CLEVELAND, OH- Fairmount Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce the hiring of Katie Taylor as Director of Fairmount Dance Theater! Taylor was named Director of the Fairmount Dance Theater at Fairmount Center for the Arts effective May 23, 2014. Katie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2010.


Taylor is very passionate and dedicated to her new position. “I fell in love with the Center the minute I walked through the doors. I had a vision for offering creative dance classes for young children, something I feel passionately about offering and was greeted with such support and enthusiasm I knew instantly that Fairmount is a place were artistry is fostered. I am absolutely giddy to be in such beautiful studios surrounded by other artists, it feels a little like being back at Juilliard with actors and musicians all in the same space. The bonus at Fairmount is the visual arts department and the inspiring artwork that often surrounds us while we dance.”


Katie has been fortunate enough to pursue excellent dance training and truly care to foster in the rising generation a love for the art form. While at Juilliard, she trained intensely with world-renowned teachers Terese Capucilli, Lawrence Rhodes, Risa Steinberg and Linda Kent. She had the privilege of performing the repertory of Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, and Jose Limon as well as new creations by David Parker, Larry Keigwin, Azure Barton, and Johannas Weiland, Katie relocated to Cleveland in 2010 and danced professionally with GroundWorks Dance Theater, under Artistic Director David Shimotakahara performing and teaching throughout Cleveland and Akron. Originally from Springville Utah, Katie studied at Brigham Young University, with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, and with Connie Burton at Rocky Mountain Ballet.


As for what Taylor plans to continue and develop at the center she had the following to say; “First of all I want to uphold the standard of excellence Fairmount Center has established and maintain the environment of safety and warmth. There is a strength and stability necessary for children and youth to grow at Fairmount. Next I will focus on the experience of each student and to me this means consistency in instruction, opportunity to work with exciting faculty and guest artists and positive performance opportunities to share and contribute to the community.”


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