Janaya French
Season Season 9
Hometown Aurora, Colorado
So You Think You Can Dance Profile
Partner(s) Brandon Mitchell
Placement Top 20
All-Star Profile

Janaya Joy French was a contestant on season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. Her genre is lyrical contemporary. She was eliminated on July 18, 2012.


Janaya grew up in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from high school in 2010 and moved to California to pursue her dance career. She first started dancing at the age of 3.

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

Janaya first auditioned for season 9 in Los Angeles, California.

Main article: Season 9 performances

Meet the Top 20 (June 27, 2012)Edit

Janaya is called in to get the news of whether she's in the Top 20 or not. But before she confesses that she's a lot of ups and downs during her journey, so it'd be nice to get in the Top 20. She then receives the news that she's made it through. She dances a contemporary routine with Matthew Kazmierczak, Amelia Lowe, and Dareian Kujawa. The piece was danced to "Modern Drift" by Efterklang and choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Guest judge Zooey Deschanel praises Janaya and calls her a very athletic dancer and that even though it seemed like she wasn't going to fit in with the group in this kind of routine, she really held her own within it. Mary mentions that Janaya has been under the radar for a lot of the judges during Vegas Week, but she is totally out of the radar at the moment.

Week 1 (July 11, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must describe themselves in nine seconds. Janaya is paired up with Brandon Mitchell and assigned a hip-hop by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo to "Take Care" by Drake ft. Rihanna. Guest judge Kenny Ortega praised the choreographers and the pair, telling them that he felt the frustration, the struggle and the love of the dance. Nigel tells them that Tabitha and Napoleon smoothed it out for the pair, which he

Week 2 (July 18, 2012)Edit

Janaya and partner Brandon danced a Broadway by Sean Cheesman to "Bring on the Men" by Linda Eder. Guest judge Adam Shankman praised Cheesman for the choreography and thought the dancers played the characters very well. He also praised Janaya, telling her she did really great and she was fantastic. Nigel agrees with Shankman and told Janaya she was a lot better this week than last week. Mary tells them it was one of the most entertaining routines she's seen that night and told Janaya she did a great job.

During the results, Janaya found herself in the Bottom 6 due to her hip-hop in Week 1. After some deliberation, Janaya French was eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance.





Top 20 - Amelia Lowe, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, Matthew Kazmierczak -- SYTYCD

Top 20 - Amelia Lowe, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, Matthew Kazmierczak -- SYTYCD

Meet the Top 20 - Stacey Tookey Contemporary w/ Amelia, Matthew, Dareian

Janaya & Brandon - Hip Hop

Janaya & Brandon - Hip Hop

Top 20 - Nappytabs Hip-hop w/ Brandon

Janaya & Brandon - Broadway

Janaya & Brandon - Broadway

Top 20 - Sean Cheesman Broadway w/ Brandon


  • Janaya's worst nightmare is Chucky the Doll.