Joann Jansen
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JoAnn Jansen is one of the most sought-after creative talents working the the industry today.  As a choreographer & movement coach, she most recently collaborated with David Ayer on his film End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Gore Verbinski on Rango with Johnny Depp, and Ang Lee on Taking Woodstock.  She also worked with Vince Vaughn & Reese Witherspoon on Four Christmases, with Isla Fisher & Hugh Dancy on Confessions of a Shopaholic, with Paz Vega on The Spirit for director Frank Miller, with director Jerry Zaks on the film Who Do You Loveand with Will.I.Am on his video Heartbreaker.  JoAnn worked hand in hand with Rachel McAdams as a movement coach on The Time Traveler's Wife and The Lucky Ones. JoAnn recently directed and choreographed Dance America for the Shanghia Wold Expo at the USA Pavillion. She is now in development with Hallett Lane Pictures to direct the feature film Greed and Dreams.

And for television, she recently worked on the fox series I hate my teenage daughter and Lifetime's State of Mind. Other recent choreography work includes Death in Love with Josh Lucas and Adam Brody, directed by Boaz Yakin; Meet Bill with Jessica Alba & Logan Lerman and Houndog starring Dakota Fanning.  She recently collaborated with director Danny Devito on  Splatter Cuts - a series of internet filmsCommercially, she just completed a Boniva campaign with Sally Field, She did a sizzling new international Kay's Jewelry campaign with director Peter Chelsom, a new special effects spot for Chandon and a  Honda commercial for Japan - all three featuring many of the most highly acclaimed competition ballroom couples.  Other choreography credits include Take The Lead, Lonely Hearts, Elizabethtown, In Her Shoes, Rumor Has It, Emmy nominated  “Mrs Harris”, Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Shall We Dance, Havana Nights-Dirty Dancing, Pirates of the Caribbean, Along Came Polly, Uptown Girls, Remember The Titans, The Mexican, Lucky Numbers, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and What Dreams May Come. In television, she has choreographed numerous shows including Twins & Charmed for the WB and the Lifetime series Strong Medicine produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Other television work includes two episodes of  X-Files, one directed by David Duchovny and another by the show's creator, Chris Carter. Her credits also include numerous commercials including the Target Design campaign. 

JoAnn started in film production as a leading member of the creative team for A Band Apart Films. As an independent producer, she has co-produced several projects with Lawrence Bender including Havana Nights–Dirty Dancing starring Diego Luna, A Price Above Rubies starring Renee Zellweger, and was associate producer on Fresh starring Samuel L. Jackson and White Man's Burden starring John Travolta.

Directorially, in addition to developing the film Greed and Dreams, JoAnn is currently pitching the hip slasher flick Fear No Evil.  Other recent work includes directing the film trailer for the upcoming feature film, Dancin’ on the Edge for producer Jonathan Krane. She has directed two critically acclaimed short films, The Whiskey Heir starring Frances Fisher and produced by Lawrence Bender, and Angel of the Odd, which was singled out for an award at the Canadian International Film Festival. JoAnn also directed the music video that appears in the film Uptown Girls starring Dakota Fanning and Brittany Murphy. In the live arena she has directed and choreographed A Tribute to Mozart at the Budokan Theater with The Vienna Symphony, Pearl of Havana for the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation, and Sally Kellerman's one woman show Something Kool

Recognized for her gift to extract the very best out of a performer, she has been honored to work as an acting coach on several major features.  Most recently she worked with director Tom Vaughn on Extraordinary Measures and Miguel Arteta on Youth in Revolt.  She as also worked with director Bob Shaye on Mimzy and Freedom Writers with director, Richard LaGravanese.  Other features utilizing her abilities have included Indian In The Cupboard for director Frank Oz and A Price Above Rubies and Fresh for Boaz Yakin.

JoAnn is well-known for her remarkable rapport with actors. She has the ability to tune in to each actor's unique creative process, enabling the actor to access the movement inherent to the physicality of the character. Of JoAnn, John Travolta said, "She is like a chameleon. She can cross-reference dances throughout history and come up with just the right movement that suits the character and the film. She is brilliant."