Faculty Profile Jessica Taylor

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    Jessica Taylor


    Jessica Taylor received her degree in dance from Point Park University Dance Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has taught many different dance genres to all ages across the US including the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), Absolute Dance Grand Junction, The Pulse Performing Arts Studio, PS 307, Center of Creative Arts and UpBring Dance Company. She has choreographed for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company of Point Park University, SUNY Purchase BFA (Senior Solo), COCAdance Pre- professional Company (and its alumni), Absolute Dance Grand Junction, Squonk Opera, Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis, Purple Threads Emsemble, The Big Muddy Dance Company and Ailey/Fordham BFA (Senior Solo). Taylor has served as a member of the industry panel and as a choreographer for ADC’s Guest Artist Series in NYC, and has held workshops with the DAMAGEDANCE mission in mind at DANY Studios, Peridance Capezio Center, the Amalgamate Dance Company Summer Workshop, and through classes at the former Dance New Amsterdam. In 2010 she founded DAMAGEDANCE. Her work has been showcased in New York City at the Rover Soho, Amalgamate Artist Series, Fertile Ground at Green Space in Long Island City, Tea Dances hosted by Jody Sperling and Emily Faulkner, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, Merce Cunningham Studios, the HATCH and HATCHed Series, Edinburgh Highlights in Bryant Park, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dumbo Dance Festival, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, PS 199, Judson Church, Steps on Broadway, Dixon Place and Central Park at Summit Rock. Beyond New York, DAMAGEDANCE has been seen at The Booking Dance Festival within the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, the Spring to Dance Festival hosted by Dance St. Louis, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and the Detroit City Dance Festival.

    photo credit: Matthew Polis

    Class Description

    Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE invites dancers and audiences to view their flaws and imperfections as opportunities for individuality and growth, encouraging a self-awareness and self-reflection that provides emotional substance and motivation for movement. DAMAGEDANCE believes that great dance results from a confluence of both physical and psychological intensity and commitment: when mind and body are equally invested, meaningful, resonant dance is created.

    You will begin with a solid and empowering warm up that will take you into moving across the floor, playing with your natural improv capabilities and learning DAMAGEDANCE repertory as well as original choreography. In these athletically charged workshops you will fall, contort, connect with music, gain power in your movement and walk away appreciating your facility more.