About

AT A GLANCE

Gary Taylor Dance, home of Imagine Youth Theater offers an exciting place to learn for dancers ages 5 and older and actors grade 3-12.

DANCE

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

IMAGINE YOUTH THEATER

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


IMAGINE YOUTH THEATER

IYT (Gr 8-12) –

Kim Fielder-Jones Director,
Elizabeth Shafer Music Director

PERFORMANCES: Oct 22, 8pm and Oct 23, 3pm, Owens Auditoirum, BPAC, SCC

WINTER WORKSHOP 2023

IYT JR (Gr 3-7)

David Lussier Director/Music Director

PERFORMANCES: November 11


GARY TAYLOR DANCE

TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1 – ALL Performances at Owens Auditorium, BPAC, SCC

FULL FEATURE PERFORMANCES

Fri, Nov 25, 7:30pm

Sat, Nov 26, 2:00pm

Sun, Nov 17, 2:00pm

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SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

Sat, Nov 26, 10:30am

Presented in a one act, adapted format for adults, children, and families with special needs.

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TICKETS – All Performances

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2022-2023 SEASON OF DANCE

AUGUST – MID JUNE Register any time!

ENSEMBLE DANCE

Age 7 and Older

Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Master Classes

STUDIO DANCE

PK Dance Ages 5-6

Elementary Dance Age 7 and older

DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATER

Gr 4-7 and 8-12

Jazz and Tap for Musical Theater Students/Actors


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.

Home of

Ensemble Dance

2022-2023 SEASON Aug 1, 2022 – Jun 9, 2023

2023 SUMMER INTENSIVE Jun 12 – Jul 8, 2023

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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IYT At A Glance

FALL 2022 WORKSHOPS

IYT JR FALL 2022 WORKSHOP (Gr 3-7)

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IMAGINE YOUTH THEATER: DREAM IT, LIVE IT

IYT Winter Workshop: SWEET CHARITY


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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Studio Dance

STUDIO DANCE FEATURES

PK DANCE for ages 5-6 (Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement)

ELEMENTARY beginning at age 7 (Ballet, Jazz, and Tap)


2022-2032 STUDIO DANCE SEASON Aug 15. 2022 – Jun 9, 2023

2023 SUMMER CLASSES 4 weeks – Jun 12- Jul 7, 2023 – Interested students please inquire

PK DANCEELEMENTARYREG SEASONSUMMER 23
Ages 5-6
Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement
Beginning at age 7
Ballet, Jazz, and Tap
Regular Season Studio classes begin the week of Aug 15th4 Weeks
Jun 12- Jul 7
Interested students please inquire

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:  Emily Carson, Mandi Taylor

REGISTRATION:  Accepted year-round

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A Holiday Tradition

Photo by Gary Taylor Photography

Clara has a story to tell you about her beloved magical Nutcracker, a gift from Heir Drosselmeyer during a special holiday party. Join her on her magical journey to escape the Battle of the Toy Rats and Soldiers, and journey through the land of Snow to the Land of the Sweets.

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