JoAnn Jansen is one of the most sought-after creative talents working in the industry today with a multitude of credits in film, television, commercials, and music videos. Most recently, she was invited to speak at a TedX conference, discussing the specific theme of “Creativity and Passion in Leadership.”
As a choreographer, acting, speaking and performance coach as well as a producer, JoAnn has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The actors include Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Aniston, Rachel McAdams, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Antonio Banderas; producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Lawrence Bender; directors James Cameron, Ang Lee, Gore Verbinski, and Terry Gilliam; and singers Will.I.Am and Michael Bolton.
Some of the highlights of JoAnn’s career include:
Choreographing dance and movement sequences in the Academy Award winning film Rango where star Johnny Depp and a team of dancers had their movements recorded through the state of the art motion capture process. Joann has choreographed the box office hit franchise films; Pirates of the Caribbean.
Producing Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a film based largely on events from her own life. She also has the distinction of performing a duet with the legendary dancer Patrick Swayze in that film.
Frequent collaborator John Travolta has said of JoAnn, “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.”
This creativity extends to directing as well. She has been the director of two short films, as well as a large-scale opera at the Budokan Theater in Tokyo, leading an international cast of performers including the Vienna Symphony, 40 Japanese dancers, and 8 opera singers from around the world. Most recently JoAnn directed and choreographed “Dance America” for the USA Pavillion at the Shanghai world expo.
JoAnn is a member of The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.