Artist in Residence
Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, Calif., where she trained at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014. She has worked and performed with BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown and Kate Wallich. Her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of hip-hop combined with contemporary technique has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach for LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MoveNYC, Cal State Long Beach and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented at Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.
The TL Collective was founded by Micaela Taylor in 2016, ignited by her passion to create engaging, diverse, work. After a successful launch in LA of premiered work Molecular Fuel, Taylor continued to create new works that were performed throughout intimate spaces in LA including PopMadness (2017), SeeColour (2018), and ROSEWOOD (2018). Due to rave reviews, in 2017, Taylor was commissioned to perform her work PopMadness in Grand Performances which further exposed her work to the greater Los Angeles community. Since then, The TL has solidified their repertoire with commissions and presentations by Grand Park, Ford Amphitheatre, The Broad Stage, The ACE hotel and Jacob’s Pillow. Taylor also received the Springboard Danse Montreal EMERGE Choreographic Award in 2018. As a part of the prize, Taylor created a new work for Gibney Dance Company in their 2018/19 season, alongside Bobbi Jene Smith. She also has been commissioned by BODYTRAFFIC, and Cleo Park Robinson Dance Company to create for their upcoming seasons. The TL Collective is now on the rise as one of LA’s emerging dance companies.
“A subtle spirituality emanates from her dances through an intuitive musicality that utilizes syncopation and counterpoint. Yet, even in fast, complex phrases of movement and gesture, Taylor and The TL Collective surprise in their ability to come together in virtuosic unison.” – Candice Thompson, Dance Magazine