Where I'm From
I grew up in Modesto, Illinois. It's a small farming town of about 300 people in Central Illinois.
My Dance Training
I trained from the age of three at a local studio called Tracy's Dance Techniques. At Tracy's I learned jazz, ballet, tap, and tumbling. I went to college at Illinois State University where I trained in modern, jazz, and ballet. I've recently been training in house dance, tricking, and Parkour from some awesome instructors at Bklyn Beast, which is actually where my video was filmed. Thanks Yahya :)
My Dance Experience
I've performed with Pilobolus Creative Services for a few different things. I have also worked with Julie Tice, Sara Semonis, and Pamela Walden. My choreography was chosen to represent Illinois State University at the American College Dance Festival in 2012 and 2013.
Other Work Experience
waitress, production manager, stage manager, stagehand, truck driver, dance and tumbling assistant
Music I Warm Up To
It depends on what kind of show I'm performing for, but most of the time it is something upbeat like dub step or Backstreet Boys :)
A Cool Place I Visited While Dancing on a Tour
I had the opportunity to go to Abu Dhabi on tour recently. I performed in the Emirates Palace and everything was decorated in gold. There was literally a vending machine for 24k gold bars in the lobby.
My Favorite Rehearsal Snack
Other Passions & Interests
I have recently been getting into Parkour, tricking, tumbling, and house dancing. I also enjoy writing, crafting, and sewing.
Why do you dance?
I dance for two reasons. I love movement and I love storytelling. I enjoy being active and finding new ways to move my body. I also feel that telling stories is an important part of life. I believe that every movement has a story so with every new movement I generate or style I learn, there is an opportunity for a new story. I love sharing my ideas and thoughts. I find that sometimes the best way is through movement.
What do you love about dancing?
I love dance because I know it is something I will never master. There will always be a new style to learn and there is always room for improvement. It's not like a video game that you win and its over: it's a lifelong process that has endless opportunities.
What's the hardest part of being a dancer?
For me, the hardest part about being a dancer is explaining what I do to others. Many people don't know just how many types of dance there are so it makes it hard to describe my specific movement vocabulary at times. I am so very thankful that we now have technology at our fingertips and we are able to show people what we do.
Taylor Jo Oxley