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 (‘17) from The University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Janeill was a member of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and has been a collaborating artist with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT.
Now residing in Brooklyn, she is creating, performing, teaching, and working in stage production and technical theater. Janeill’s work has been presented at Center Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival 33, and The University of the Arts 2022 Spring Dance Festival. Janeill was a 2018 BRIClab Artist in Residence, a 2019 BAX Upstart Artist, and has since served as a panelist and guest curator, most recently for the 2022 Black Artists Space to Create program presented by New Dance Alliance. With a creative practice centered around healing, excavating the body archive, and celebrating and honoring Blackness, Janeill seeks to be a small contributor to the great community of those working to increase the visibility, access, and quality of life for Black people, inside and outside of artistic spaces.
Photo by Michel Leroy