About this Artist
Jannet Galdamez (she/her/ella) is a dance artist born, raised, and based in South East Los Angeles, CA. Her love for dance and music began at a very young age through social, street, family settings.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in Education from the University of California Irvine June of 2012 training intensively in jazz, improvisation, modern and ballet. She has been studying Salsa and Afro-Cuban dance, music, and culture for over a decade and a half and she continues to dive deep in her studies of various dance forms inside the Latin and African Diaspora along with a consistent drumming, song and vocal practice.
Jannet has danced with Paula Abdul, Spanish Rock Band Mana, Prince Royce, Keaira LaShea's Dance Fitness Series, Maite Perroni, El Dasa, Luis Coronel, Chiquis Rivera, Ozomatli, La Sonora Santanera from Mexico City, Los Angeles based Cuban Roots Band Changui Majadero, Quitapenas, Chicano Band Las Cafeteras, and the 2017 ON YOUR FEET Broadway Musical Promo Cast. She also volunteered and worked closely as a teaching artist and behind the scenes with The Floor Improv Night and The Open Floor Society, a 501 (c) non profit organization connecting the youth with a community of professional artists, engaging in multi-cultural dance and music, using improvisation to build confidence and self empowerment.
Jannet is CONTRA-TIEMPO’s rehearsal director and director of programming. She is also simultaneously dancing with Kimbambula Cuban Dance and Music Ensemble directed by Kati Hernandez, touring with Spanish Guitarist Roni Benise’s Emmy Award Winning World Music and Dance Spectacular, and is a Teacher in Training with Embodiology, a methodology developed by Dr. S. Ama Wray that originates from ancestral West African principles of human communication and performance practices where movement, language, and music combine.
Jannet continues to blossom in her versatility as a dance artist, always grounded with the beat of the drum, and with deep gratitude and respect for her teachers, mentors, and elders. She is passionate about her journey - a journey guided by love, balance, connection, gratitude and rooted in celebrating and uplifting cultural and ancestral roots, community-building, personal growth and self-discovery through dance.