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OCTOBER 9, 7:00pm

OCTOBER 10, 6:00pm

Owens Auditorium, BPAC, SCC



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2021-2022 DANCE SEASON

Registration accepted year-round – Sign up today!


  • PK DANCE (Ages 5-6)
  • ELEMENTARY DANCE (Beginning at age 7)

Gary Taylor Dance offers an exciting place to learn for dancers ages 5 and older and actors grade 3-12.

For dancers, age and ability appropriate classes are available at various levels of study commitments. Whether you want a class one day or week or every chance you can, there is a program for you.

Actors will find an exciting experience with Imagine Youth Theater performance-based workshops.

Gary Taylor Dance, dedicated to the promotion and practice of the performing arts, is a division of Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, a non-profit 501c-3 organization.


Our Philosophy from the Director

Ensemble Dance

For dancers who want more…

The Ensemble Dance Program offers age and ability appropriate classes in ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theater for age 7 and older. Ensemble performing members study two or more days per week and are eligible to perform in the annual Nutcracker and Spring productions along with special events, festivals, and conferences. This program also offers a Summer Intensive with a conservatory-style curriculum based on the same philosophy.  Placement auditions are encouraged for new students.

Studio Dance

Studio Dance classes meet one day a week and feature a special themed end-of-season performance.

PK Dance, ages 5-6, a division of Studio Dance, is a program specifically focused on the preschool and early elementary years for ages 3 through first grade. The PK Dance summer program offers classes and themed camps.

For Elementary (beginning at age 7), the Studio Dance program also offers ballet, jazz, and tap classes with a special end-of-the-year performance. This studio program also offers a summer curriculum.


Imagine Youth Theater (IYT) (Gr 8-12) offers performance based musical theater workshops featuring IYT Jr (Gr 3-7) along with a Summer Stock workshop program.

Ensemble Dance

SEASON 2021-2022

Aug 9, 2021 – Jun 10, 2022

For the dancer who wants more.

Ballet, Pointe, Variation

Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Contemporary

Tap, Musical Theater and more!

Ensemble dance training is based on a broad spectrum of movement rooted in classical training outlined for optimum advancement.  Classes are offered both in studio and on-line interactively. Dancers train a minimum of 2-4 days per week with a conservatory style curriculum featuring a daily Ballet/Pointe class and at least one of the following:  Variation, Jazz/Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theater. (age and ability appropriate).  Dancers new to the program, (age 7 and older), with be evaluated for proper and most beneficial program placement.  Faculty is diverse, rotational, and includes featured guest artists.

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Studio Dance


  • PK DANCE for Ages 5-6 (Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement)
  • DANCE INSTRUCTION for Elementary (Ballet, Jazz, and Tap)
  • 2021-2022 SEASON Aug 9, 2021 – Jun 10, 2022
  • SUMMER CLASSES 4 weeks – Jun 13- Jul 8, 2022

These classes meet one day per week, and registration is accepted year-round but early registration is encouraged for optimal schedule choices.  Each season concludes with a special production themed especially for the Studio dance program members.  A 4-week summer session is also offered.

FACULTY:  Carol Johnson, Emily Carson

REGISTRATION:  Accepted year-round

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Imagine Youth Theater


Grades 8 – 12

Performances Oct 9-10

Owens Auditorium, BPAC, SC



Aug 31- Nov 11, Grade 3 and up Performances, Nov 12 & 14, The Pergola, Village Arboretum

Imagine Youth Theater is a workshop based musical theater program offering several performance workshops per season, and a 3-week Summer Stock workshop. Casting auditions are held prior to the workshops which typically meet twice a week.  (All who audition will be cast.)  Students study acting, singing, blocking, and choreography specific to the production.

The program offers two divisions:

Imagine Youth Theater offers workshops for grades 8-12, One Acts workshops, and Summer Stock (*Age 18 and under, recent graduates welcome)

Imagine Youth Theater Jr offers workshops for grades 3 and up and Summer Stock.

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Performed December 17 and 19, 2020 at the High Point Theater


November 26, 7:30pm, November 27 & 28, 2:00pm, Owens Auditorium, BPAC, SCC

A family favorite of the season! Choreography is by award-winning Artistic Director, Gary Taylor. Sets are by award-winning designer, Howard Jones. Original costumes are designed by Executive Director and Founder Rita Taylor.

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Nutcracker Student Performance Scheduled to Return Nov 23, 2021 (TBD)

The Student Performance Series program is designed to be an interactive arts resource for instructors to enrich their students’ exposure to the performing arts.  Performances are offered for a special price.  This is a dramatic reduction of over 70% off general admission ticket prices to show our commitment to making the performing arts available for every young person. The average show length is one hour.  As an added benefit to educators, classroom teachers and assistants receive complimentary tickets. (Limit 2 per classroom.)

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