"Jessica is the quintessential artist; her originality in both conception and presentation parallel her passions and intentions...there is no other choreographer I have ever worked with that communicates her ideas in such a real and raw, yet organized way...she is, herself, a paradox in a world of commercial biz versus lost bohemia...she encompasses both without ever selling out or checking out. The modern dance world is in desperate need of the life and spark of Jessica Taylor."
-Elliot Roth, MAC award winning New York based composer/musician
Jessica Taylor received her degree in dance from Point Park University Dance Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has taught at many different organizations across the US, including the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), Absolute Dance Grand Junction, Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis) and UpBring Dance Company (Brooklyn). She has choreographed for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company of Point Park University, SUNY Purchase BFA (Senior Solo), COCAdance Pre-professional Company (and its alumni), Absolute Dance Grand Junction, Squonk Opera, Purple Threads Emsemble, Ormao Dance Senior Company, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Ailey/Fordham BFA (Senior Solo) and the advanced students of Denver School of the Arts.
Taylor has served as a member of the industry panel and as a choreographer for ADC’s Guest Artist Series in NYC for five years, and has held workshops with the DAMAGEDANCE mission in mind at DANY Studios, Peridance Capezio Center, the Amalgamate Dance Company Summer Workshop, the former Dance New Amsterdam. Gibney Dance, the Center of Creative Arts, the Dance Fusion Intensive, Ormao Dance School, Block 1750, Colorado Collge, Steamboat Dance Theatre, Colorado Mesa University, Denver School of the Arts, Arts Immersion (Denver), University of New Mexico, Chandler Gilbert Community College (AZ) and New Mexico Dance Academy. Taylor is a partner in the development of the recently launched program, BREAK OUT, a two-week residency intensive bringing American dancers to Italy through a partnership between DAMAGEDANCE, Amalgamate Dance Company, Scuola Italia and Passi di Danza.
Founder + Artistic Director of DAMAGEDANCE
In 2010 she founded DAMAGEDANCE. Her work has been showcased in New York City at the Rover Soho, Amalgamate Artist Series, Fertile Ground at Green Space in Long Island City, Tea Dances hosted by Jody Sperling and Emily Faulkner, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, Merce Cunningham Studios, the HATCH and HATCHed Series, Edinburgh Highlights in Bryant Park, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dumbo Dance Festival, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, PS 199, Judson Church, Steps on Broadway, Dixon Place, Central Park at Summit Rock, the Dance Gallery Festival and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Beyond New York, DAMAGEDANCE has been seen at The Booking Dance Festival within the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, the Spring to Dance Festival hosted by Dance St. Louis, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and the Detroit City Dance Festival. Now located in Denver, Colorado, DAMAGEDANCE has made its state debuts at the Dairy Arts Center and the Colorado Ballet Black Box Theater. Most recently the company has been presented at the University of New Mexico, Denver School of the Arts and The Savoy at Curtis Park. Check out Jessica's Feature.