Alumni Profile: Janaye Upshaw
Performing Dance Arts, the top dance studio in Woodbridge, has always prided itself on producing some of the best dancers in Canada, and Janaye Upshaw is no exception. Since taking lessons at our studio, she’s gone on to work with some of the top choreographers and entertainers in the business.
From the age of two, Upshaw has been entertaining crowds, starting with her family in her parents’ living room. Her mother immediately recognized that her daughter was a star in the making and enrolled her in her first lessons at the age of three. Her love of dance and passion allowed her to excel, and at the age of six, she began training in a variety of dance disciplines that included ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, and acrobatics.
By the time she turned eight, Upshaw was dancing with the Junior Raptors Dance Pak and taking part in dance competitions around North America. She made the transition from the stage to the screen at age 12, dancing in Bella Dancerella instructional DVDs.
Since graduating from Performing Dance Arts’ dance studio in Woodbridge, Upshaw has gone on to a number of achievements, such as Miss Teen Can-Dance, Miss Teen MLDMA Dancer of the Year, Senior Dancer of the Year from the New York City Dance Alliance, and an International Model and Talent Association scholarship.
In addition to these achievements, Upshaw ‘s talents as a dancer have led to her working with some of the top entertainers, choreographers, and dancers in the business. She worked with Shawn Desmond, Keshia Chanté, and Blake McGrath for a So You Think You Can Dance commercial, as well as with Amy Reid on the Bella Dancerella DVDs, Get Up ‘n Move, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, The LA Complex, and Made: The Movie. She also worked with Trey Armstrong on Turn the Beat Around.
Some of Upshaw’s other credits include a spot for GO Transit’s PRESTO passes, Baxter, and Life With Derek.
Upshaw is a true triple threat as an actor, singer, and dancer. She’s presently working on her vocals with Demitri Machnine, and even though she has all this happening in her life, she still finds time to be a mom.
At Performing Dance Arts, we pride ourselves on creating the superstar dancers of tomorrow at our dance studio in Woodbridge. Just look at everything that Upshaw has achieved since leaving our hallowed halls. Imagine what we can do for your child!
You can follow Janaye Upshaw on Twitter @janayee.
Curious about trying a recreational dance program to see how your child enjoys it? Our recreational dance classes i… https://t.co/vv5NlE9YyFFollow
At Performing Dance Arts, we will help your child develop higher self-esteem, better coordination, discipline, crea… https://t.co/sQbCICcc2VFollow
Want your child to improve their scores at a dance competition? Here are some things that judges look for at dance… https://t.co/X6qfE0IrInFollow
Looking for a fun activity for your preschooler? We offer Pre-Jazz, Pre-Ballet, Pre-Tap, Pre-Acro and a Pre-Combo c… https://t.co/gFvtIp6FV4Follow
Here are some important tips for you and your child to remember. With all the kids’ dance classes we’ve taught, we… https://t.co/m9WdG3MCq6Follow
Established in 1986, Performing Dance Arts has become a reliable name for high-quality dance training at both the r… https://t.co/c4i5jUCh0iFollow
Dance has several benefits for kids and can actually help improve their performance in school. Here are a few reaso… https://t.co/eiykGMoj7uFollow
The Performing Dance Arts Full-Time Competitive Program is a demanding and rigorous program offering the highest ca… https://t.co/ex2XJIGViAFollow
Tap dance lessons have physical, social, and mental advantages that can help your kids start living healthy, succes… https://t.co/IrYGfURZ5QFollow
Performing Dance Arts offers children between the ages of three and five a chance to get involved in our dance less… https://t.co/XHEEPOYaDBFollow
Does your child enjoy doing cartwheels and can’t seem to sit still? Register in our acro dance lessons and let your… https://t.co/GpXqc35GdIFollow
The best dancers in the world are often the most flexible. And flexibility comes with improving the range of motion… https://t.co/3SapNEslpGFollow
Our dress code and professional environment teach children discipline, and they will become responsible for their u… https://t.co/zDf1YBlC86Follow