JANET'S CAREER BIO
Janet Roston is a successful
Hollywood choreographer with credits in a variety of media. She received
her Masters of Arts in Dance (hence the name M.A.D. Degrees Productions, her creative
entity) from U.C.L.A.,
where she specialized in Kinesiology and Dance Education. She is the Artistic
Director of the Advanced Dance Theater
Group of Beverly Hills High School, considered one of the top programs
in the US.
Janet has created Dancin'
Habit an award winning series of instructional dance videos; "Principles of Choreography"
has won medals at the New York Film Festival, Houston Worldfest Film Festival,
and Columbus Film Festival. Her Hip-Hop Kidz video has
been featured on CNN's Showbiz Today and has garnered excellent reviews
from Billboard, Healthy Kids, and other magazines.
Janet's recent choreography includes two commercials for special
effects company Rhythm and Hues. She created choreography for the Touchstone
Disney film "The Last Shot" starring Matthew Broderick and "How Does It
Feel" starring Blair Underwood. She has been staff choreographer
on numerous television shows creating sequences for "Ned and Stacey," "Ask
Harriet," "A League of Their Own," and "George," with actors Scott
Bakula, Thomas Hayden Church, and Peter Coyote. As a director-choreographer
Janet has created large-scale production numbers featuring dancers and
singers for Sunkist, Polaroid, AVCO Finance, and Stouffers Hotels.
Choreographic sequences Janet has created are key elements to the
success of many recent Disney promo campaigns. She provided dance
and movement for three campaigns of Disney's One Saturday Morning line-up
on ABC, as well as numerous promos for The Disney Channel and Toon Disney.
Other commercials include multiple spots for Mattel's Barbie, Lucky Supermarkets,
Knott's Berry Farm, and American Express. Among her film credits is "Teen
Wolf" with Michael J. Fox.
Janet staged the national tour for RCA Nashville Recording Artists,
Lonestar, working closely with lead singer Richie McDonald. Her stage choreography
includes the 20-year revival of "Hair" at the Heliotrope Theater; "Tracers"
at the Odyssey Theater, the hit musical "Nite-Club Confidential" at the
Tiffany Theater which won the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Production; and
"Partners" starring Hinton Battle.
Janet choreographed "Avenue X' at the
Odyssey Theater for which she won a Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding
Choreography. Back Stage West wrote that "Janet Roston's clever choreography
adds flair to this enthralling production". "Viscerally entertaining and
musically inventive, Avenue X is a feast for the ears...Musical staging
by Janet Roston is excellent". Drama-Logue
She also choreographed the Equity production
of "A...My Name is Alice" at the acclaimed Long Beach International City
Theater. "Choreographer Janet Roston builds on the strengths of each
of her cast members giving the show a wonderful look." The Press-Telegraph
As a teacher Janet has instructed at the state funded high school
arts program, California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) held
at California Insitute of the Arts, Valencia. Janet developed and instructed
the popular U.C.L.A. Extension course "Getting Work as a Professional
Dancer in Hollywood" and has toured with Artists-in-the-Schools. She has
taught many classes for the Professional Dance Network convention held
in Palm Springs, CA and at Cal State Univ. Long Beach. She has also conducted
dance workshops at CAHPERD's (California Association of Health, Physical
Education, Recreation, and Dance) annual convention in Sacramento, Monterey,
and Los Angeles.
Janet has developed relationships with
several arts conservatories in London; guest teaching at the highly regarded
Millennium 2000, London Studio Centre and Arts Educational as well as giving
dance workshops throughout England.
Janet is available internationally for choreographic commissions
and to teach master classes at studios/schools, workshops, and conventions.
Janet is represented by
Kazarian/Spencer & Associates
11969 Ventura Blvd. 3rd Floor
Studio City, CA 91604