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Janet Roston Uplifts Students Through Dance

By Pete Allman

Janet Roston - Las Angeles Rock Opera CompanyThe Color PurpleThere are many choreographers throughout the world. Many of them don't have the desire or time to teach dance technique. However, there are a few award winning choreographers who enjoy teaching the technique of dance, who continue to work in the film and television industry. Janet Roston is one of those rare individuals who live to share her knowledge with her students. Miss Roston creates energetic dance with dynamic visuals that integrate imaginative interpretations of current and vintage pop culture.

Janet Roston received her Master of Arts, Mad Degrees Production, her created entity from UCLA. She was formerly the Director of the Advanced Dance Theater Group of Beverly Hills High School and has worked for various film and television productions.

Push Play"Dance is a form of expressing yourselves, which teaches you coordination and movement," she states.

Dance Habit, an award winning series of instructional dance videos, "Principles of Choreography" has won medals from The New York Film Festival, Houston Worldfest Film Festival among others awards. Her Hip Hop Kidz video, another success story in itself, was featured on CNN Showbiz Today and received excellent reviews from Billboard.

Today, Janet Roston teaches Dance Technique at West Los Angeles College. Many of her students have gone on to form their own dance companies or are dancing professionally.

Janet Roston - BroadwayWorld.Com"When you have a desire to teach dance as I do, you see the rewards of not only seeing students succeed in the dance world, but you also see how dance technique builds character in that individual, giving them confidence to take on challenges in life." That statement has led Janet Roston to be respected as one of the top choreographers in the dance world.

Tonya and Nancy: The Rock OperaJanet continues to choreograph films and television shows, along with stage productions. She created choreography for Touchtone Disney Film, "The Last Shot," starring Matthew Broderick and "How Did It Feel," starring Blair Underwood, along with Ned and Stacy, a Columbia/Tri Star, Fox Network Production, starring Thomas Hayden Church.

Whether it's directing and choreographing stage productions such as "The Color Purple," which received Best Choreography Ovation Award, or receiving awards such as "Best Choreography" from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nomination for "Once On This Island, which also received an NAACP Award Nomination for "Best Choreography, Janet Roston maintains a humbleness and genuine caring for her students. She's simply the "Boss Lady of Dance"

Projects Janet Roston is currently working on:

“The Yellow Boat”, a play being presented by Coeurage Theater Company (yes, that’s how they spell it).
Joe Colarco, Director

“Anais” a full-night work of Music/Dance/Theater about the relationship of writers Anais Nin and Henry Miller.
Music and vocals by Cindy Shapiro. “Anais” just completed a performance of the “Prologue” at the Pasadena Dance Festival.
Two new sections of “Anais” will be performed at “Dancespot” at Studio A Dance in Silverlake on May 10. The entire show will be performed in 2015.

Reading for Chance Theater in OC of the new musical “Loch Ness” written and composed by Marshall Pailet who wrote the musical “Triassic Park” that swept the Ovation Awards last year.
Reading will be May 13 at the Chance Theater.

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Pete Allman
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Photos From:
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Photos by Barry Weiss

“The Color Purple,” Celebration Theatre
Janet Roston: Choreographer

“Push Play,” Highways Performance Space
Janet Roston: Director/Choreographer

“Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera” American Repertory Theater’s Club Oberon, Boston
Janet Roston: Director/Choreographer