dance Troupe.
She was on the staff at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI where she taught dance and choreographed musicals such as “Hello Dolly,” “The Music Man,” and “Cabaret.” Janelle was also the director of in school programming with BalletRox for the Boston Public Schools.
To her dance credits, Janelle added appearances in small roles in several major movie productions, including “27 Dresses.”
Currently, Janelle keeps a very busy schedule dancing, teaching, choreographing, and organizing. In addition to being a full time dance instructor at Boston Arts Academy, she will be dancing with Tony William’s new company City Ballet Boston beginning in the fall. She is also principal of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre School in Dorchester. For the past 6 summers, Janelle taught ballet and choreographed for Boston University’s Reach program, a dance intensive/service program for teens and also taught at Step by Step Dance in Waltham for 6 years.
Janelle leads her own troupe called: Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe. Janelle choreographs original works for the troupe and they have performed at the Oberon Cambridge, Dance For World Community, Dance Complex, Somerville Dancing in the Streets Series, and the Mills Art Gallery.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Janelle is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a local choreographer, and a champion for the local dance community, working tirelessly to elevate dance appreciation and support for the arts.