“Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it.” -Janelle Ginestra
Dance is a highly expressive, yet often overlooked, art form. Yet certain performers aim to make the passion and hard work of dance shine in spite of the naysayers. JANELLE GINESTRA is one of those dancers! Whether it’s taking time out for choreographing for your favorite artist, or bringing together dancers, she is the impressive balance between molding creativity with a mixture of finesse and emotion. Kontrol had the pleasure of discovering the start of her career into dance and more.
“I started dancing at a very young age, like when I was two years old. Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it. It was never like my mom put me in it as a hobby, I told my mom at like almost 2 years old that it was what I wanted to do.”
To be passionate at such a very young age is simply amazing. Ginestra proves that she is not new to the art of dance and gives her definition on what dance means to her.
“Dance means everything! Doing it, creating it, watching it…just feels right for me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful freedoms of expression, and I think it’s amazing how we can use it to make music come to life.”
Janelle Ginestra has had the pleasure of bringing her passion and skill of dancing before a multitude of artist. You may remember her from the music video Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, where she had the joy of starring as one of the lead dancers in the video. I believe the world went crazy over this video and she shared with us her experience of how she came into the role.
“For me to get that video, it was like a small private call, and that process was not too hard to get. Once on the job you had to keep the job by having good work ethic, she (Nicki Minaj) had to be able to vibe with you, and of course every job is not like that. For Pink’s video I had to go audition with tons of people and fight people out for that job, so it’s just a trick of the trade. Sometimes it’s easy to get and sometimes it’s hard.”
For those young ladies out there aspiring to become professional dancers, Ginestra states that,
“I would give the advice to have your own identity. You don’t want to be a mock of somebody else because that person already exists. You want to have so much confidence, hunger, passion and the polish. You have to know that you are a stand out in the room and be realistic with yourself. If you’re not then you need to work you’re a$$ off to get there. If you are, then you need to keep believing in that and not mold to what other people try to make you.”
When speaking on whether she feels that the art of dance instills self-confidence? She adds that,
“I feel like any kind of person can dance; whether you are small, big, chunky, skinny, the most not attractive, attractive, it allows you to be a star in your own rights. You don’t have to be a certain way or look a certain way to be a dancer. You don’t have to move a certain way to be a star. There are like really cool contemporary people that you would never think would be a dancer but they get out and go do their thing. I think it allows you to feel confident in the person that you are and the way that you express. So if you feel nerdy at school but you walk into the dance room and you’re one of the most bad a$$ contemporary people, it allows you to shine where you may sometimes not in other areas of life.”
These are very strong words of wisdom, proving that you can still rock the stage no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. This is why Janelle Ginestra is so powerful in her gift of dance. She knows what matters and as a choreographer aims to pull out that inner baddy who can slay the stage!
After just dropping a new popping dance video titled “I Like That’, we were curious to know what else she had in store for us this year.
“Will and I are hoping to be choreographing a new movie that should be coming out soon. We are going to be doing music videos for some Chinese artists that will be coming over to the United States. We also just recently opened our new studio which is probably the biggest deal so we are going to try to make it the new amazing thing in LA where classes are held but with a different energy. We want to create something that we wish existed which is like a safe zone where people feel free to just have fun and dance.”
As you can see, dance is everything that Janelle Ginestra is made of and we are so happy to have had the pleasure to discover more about her world as a dancer!
Written & Interviewed By: Tanisha D. Davis