Janelle Gilchrist
245 Main St #64 * Watertown, MA 02472

Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Teacher specializing in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop;

Experience teaching children and adults on all levels and abilities; Dance Curriculum Developer for both private studio and inner-city dance programs.


School Principal   Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dorchester, MA 2016-Present
•Duties include teaching children ages 3-14 in creative dance, pre-ballet and ballet as well as preparing end-of-year demonstrations for all levels

Dancer José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Cambridge, MA 2012-Present
•Performances include lead roles as the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ and ‘Dew Drop Fairy’ in the Nutcracker Suite; ’Third Pas de Deux’ in Vanished Verses; and ‘First Pas de Deux’ in Streams

Ballet Teacher José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Cambridge, MA 2012-Present
•Instruction levels include adult beginner, intermediate, advanced ballet, and company classes as well as all levels of children’s ballet classes.

Choreographer José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Cambridge, MA 2012-Present
•Several original works, namely, ‘Classical Hop,’ winner in 2014 Dance for World Community Competition

Artistic Director/ Program Manager BalletRox, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2009-2016
• Collaborated with Boston Public School principals to incorporate dance programs into daily school schedule
• Developed Creative Movement Curriculum used by BalletRox teachers for BPS students
• Hired and supervised BalletRox teachers for the Boston Public Schools
• Provided teacher training in classroom management and curriculum implementation
• Determined themes for end-of-term recitals
• Co-Managed classes at BalletRox Dance located at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain, MA. Team Teaching
• Guided and mentored Youth Council students in the production of end-of-term recitals

Company Manager BalletRox, Jamaica Plain, MA 2010-2012
• Scheduled rehearsal times for adult and children roles and managed company dancers in the Urban Nutcracker

Company Dancer BalletRox, Jamaica Plain, MA 2005-2012
• Danced leading roles including ‘Sugarplum Fairy,’ ‘Snow Queen,’ and ‘Branch’ in the Urban Nutcracker
Lead Dance Teacher Summer Reach Program, Boston University MA 2013-Present
Five-Week Youth Dance Camp
• Teaches Ballet to high school campers
• Choreographs pieces for end-of-camp recitals performed throughout the Greater Boston area
• Provides daily mentoring and counseling for young dancers

Freelance Boston-based Choreographer 2010-Present
• Choreography includes works in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theater for student recitals and professional performances such as Flash Mobs in Boston, MA and Las Vegas, NV.
• Founder and Artistic Director of the Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe in 2011 with a focus on contemporary ballet blending ballet, modern, and jazz into the company’s repertoire. The company has performed around the Boston area at venues including the Strand Theatre, Green Street Studios, Mills Art Gallery, Somerville Arts Festival, Dance for World Community, and Spring Step.

Dance Teacher
• Tony Williams Dance Center * Jamaica Plain, MA * Ballet, Jazz, Tap * 2008-Present
• Boston Public Schools * Boston, MA * Creative Movement * 2008-Present
• Angel Dance Troupe * Waltham, MA * Jazz, Ballet * 2009-Present
• Step by Step Dance * Waltham, MA * Ballet, Modern* 2010 – Present
• Loperfido Dance Academy * Woburn, MA * Ballet, Tap, Contemporary * 2009 – 2010
• Brown University * Providence, RI * Hip-Hop Jazz Fusion * 2009
• Newport Academy of Ballet * Newport, RI * Ballet * 2005 – 2008
• List Academy of Music * Newport, RI * Musical Theater Dance * 2005 – 2007

Screen Actors Guild 2010 – Present
English (Native), German (Intermediate), French (Intermediate)

Bikram Yoga, African Dancing, Chinese Folk Dancing, Martial Arts, Aerobics, Piano, Voice, Video Editing, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PC/Mac proficient

• IDEXX Flash Mob, Media Direct Productions, Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, NV
• IDEXX Flash Mob, Media Direct Productions, Copley Place Boston, MA

• Deb Medical Hip Hop Dance Video, Boston, MA
• Anthony Williams Urban Nutcracker, ‘Sugar Plum Fairy;’ Boston, MA
• Island Moving Company, Rosecliff; Newport, RI
• David Parker’s Nut/Cracked, Calderwood Pavillion: Boston, MA
• Anna Myer and Dancers, Boston Ballet Studios; Boston, MA
• Nanette Bearden Dance Company, Ailey City Group Theater; NYC
• Celebrity Cruises, Hard Drive Productions; Caribbean Islands
• Legends in Concert, On Stage Entertainment; Surfside, SC
• The Nutcracker, New Jersey Ballet; NJ
• The Morgan Scott Ballet, Bryant Park; NYC
• Jacob’s Pillow, Inside/Out Theater; Berkshires, MA
• Tim Melady’s Metamorphing, Hartt School; Lincoln Theater, Hartford, CT
• The Nutcracker, Hollywood Bowl; CA
• Romeo and Juliet, The Bushnell; Hartford, CT
• Greendale, Neil Young, CT
• Stars & Stripes, Acts of Light; Hartt School Lincoln Theater, CT
• Kirk Peterson’s Sleeping Beauty, Hartford Ballet: CT
• Broadway Theater Project, Ann Reinking; Tampa, FL
• Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, The Wang Center; Boston, MA

University of Hartford, Hartt School, CT – BFA Dance Performance

• Boston Casting-Acting Workshop *Acting * Angela Peri
• CP Casting-On Camera Auditioning * Acting * Carolyn Pickman
• Hartford Ballet School * Ballet * Kirk Peterson, Alla Osepienko, Franco Devita, Adam Miller
• Hartford Ballet School * Graham Technique * Peggy Lyman, Kim Stroud
• Concord Academy * Ballet * Richard Colton, Amy Spencer
• Boston Ballet School *Ballet * Christine Busch, Sydney Leonard, Laura Young
• Dance Theatre of Harlem * Ballet * Arthur Mitchell, Tyrone Brooks, Levine Nadu
• Broadway Theater Project * Musical Theater * Ann Reinking, Gregory Hines