Laurie M Taylor
The Moving Beauty Series + Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center present:
4 Choreographers plus 6 Dancers brought together to create 1 spectacular show.
Premieres: April 15th – 17th, 2016. 8 PM
Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center. 347 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY. 11211
Laurie M Taylor; Choreographer
Laurie’s distinctive movement style has placed her on the global stage as a dancer with various professional companies and Master artists. She has performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Urban Bush Women, TONY-Winning Maija Garcia of “FELA! Broadway,” as well as Modern dance icons Milton Myers and the late Eleo Pomare. She is a graduate of Ballet Creole’s Professional Certificate Program in Canada and Howard University. Laurie honed her early performance career under Executive Artistic Director Carla Perlo of Dance Place in Washington, D.C. and Afro-Cuban dance theater Ashe’ Moyuba Folkloric.
Solidifying herself as an extremely musical choreographer, she has been featured for her collaborations with Alicia and Michael Olatuja, the EMMY-Winning “Soulful Symphony” and developmental projects with Blue Note Recording Artist Derrick Hodge. A Liberian-American dancer raised in Maryland, Laurie takes a fusion approach to her work, focusing on “sound perception,” and expresses sensibilities from contemporary West Africa (Soukous and Coupe’ Decale’) and African American vernacular dance (Jazz and Hip Hop). Her emphasis on dance as means of intercultural engagement has landed her recognition in the worlds of academia, leading workshops and residencies at Lehman College, NYU Tisch, University of Delaware, Berklee College of Music and Princeton University, among others.
Laurie’s company, “Soul Movement,” has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The American Dance Guild Festival, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Central Park Summerstage, The Harlem Arts Festival and more, as well as globally in Liberia, West Africa. An emerging leader in the areas of education and community engagement, Soul Movement has served over 1,000 primary and secondary school children through innovative movement and youth empowerment programming. This is in alignment with Laurie’s mission to introduce more diverse perspectives in dance pedagogy and create more access in the arts as a whole. A two-time Bloomberg Fund for New Work Recipient and Artward Bound Residency Artist, Laurie has gone beyond the walls of dance, lending her expertise on creative teams in the worlds of fashion, music and wellness. Laurie is eternally grateful for the opportunity to share her work with the world through dance. #SOULMOVEMENT!
“…full of sass and life.” – The New York Times
“…noble bodies in motion.” – The Baltimore Sun
“Moving sounds.” – Bholdr Magazine