Janeill Cooper is a dance maker, performing artist and proud native of Queens, NY. Since beginning her dance training locally at Edge School of the Arts she continued to receive training from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and The Ailey School. Janeill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Janeill was a member of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and is currently collaborating with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT. Now residing in Brooklyn, she is creating, performing, teaching, and working in arts administration. Janeill has presented her work at Center Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and in New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival 33. In 2018, Janeill was a BRIClab Artist in Residence, and BAX Upstart Artist. Through her work, creatively and otherwise, Janeill seeks to be a small contributor to the great community of those working to increase the visibility, access, and quality of life for people of color, inside and outside of artistic spaces.
Photo by Michel Leroy
February 2018 - Present
As a dancer/collaborator with INSPIRIT, Janeill is participating in the development of a new work, What We Ask of Flesh, which has been workshopped and shown informally through residency at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE,
A Dance Company
2016 - 2017
While a member with EVIDENCE, Janeill performed signature works by the renowned Ronald K. Brown including Grace, Four Corners, Why You Follow, On Earth Together, and Gatekeepers. She performed with the company at their home base in New York, including at the Hudson River Dance Festival, and nationally in cities such as New Orleans (LA), Portland (OR), San Antonio (TX) and Davis (CA).
Martha Graham All-City Panorama
Janeill was selected to participate in the All-City Panorama - a program that brings together dancers in performing arts high schools around New York City to perform Martha Graham's renowned work, Panorama under the direction of Graham company member, Oliver Tobin. The program culminated in a performance at Joyce Theatre as part of the Graham company's season.
Conkrete Jungle's A-Z of the African Diaspora
Janeill featured in a Conkrete Jungle Production's video, showcasing the vast and incredible movement language of the African Diaspora. Check out the video here!
University of the Arts - Dance Study Cycle Abroad
Janeill was one of sixteen students selected from the UArts School of Dance to travel to Brussels, Belgium and Lille, France, under the guidance of Katie Swords and Douglas Becker. The group took workshops from artists including Moya Michel and Leif Firnhaber. They also performed at the Beursschouwburg Theatre in Brussels and the Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux in Lille.
ABT's Young People's Ballet Workshop
As a student at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, Janeill performed a work inspired by George Balanchine's Jewels at the Metropolitan Opera House through the American Ballet Theatre's Make-a-Ballet program.