"I have the firm belief that everyone has the ability to be a dancer, if they're willing to put in the hard work, and they have the determination. I also believe dance is a large part of our culture and belongs in our community as a viable art form. Dance builds self-discipline, confidence, and consciousness of the body and the soul. I hope my life of dance has -- and will continue to be -- a gift for all of my students.
I have a deep love of sharing this knowledge with every student, whether a professional or an enthusiast.
I hope the audiences that watch them now, and in the future, will be touched and inspired by what I have taught them."
Jodi Taylor, an instructor, dancer, and choreographer with over 27 years experience teaching others to excel in the technique and art of dance, has produced many accomplished performers throughout her career. Her students are lauded for their outstanding technique, and have gone on to dance with some of the most prominent companies in the world, as well as becoming finalists on top nationally-produced television dance shows, such as:
--Starring in national touring versions of hit Broadway plays
--Miami City Ballet
--Dance Theater of Harlem
--Top 20 finalist in Fox Televison's "So You Think You Can Dance."
--Terpsicorps Dance Theater
--Accepted at North Carolina School of the Arts
--Accepted at Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Program
Born in Miami and a dancer since the age of 3, Jodi's professional career started at age 12, where she danced, sang, and acted in movies, and in many theater and traveling productions. She went to high school at the Dillard School of Performing Arts, which allowed her to concentrate daily on her craft, and led to work in nationally-produced commercials and shows, including the Hanneford Family Circus, cruise ships, and a long-term contract as a featured performer in the world-famous Tropigala Showroom, at the Fontainebleau Hilton on Miami Beach.
When she became a mother, Jodi chose to concentrate on what quickly became her first love: teaching dance to others. She moved for 9 years to the arts-centric city of Asheville, North Carolina, where, within her first year, she was voted the number three dance teacher in Western North Carolina by the readers of the arts weekly magazine, Mountain Xpress. While in Asheville, Jodi and her students were quickly featured on the front page of the regional newspaper, The Asheville Citizen-Times, performing in the city's Martin Luther King Day event at the city's main theater, The Diana Wortham Theater. Jodi organized the Asheville Children's Dance Festival for many years and then turned it into the extremely successful Western North Carolina Youth Performance Festival, encompassing all performing arts styles. She also choreographed
the Michael Jackson song, "Thriller," leading a troupe of dancers as the opener for the
city of Asheville's first annual Zombie Walk, and earned another front page photo in
The Citizen-Times. During her time in Asheville, she opened her own very successful
dance studio, Asheville Dance Revolution.
Now back in her home state of Florida to be near her family, Jodi has opened Taylor Dance Productions, and is also doing outreach teaching at various local private elementary schools, incorporating dance into their curriculum, and giving students the opportunity to learn about dance as an an art form and path for growth. She has successfully worked with dancers seeking professional careers, as well as the youngest of beginners, and students with disabilities.