Gary Taylor Dance offers an exciting place to learn for dancers ages 3 and older and actors grade 2-12.

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 and Imagine Broadway.

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.


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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 grades 2 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.

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Studio Dance

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

PK Dance, ages 3-6, a division of Studio Dance, is a program specifically focused on the preschool and early elementary years for ages 3 through first grade.

For elementary and middle school students, the Studio Dance program also offers ballet, jazz, tap classes with a special end-of-the-year performance.

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Imagine Youth Theater offers performance based musical theater workshops for Grades 2-7 and 8-12 featuring the Imagine Broadway Program (new).

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Ensemble Dance

For the dancer who wants more.

Ensemble dance training is based on a broad spectrum of movement rooted in classical training outlined for optimum advancement.  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, (grades 2 and up) with be evaluated for proper and most beneficial program placement.  Faculty is diverse, rotational, and includes featured guest artists.

PERFORMING MEMBERS:  Taylor Dance’s Ensemble Performing Member program is a pre-professional program for the diversified dancer who wants more training and performance opportunities including The Nutcracker.  Dancers train a minimum of 2-4 days per week with a conservatory style format with additional rehearsals outside the scheduled classroom environment.

From the most classical to the most contemporary dancer, our mission is to create strong dancers who are highly technical, can perform with confidence and experience, and possess the assuredness to brave the current world of dance.

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Studio Dance

Studio Dance features PK Dance for ages 3-6 and instruction for elementary and middle school grades.  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 annually.

FACULTY:  Carol Johnson, India Green

REGISTRATION:  $50 per season (Accepted year-round)

PRODUCTION:  Saturday, June 15, 10:30am, Robert E. Lee Auditorium

CURRENT SEASON:  August 13, 2018- June 15, 2019

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019:  June 17-July 12, 2019


PK DANCE For ages 3-6

A one-hour class that meets once a week featuring ballet, tap, creative movement and tumbling tailored to young attention spans and motor skill development.

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Ballet, Jazz, and Tap (one day per week)


Ballet, Jazz, and Tap (one day per week)

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Imagine Youth Theater

SHREK JR.  WORKSHOP now in session Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30

Imagine Youth Theater is a workshop based musical theater program offering three performance workshops per season, (fall, winter and spring) and a 2-week summer stock workshop open to grades 2-7 and grades 8-12.  Casting auditions are held prior to the workshops which meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students study acting, singing, blocking, and  choreography specific to the production.

David Lussier, Director

Carol Johnson, program coordinator and choreographer.

Fall Workshop 18 Grades 2-7 and 8-12: Shrek, Jr.

Winter Workshop 19 Grades 2-7:  Matagascar Jr,

Spring Workshop 19 Grades 2-7:  Bugsy Malone, Jr.

Spring Workshop 19 Grades 8-12:  Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.

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November 23-25, 2018, Robert E Lee Auditorium –


While on-line sales have closed, tickets for the Sunday Matinee are still available at the door!

A family favorite of the season, Taylor Dance Nutcracker performs Thanksgiving weekend. Choreography is by award-winning Artistic Director, Gary Taylor. Sets are by award-winning designer, Howard Jones. Original costumes are designed by artistic director and founder Rita Taylor. The weekend features three full length performances for all ages.

Tickets and Performance Information

Nutcracker Student Performance Series, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00am

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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