In the last 38 years, Janet has performed as a featured dancer with several dance companies, choreographed, directed, trained dancers and dance movement therapists; and designed professional training and degree programs at undergraduate and Master’s level. She has presented workshops, annual training and master classes throughout Great Britain, Europe, the US, Canada, and in India. In her early career, she was Co-founder and Dance Editor for In-Step with the Performing Arts of New York, the first tabloid in New York City to specifically utilize professional dancers as dance critics. Later, as Founder/Director of New Orleans Repertory Dance Theatre she presented her own and nationally-recognized choreographers’ original works in collaboration with independent musician/composers, visual artists, and the New Orleans Symphony Chorale.
Janet began teaching in higher education in 1987, while continuing to perform with Peter Madden’s Dance Process, and The Forrest Collection, as well as choreographing and directing her own work. In 1995, she moved to London, UK where she became full time faculty at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (formerly Laban Centre, London). She then collaboratively designed the MA degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London, spear-heading the program as its first Course Leader.
Janet designed and directed the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS®) Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) intensive training at York University, Toronto and presented subsequent Certificated programs in Laban Movement Analysis at Ryerson University, Toronto, and Burnaby Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC as the Founder/Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International (LSSI).
Janet’s LSSI Certificate programs in Movement Analysis and BodyMind Practice are an approved program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Prior to designing and directing LSSI’s programs, Janet taught as core faculty on CMA programs at University of Maryland, College Park, and at the University of Quebec at Montreal. In addition to being a Certified Movement Analyst, Janet is also a registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), a Senior Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (ADMP, UK), and a Movement Pattern Analyst (Motus Humanus).
While in London from 1995-2004, Janet developed and established the first somatically-based Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis Courses, and Experiential Anatomy and Technique syllabi used as Fundamental Skills in Trinity-Laban’s Dance Theatre BA training. She also created the first integrative LMA/BF course model used as a core teaching component in the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK.
In addition to international recruitment workshops for Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, Janet has presented on-going somatic LMA/BF workshops for faculty and students in London, Carmarthen, Paris, Bratislava, Zagreb, Warsaw, Hvar, and Prague – where she provides annual professional development and training for dancers and dance therapists. In India, Janet presented BF and Contemporary Technique training for dancers at the Shankar Centre for Performing Arts, Calcutta; and co-designed dance therapy workshops for NGO workers sponsored by a British Council development project in Bengal, India.
Janet received her Masters of Arts with distinction in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, UK. Publications include “The Phenomenological Body and Analytical Psychology” in the academic Jungian Journal, Harvest; "Imagination and the Mundus Imaginalis" in Spring: Journal of Archetype and Culture, Philosophy and Psychology Issue; “Anima and Animus Embodied” in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, Taylor and Francis; and “Phenomenology and Movement Observation” and “Shape as Lived Movement” in international Dance Therapy quarterlies.
Most recently, Janet has studied Equine Hanna Somatics with Eleanor Criswell Hanna, and is Board member and faculty of The Kerulos Center which advocates for animal self-determination while pioneering the field of trans-species psychology through the work of Ecologist and Depth Psychologist Dr. Gay Bradshaw. In 2013, Janet designed pilot training workshops Being with Animals, and Perceiving the Unspoken, which were presented in the Czech Republic. She is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Bradshaw entitled “Union: being with other animals” which includes the movement components of inter-species relationships.
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