Janene Wyatt

Dance Development Team Leader (Children)

janene@dancefest.co.uk

Janene has been leading contemporary and creative dance classes across Herefordshire over the past 14 years, working extensively with children, young people and adults of all ages and abilities in community settings and in education.

Janene’s main passion and focus is the development and teaching of dance for children and young people which includes designing and leading CPD sessions and INSET and support for teachers.

Janene delivers the majority of Dancefest’s regular classes for children, young people and adults in Hereford and manages both Elevate Youth Dance Company and Elevate Junior Youth Dance Company for talented dancers, leading sessions in contemporary technique, performance and choreography. Since Elevate started in 2012 many dancers have graduated and gained places at major London dance schools including Trinity Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Middlesex University. Janene also choreographs for DFA (Dancefest Adults) performance projects and revels in the challenges site specific choreography brings!

Starting dance at the age of 3, Janene learnt ballet, tap and disco as well as competing heavily in Latin American dancing! Her passion for dance led into a BTEC Performing Arts course (distinction) and a degree in Contemporary Arts (major Dance) at Manchester Metropolitan University where she studied Contemporary and Community Dance, alongside gaining experience in dance opportunities for people with disabilities.

She is a founder member of Angel Dance Co Lab, whose performances include Infirmary ii, a piece of contemporary choreography for Nurture, a performance that marked the transition of Worcester Royal Hospital to becoming part of the University of Worcester.

In 2012 Janene was also involved in 3 Cultural Olympiad projects across the Midlands as a dance artist and performer, including being a founder member of Off Shoot Dance, a touring dance company for Herefordshire's largest Cultural Olympiad project in 2012, HR1, led bt 2Faced Dance Company, and being part of Dancefest's 12 Moves.

Janene is looking forward to her new role as Dance Development Leader (Children) and continues to commit time and energy to making sure as many children and young people as possible access positive dancing experiences.