Janis is passionate about passing on her love of movement to students of all ages. Currently her focus is on teaching and encouraging dance education, developing healthy, technically proficient, artistically expressive and thinking dancers to lead into the next generation.
Janis has been involved in the Performing Arts Industry for over 40 years first beginning training in Callisthenics and figure skating, eventually moving into dance training. Janis’ teachers in the early 1970’s, were Channel Nine dancer Fayette Corlass-Brown and former Katherine Dunham dance company member, Antonio Rodriguez.
Janis also trained at Paul Hammond Studios Melbourne and in 1978, became a freelance dancer with Tasman Talent Agency (still operating today) joining a touring performing group called ‘Mr Whytes Disco Fantasy’ where dance and drama routines were displayed in various city and regional venues.
Janis joined Eve Reddish School of Dance learning Borovansky Classical Ballet, Society of Australian Teachers of Dance (SATD) completing exams and taking SATD Associate Teacher Certificate.
Janis became a foundation member of Southern Federation of Dance (SFD), taking SFD Jazz Teachers Certificate
Janis now holds many qualifications: Bachelor of General Studies with Griffiths University majoring in Law, (studying Intellectual Property Law and Copyright Law); Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries (Dance Teaching) with Queensland University of Technology; Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Media Studies) with Monash University; Diploma Certificate of Dance Teaching with ATOD; Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management; a current Certificate IV in Assessment & Training, initiating and tutoring Certificate 111 in Dance (VET in VCE) course to many East Gippsland students over a three year period for East Gippsland TAFE.
In 2016, Janis was invited to become an online assessor for Australian Dance College (ADC) in NSW.
Janis was the secretary of East Gippsland Shire Festival Committee initiating and co-organising the first Dance Eisteddfod.
Janis opened her own Dance School – Jan Pianta School of Dance in 1982. The dance methods taught are Cecchetti Classical Ballet Method, ATOD dance genres that include Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, National & Musical Theatre. Glenn Wood Tap. Over the years, JPSD students have been successful in local and Melbourne Eisteddfods, winning many championships and scholarships; with five students receiving a place at Australian Ballet ITP School in Levels 1 to 3; full time positions at Victorian College of the Arts, National Theatre Ballet School, Conservatoire of Classical Ballet and Transit Dance. Part-time positions with former Melbourne City Youth Ballet, and SCIMM and Victorian Youth Ballet.
Janis has many years’ experience and knowledge with the performing arts; attending numerous workshops and teacher conferences over the years. Janis holds an award for Choreography, choreographing for her own students, End of Year Performances, schools and theatre companies. She is a Certified Teacher of Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) with Marie Walton, has taken singing classes with former Opera Australia Member Golden Mercer and is currently with Yvonne Van Elden. In 2021 successfully completed Transit Dance & Australian Institute of Education and Training Dance Adjudicator Course.
Janis is looking forward to you making contact, to discuss the opportunity for Janis to be the Dance Adjudicator at your next Dance Eisteddfod.