Meet Against the Odds Artist, Janelle Gilchrist!

Ms. Gilchrist is a leader in the art of dance, holding many roles in her professional career, including those of dancer, teacher, choreographer, and community organizer. 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, and Dance Theater of Harlem, and earned her BFA in Dance at the University of Hartford, CT. 

Highlights of Ms. Gilchrist's professional career include company dancer in the following companies: Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, BalletRox, Island Moving Company, and Hartford Ballet. In addition, Janelle has performed with Legends in Concert, Celebrity Cruises, Anna Myer, and David Parker. She has also held small roles in several major movie productions, including ‘27 Dresses’, produced by 20th Century Fox in 2008 and ‘What’s your Number’ produced by Contrafilms in 2011. 

Constantly striving to take her skills and vision to new creative applications, Janelle has recently served as choreographer and casting director of two flash mob performances for Media Direct Productions, in Boston and Las Vegas. When in season, Janelle works as company manager for Balletrox and currently coordinates the BalletRox dance programs in Boston Public Schools. She also teaches dance at Tony Williams Dance Center, Step by Step in Waltham MA, and Angel Dance Troupe in Watham MA.

In March 2012, Janelle went with BalletRox to Riga, Latvia to perform and teach the Urban Nutcracker to Dzirnas Dance Troup. 

In addition to her professional pursuits, Janelle is a champion for the local dance community, working tirelessly to elevate dance appreciation and support for the arts

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