Courtney Taylor is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She currently holds a Bachelors in Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Theatre and Dance from Kansas State University, Manhattan KS. While attending Kansas State, Ms. Taylor was a dance scholarship recipient and also a member of Kansas State Repertory Dance Company. She was selected by Denise Jefferson to attend the Professional Program at the Ailey School in New York City, New York. During her time at The Ailey School she trained in Ballet, Horton, Graham-based modern, Jazz, Tap, Dunham and West African Dance techniques under the direction of Melanie Person, Troy Powell, Maher Benham, Ana Marie-Forsythe, Kevin L. Predmore and Maguette Camara. She has recieved additional dance training from Mia Michaels, Brenda Bufalino, Frankie Manning, Wade Robson, Kari Knudson, Cleo Parker Robinson, James “Buster” Brown, Kwame Azalius Ross and Jimmy Slyde.
Ms. Taylor has had original works set on her by the likes of Jeannie Hill (Jump Rhythm Jazz Project), Deidre Dawkins (Urban Bush Women), Roni Mahler (American Ballet Theatre), Brenda Bufalino, Kwame E. Ross and Maguette Camara. She has performed at American College Dance Festival, the Ailey School, New Orleans Jazz Dance Project, Kansas City Ballet, Columbian Theatre and Kansas State University. Her choreographic works have been seen at American College Dance Festival, Kansas State University, the Columbian Theatre and throughout the greater Austin area.
Ms. Taylor is a Professional Member of Dance for Parkinson’s Disorder and is currently working towards her Dance for Parkinson's teacher certification via the Mark Morris Group, Brooklyn, NY. She is also proud to be apart of the local Arts in Medicine movement and currently teaches bed side dance instruction to hospitalized patients throughout the Austin area. Ms. Taylor has worked as a Pediatric Behavior Therapist and has been a dance educator for approximately 20 years. It is her belief that dance is the vehicle that allows us to transcend our differences.