Michael Novak is the Artistic Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. He was appointed by company founder Paul Taylor, who said: “Over the past decade, Michael has mastered our repertory and steeped himself in dance history. He understands the need to nurture the past, present and future of modern dance. I look forward to… READ MORE
Dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance that he has helped define since he became a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. After 60 years as Artistic Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, he blazed a new trail in 2014 by establishing… READ MORE
Paul Taylor, one of the most accomplished artists this nation has ever produced, continues to shape America’s homegrown art of modern dance as he has since becoming a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. Having performed with Martha Graham’s company for several years, Mr. Taylor uniquely bridges the legendary founders of modern dance – Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey and Ms. Graham – and the dance makers of the 21st Century with whom he is now working.
Through a new initiative at Lincoln Center – Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – great modern works of the past and outstanding works by today’s leading choreographers are presented alongside Mr. Taylor’s own vast and growing repertoire. And Taylor Company Commissions enables the next generation of dance makers to work with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, thereby helping to ensure the future of the art form. As an integral part of Mr. Taylor’s vision, these dances are accompanied at Lincoln Center by live music whenever so intended by the choreographer.
In 2015, in addition to Mr. Taylor’s own dances, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance presented the Limón Dance Company in Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia from 1938, and Shen Wei Dance Arts in Shen Wei’s Rite of Spring from 2004. In 2016 PTAMD presented Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Donald McKayle’sRainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (1959) – which later won a Bessie Award – and the Paul Taylor Dance Company performed a work by Martha Graham for the first time: Diversion of Angels (1948). That year also saw the creation of Taylor Company Commissions, through which the Taylor Foundation commissions dances created on the Taylor Company to be premiered at Lincoln Center. Larry Keigwin choreographed Rush Hour and Doug Elkins made The Weight of Smoke. In 2017 PTAMD presented guest artists from Lyon Opera Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace (1958), and Taylor alumna Lila York created Continuum through a Taylor Company Commission. The 2018 Season featured commissions by Doug Varone – Half Life – and Bryan Arias – The Beauty in Gray. New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns performed Dances of Isadora, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company performed Ms. Brown’s Set and Reset.
National Touring supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
The Lima, Peru Festival at Grand National Theater engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation
Paul Taylor created The Taylor School more than 30 years ago to enable dancers of all ages and levels to learn his unique style. The Taylor School teaches children and adults the astonishing artistry and athleticism for which the Paul Taylor Dance Company is known throughout the world.
During the school year, The Taylor School offers a full spectrum of classes for every kind of mover from toddlers to professional-level dancers. During the summer, The Taylor Schools hosts its well respected Taylor Intensives and Taylor Summer Dance Camps. Taylor School faculty is mostly comprised of current and former Paul Taylor dance Company and Taylor 2 members, the majority of whom trained at The Taylor School before auditioning for those companies.
No matter your age or dance level, there’s a class at The Taylor School for you.
Morning Professional Classes
Professional-level classes are offered every morning, Monday through Friday, September through June at the Taylor Studios.
Taylor School Professional Level classes include:
Youth & Adults
*Semesters are announced seasonally. So please check back often!
Taylor Teen Ensemble
The Ensemble is an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Taylor’s work and experience dancing sections of his repertoire.
*By Audition Only
Summer Dance Camps
Taylor Dance Camps include:
With the emphasis on FUN, dancers in both camps will take daily Taylor style technique classes, and learn excerpts from the Paul Taylor repertoire.
Intensives afford students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Taylor style and Mr. Taylor’s repertoire. Technique and Repertory classes are taught by current Paul Taylor Dance Company dancers, alumni and current Taylor 2 Dance Company dancers.
There are two yearly intensives offered:
*Intensives are announced seasonally. So please check back often!
Master Classes & Workshops
The Taylor School frequently offers Masters Classes & Workshops:
These classes are typically 2 hour long and include a warm up, technique, repertoire and a chance to converse with established artists.
K-12 Educational Programs
The Taylor School offers dance education of the highest quality to K-12 students in the New York City area and beyond.
Through the practice of dancing and dancemaking, students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form, and of Paul Taylor as one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of all time.
Our comprehensive programming includes everything from a single master class to shorter workshops, assemblies, longer in-school residencies, and after-school programs.
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MORNING PROFESSIONAL CLASSES
YOUTH & ADULT CALENDAR
As a Friend of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, you will be supporting, preserving, and expanding one of America’s great original art forms. Your contribution will support the creation of new works and the preservation of classic dances; enable us to share them with audiences around the world; and provide opportunities for students and young dancers through our educational outreach programs.
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*The Taylor Studio is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Our facility is fully handicap accessible. The wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on Madison Street between Jackson Street and Grand Street.