Articles by Taylor Gordon
Taylor Gordon trained at Boston Ballet School before moving away from home at age fourteen to attend the boarding academic program at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet on scholarship. After graduating high school at sixteen and discovering her love of writing, she moved to NYC to continue dancing at Ballet Academy East and to study Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where she was the features Editor of the school paper, The Monitor. She graduated magna cum laude at age nineteen in January 2008 with a head start in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Magazine Publishing at Pace University, on top of dancing professionally. She has performed as a student with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and professionally with the Albano Ballet Company. Seizing every opportunity while juggling a dance career and college, she has interned at various magazines, most recently the New Yorker, and has written for a number of publications and websites. She enjoys giving a voice to an otherwise non-verbal art form through her writing. Taylor started writing as a regular contributor for movmnt magazine in Spring 08 with a crossed portraits of professional dancers going through injuries and life. She is now movmnt's Associate Dance Editor.
Dance and animation form a cohesive relationship for Misnomer Dance Theater. The aesthetics that make dance enjoyable onstage translate well in digital too.
Dancers are stupid. The college dance major is a sellout. They have a degree for a low-paying field, and a four-year delay. The student may never see the footlights after graduation. And the professional dancer is ignorant: they don’t have a degree; their brain is in their feet; they don’t prepare for the future.
Atlanta Ballet shattered tradition when Artistic Director John McFall collided two worlds in creating “Big,” featuring Big Boi as the obvious Hip Hop outcast.
Choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon are gaining visibility in the commercial world and helping to bring the industry to a wider audience through popular culture.
Ray Mercer, one the many performers of Disney’s Lion King on Broadway, choreographs his on work on fellow “King” dancers, and even get Disney’s support.
Life during and after being injured while a professional dancer. Six crossed-portraits of performers through the prism of their recent injuries.