Gary Taylor Dance Ensemble Spring Performance

MAY 21 & 22, 7:30PM

James W Tufts Memorial Park

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PK and Studio Dance Spring Performance

MAY 21, 3:00PM

James W Tufts Memorial Park

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Imagine Youth Theater Highlights

MAY 23, 3:00PM

James W Tufts Memorial Park

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  • PK DANCE (Ages 4-5)

Gary Taylor Dance offers an exciting place to learn for dancers ages 4 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.

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 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. 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 4-5, 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 (Gr 1 and up), 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) offers performance based musical theater workshops featuring IYT Jr beginning at Grade 2 along with a Summer Stock workshop program.

Ensemble Dance


Performances May 21 & 22, 7:30pm

James W Tufts Memorial Park

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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.  Classes are offered both in studio under current NC Directives 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, (grades 1 and up) with be evaluated for proper and most beneficial program placement.  Faculty is diverse, rotational, and includes featured guest artists.

2020-2021 SEASON ENSEMBLE CLASSES august 17 – JUNE 11th
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2021 SUMMER INTENSIVE DAY CAMP(4 WEEKS) JUNE 14- JULY 9, fEATURING SUPER SUMMER and dance for musical theater intensive
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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.

Auditions February 28, Gary Taylor Dance Studios.

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Studio Dance


James W Tufts Memorial Park

TICKETS: Purchased through TUTUTIX

PHONE: 855-222-2TIX (2849) select Option 5.

ON LINE: $25/$18 + Tax & Fees (Available on line until one hour prior to show)

AT THE DOOR: $29/$22

A delightful afternoon, “practically perfect in every way”, as our young dancers celebrate some of their favorite Broadway moments.  “Step in Time” as the Gary Taylor Dance professionals and ensemble dancers join in on the fun too.

A note about the performance: Due to NC COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, ticket sales are limited to a total of 200 tickets, general seating. Seating anyone using a seat must have a ticket.


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, India Green

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

CLASSES:  August 17, 2020 – June 12, 2021

PRODUCTION:  Spring 2021 – watch for details coming soon!

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Imagine Youth Theater

IYT Jr. Spring Workshop, Carol Johnson Director

May 15, 7pm and May 16, 2pm & 5pm

Village Arboretum Pergola Garden

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IYT Spring Musical Theater Workshop, Clifton Samuels Director
June 12 & 13

Owens Auditorium

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Jul 12- Aug 1

ROCK OF AGES High School Edition (Gr 8-12) Auditions: Jun 1 & 3 – Now open for sign up!


DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS, The Musical (Gr 2-7) Auditions: Jun 1 & 3 – Now open for sign up!

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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 offering workshops for upper grades, One Acts workshops, and Summer Stock (*Age 18 and under, recent graduates welcome)

Imagine Youth Theater Jr offering workshops beginning at Grade 2 and Summer Stock


Program and Workshop Directors and Staff

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


Thank you to all who joined us for the first ever Gary Taylor Dance Covid Compliant, Live Streamed Nutcracker for 2020!

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 artistic director and founder Rita Taylor.

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Nutcracker Student Performance Returns 2021

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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