Janet was born and raised in Indiana. She began studying dance at age 7 to recover from an illness which kept her bedridden for two years and found a lifelong passion. She studied tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics and while she enjoys it all, she has a particular love for tap. She performed frequently during her childhood and on a professional level in the Chicago area during her late teens and early twenties.
Janet co-owned a dance, aerobics and gymnastics studio in Mesa for 12 years, where she taught dance and fitness classes evenings and weekends while working at her full-time job as an Administrative Officer with the U. S. Department of Justice. She retired 12 years ago in order to spend more time doing what she enjoys most—choreographing and teaching dance and fitness classes.
Janet is gold-certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and teaches various fitness formats, including cardio/strength, cardio/dance, step, barre, stretch and Zumba. She also currently teaches tap and musical theater jazz classes.
Janet has a wonderful and extremely supportive husband, Ken; a beautiful daughter, AJ; a handsome son-in-law, Seth; and two terrific grandchildren, Miles 6 and Lily 3.
Janet is proud to have been a part of AFTC’s creative team since the beginning, choreographing the musical productions of Nunsense, Young Frankenstein, 9 to 5: The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Title of Show, Gypsy, South Pacific, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Guys and Dolls. She considers the opportunity to work with Jan, Garth, John Luke and the many talented, dedicated actors and behind the scenes persons one of the greatest joys of her life.