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Gary Taylor Dance offers on-line interactive classes and special day camps to all currently enrolled students in compliance with the Governor’s Phase 2 Directives.

SUMMER AT GARY TAYLOR DANCE

  • PK DANCE (Ages 3-5) Returns August 10
  • ELEMENTARY DANCE Returns August 10
  • ENSEMBLE DANCE INTENSIVE DAY CAMP June 15 -July 10
  • SUPER SUMMER ENSEMBLE INTENSIVE DAY CAMP June 15-July 10
  • IMAGINE YOUTH THEATER JR SUMMER STOCK Jul 13-25
  • IMAGINE YOUTH THEATER SUMMER STOCK Jul 13-26

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.

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.

DANCE

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.

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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. The PK Dance summer program offers classes and themed camps.

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For elementary and middle school students, 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.

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MUSICAL THEATER

Imagine Youth Theater (IYT) offers performance based musical theater workshops for Grades 2-7 and 8-12 featuring the Imagine Broadway Program (new).  IYT features a Summer Stock, 2-week workshop program.

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Ensemble Dance

ENSEMBLE DANCE: ( L2, L1C, L1B, L1A) A full line of classes for all currently enrolled ensemble dance students continue in an on-line interactive environment in answer to the Governor’s State Wide Stay at Home directives. Thank you.

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.

2019-2020 SEASON ENSEMBLE CLASSES CONTINUE THROUGH JUNE 11TH
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2020 SUMMER INTENSIVE DAY CAMP(4 WEEKS) JUNE 15- JULY 10, fEATURING SUPER SUMMER
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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.

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Studio Dance

STUDIO DANCE FEATURES

  • PK DANCE for Ages 3-6 (Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement)
  • DANCE INSTRUCTION for Elementary and Middle School Grades (Ballet, Jazz, and Tap)

Returns August 10, 2020!

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. (returning 2021)

FACULTY:  Carol Johnson, India Green

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

CLASSES:  Return August 10, 2020

PRODUCTION:  June 2021

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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ELEMENTARY

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATER

For Middle/High School Students (one day per week)

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Imagine Youth Theater

Imagine Youth Theater is a workshop based musical theater program offering several performance workshops per season and a 2-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 Grades 7-12* and Summer Stock 2020 (*Age 18 and under, recent graduates welcome)

Imagine Youth Theater Jr offering workshops for Grades 2-7 and Summer Stock 2020

MEET THE STAFF

Program and workshop directors and staff

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Nutcracker

Returns November 27-29, 2020

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.

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Nutcracker Student Performance Series November 24, 2020

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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Sensory Friendly Performance, November 25, 2020

With a show length of approximately one hour, this Sensory Friendly Performance is open to adults, children, and families with special and sensory needs and offered at a special price.

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