Hi. I’m Janelle.
I love celebrating life and all of its intricacies; culture, community, nature and the human body fascinate me. I wish to share my fascination, curiosity, joy and love through everything that I do.
Labrador City, NL, is where I spent the first 18 years of my life pondering what I wanted to “be.” Dance, education, community and therapy were deep in my heart, but I didn’t know how to manifest a life of all four, and I wasn’t even sure that it was possible. After studying music, linguistics, English and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, NL, I headed to Edmonton.
Shortly after arriving, I realized that the only hurdle to manifesting my dreams – even my wildest ones – was ME. At that point, I dove into my new life’s work – massage therapy and dance. Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Ecstatic Dance and Nia are my most practiced movement forms.
In August 2007, I earned my white belt in Nia and became a certified Nia instructor; I have been teaching ever since. Currently, I am teaching the only class in Edmonton, at City Arts Centre.
In July 2009, I graduated with a certification in massage therapy from Makami College, and have been practicing ever since.
On an ecofarm southeast of Edmonton is where I live with my shiny daughter, Alleluia Joy, and my husband, Dylan Toymaker, the artist extraordinaire.