Janelle Jalila Issis


Janelle Issis is a talented, fun loving, full blooded Palestinian-American born national touring artist, choreographer, performer, certified Yogini, nutritionist and CESD signed Dancer/Model. She 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 & fusion trained bellydancer ever to hit the Fox 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 attaining her Nutrition degree. Currently, Janelle travels all over the United States and abroad teaching and performing on her own and with “Showstoppers On Tour” and she recently debut in her first international T-Mobil commercial with artist J.Balvin! In 2018 she made New York her home and enjoys connecting to her students of all ages and abilities through the art of Bellydance at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Extension. Recent credits include exclusive choreography for international vocal artist Abir. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 working with renowned choreographer Marguerite Derricks and Good Morning America with Derek and Julianne Hough while working with the Tabitha and Napoleon. You can also ?nd her in the video of the hit single “YOGA” with Janelle Monae. Mrs. Issis was featured in B-metro Magazine and in the Birmingham Magazine for her choreography and performance for St. Paul and the Broken Bones music video, “Call Me;” and check her out in the February issue of Dance Spirit Magazine talking about “The Bellydance Di?erence.” The Health Magazine @HEALTH just featured her signature Alvin Ailey bellydance fitness class BellydanceBURN; register for her unlimited course full of exciting new materials or experience this class live at the Ailey Extension in NYC. To enjoy her heart felt Yoga classes you can ?nd her at several of the Crunch Signature Gyms around NYC and or enjoy one of her free online classes with access right here at your fingertips. 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 work does not stop there; she has extensively 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 all across the United States and Internationally, while making unforgettable memories along the way.

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