Choreographer Aliya Janell Is Serving Moves In 5-Inch Heels to Your Favorite Hip-Hop Hits
Dancer Aliya Janell is an internet sensation with her spunky choreography to hip-hop songs while wearing high heels. Each week on Instagram, Aliya posts video clips of her class titled "Queens N' Lettos." The Los Angeles native gained a following after her videos went viral. She shakes what her mama gave her confidently and inspires women to do the same and have fun in her classes.
Her dance videos are raking in the viewers, with almost one million views in a couple of days. Celebrities Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Tank have reached out to the dancer to sing her praises for bringing their songs to life.
If Aliya looks familiar, it's because she was featured alongside Nicki Minaj in her music video teaser for "Chun Li" back in April. Aliya worked with Nicki on the music video after the New York rapper saw one of her routines on social media.
"When you click on the link in my bio, you'll see me with my new baby @thealiyajanell who I saw dancing to itty bitty piggy one day & fell in love with her," Nicki wrote in a caption. The Real #ChunLi video DOES NOT look like what you'll see when you click the link!!!! But after 2 days of filming, around 5am when my whole team & crew were TIRED AF, I asked her to FREESTYLE with me & this is what happened."
The two battled each other in the video wearing space buns and leather. At the end, they embraced one another to show it's all love between them.
Her latest dance routine is to Pardison Fontaine ft. Cardi B's club anthem, "Backin' It Up." It caught the attention of the outspoken Bronx rapper herself and she reposted it on her Instagram page.
Aliya started dancing at a young age. It was difficult for her mom to pick her up on time after school dismissed so she was put in an after-school program. Luckily enough, the program offered dance classes. Aliya became consumed with dancing and she spent time perfecting her craft.
Aliya decided to make dancing a career after high school. When she was 18, she attended a heels class at Millennium Dance Complex that changed her life. It was a hip-hop class where all the ladies danced in heels. She didn't know a class like that even existed.
"I started taking that class and I realized what the choreographer was doing and how she was living her life dancing every single day, choreographing, creating, and having all of these women behind her. She was actually making a living off of this. I wanted to become just like her" Aliya explained in an interview.
Flash forward a couple years later, the 24-year-old created her own class “Queens N’ Lettos.” Ladies who sign up for the class are instructed to bring heels and confidence to the studio. Aliya creates her choreography with everyone in mind, not just professional dancers like herself.
“My choreography is literally me and my assistant who is actually now my best friend. It comes from us free-styling in my apartment gym and just not giving a care in the world,” Janell stated in an interview. “It’s just fun for us. It’s just an organic process.”
Another video of Aliya’s that went viral was her routine to Drake’s “In My Feelings.” While she’s dancing, it looks like the music is running through her. It’s effortless and she adds attitude to every step. Check out her routine below that was viewed by 10 million on YouTube.
In September, Aliya launched the "QNLTour2018,” a eight city tour so she can bring her dance moves to thousands of supporters.
On a daily basis, Aliya sets out to encourage all women to be great and to believe in all they bring to the table.
“There’s room for everybody at the top. Everybody has their own lane. Just because she made it doesn’t mean you won’t. Her path is different and so is her story.”
Follow Aliya on her Instagram @thealiyajanell to see all her latest dance routines.
Would you ever take a “Queens N’ Lettos” dance class? Let us know in the comments!