1. Notes: 1 / 4 years ago 

    2009 Holidays

    Happy Holidays everyone! As always, I have done a poor job of keeping up with my blog…but as the new year approaches, I will put it on the list of things to improve in 2010.

    To update: I am now living in North Carolina and have been offered a position with a brand new dance company called Winston Salem Festival Ballet. In addition, I have also been offered a full time position teaching and choreographing in the area.  The company is just getting on its feet and it’s incredible to be a founding member of a company that I believe in and encourage the direction of.  I am also doing a lot of guest artist work in local shows and teaching many new kids contemporary, jazz, and ballet.  Things are going wonderfully and I’m truly enjoying living in this beautiful state and working with this company!

    As the holidays wrap up and I make sure to hit the gym a lot before returning to start rehearsals for our next show…I’m constantly reminded of where I was a year ago and what a blessing this year has been in growing and challenging me.  Many new people have entered my life and I am so thankful for their presence.  May 2010 be a year of more growth and development of the kind of person, dancer, and choreographer I strive to be.

    Many blessings to all and I hope you have had a pleasant and safe holiday season!

  2. Notes: 2 / 5 years ago 

    I am dancing for a collaborative project with the Winston Salem Festival Ballet Company for an upcoming exhibit called Heroes of Horticulture at the Renalda House in North Carolina-July 31st.  The company director took us to the location and we shot some photos for advertising and documentation of this incredible project.  I thought I would post a few below for you to see-Enjoy!

  3. Notes: 2 / 5 years ago 

    Pictures from Photo Shoot-July 28

  4. 5 years ago 

    A summer of jobs…

    Well, this summer has been packed full and I am sad to see it come to end, but excited for what’s in store.  After finishing the project with Dance Theatre of Pittsburgh I attended the Southeast’s Regional Dance America conference in May in order to see one of my newest choreography’s “ReConstruct” being performed on the Saturday night Gala.  My dancers did a phenomenal job and I ended up getting the Project Tier Choreography Award for the entire region.  This award is important to my story (or trust me I wouldn’t be informing you) because the award presented an experience of traveling to Seattle for two weeks to choreograph a full length work on the dancers attending the Craft of Choreography Conference.  The experience was priceless and I met fantastic new choreographers around the country while under the brilliant direction of Rob Kitsos and Paul Moore.  I would encourage any dancer and choreographer who wants to enhance their craft and be pushed to the limits to attend this amazing conference.  

    Now, backing up a bit in my story…I spent the first part of the summer in Atlanta teaching and enjoying the beautiful weather of the south.  Then, I was asked to judge a National Competition in Madison, Wisconsin at the Kalahari Resorts for a week in June. Along that adventure I met some wonderful new friends who shared their passion of dance while sitting beside me at the judges table.  A long and tiring week, but a great opportunity and experience nonetheless.  After my journey to Wisconsin, is when I departed to Seattle for the Craft of Choreography conference like I was mentioning earlier.  While in Seattle I also got to spend a day with five of my closest friends from San Francisco who were in town.  We celebrated the coming birthdays of two of them and had a birthday extravaganza that will forever go down in books.  

    After Seattle, I returned to Atlanta to teach a summer intensive for a week in Roswell, GA while assisting my parents with a huge craigslist garage sale…in the hopes to empty out a bit of our basement.  A day later I left for Pittsburgh to go teach classes for a week at an intensive. That’s my current location now. Three of my colleagues and one brand new one have taught beside me this week and we have instructed and inspired the dancers through our different backgrounds and styles. 

    I am getting ready to finish out the week of the Pittsburgh intensive and look into my planner to go over the rest of what summer holds.  My next stop is North Carolina to dance as a guest artist with a brand new company there called Winston Salem Festival Ballet.  The performance will include four dancers (two guys/two girls) executing a new work by Gary Taylor that will be performed July 31st.  Finally, as the summer comes to a close I will be teaching in Atlanta and spending my last week creating a new work for adjudication for this upcoming years RDA.  

    Whew, what a great summer it has been and I can’t wait to see what adventures unfold as it comes to a close.  

  5. 5 years ago 

    to Pittsburgh…again


    Apologies for the long delay in my posting.  

    I just recently did a project with a start-up company called Dance Theatre of Pittsburgh, under the brilliant direction of Kiesha Lalama-White.  We performed this weekend in Altoona, PA for the Grier Gala with a few other companies: Fluidity Dance Company, Houston Met, Jason Parsons, J. Compagnia, Lehrer Dance Company, and Synthesis Dance Project.  It was a fantastic event and Dance Theatre of Pittsburgh gave an outstanding debut performance.  

    So, after 4 years of college in the city of Pittsburgh, I was thrilled to be returning and excited to be apart of a project for this brand new dance company (that I believe eventually will be ground breaking for Pittsburgh when able to be fully funded and get it’s feet on the ground).  As for now, the company is on hold until the economy and things shape up; however, it was a wonderful experience with incredible dancers and many memories.  

    More updates to come shortly!

  6. Notes: 1 / 6 years ago 

    Nation of Survivors

    In the bright September morning without warning to us all 
    A few thousand lives were shattered and we watched two buildings fall 
    And a billion souls felt empty, and the flags at half-mast fly 
    In the memory of the innocent which didn’t have to die 

    We’ve lost brothers, sisters, cousins. We’ve lost family and friends 
    But we’ve made the choice not to forget their lives and tragic ends 
    Though we’ve had our share of troubles we have put them all aside 
    As a nation grieves we find ourselves defending them with pride 

    We’re a nation of survivors, with one heart we share a tear 
    But we live to serve the memory, not giving in to fear. 
    Though they try to take security with the things they’ve done and said 
    All their acts of inhumanity bring unity instead. 

    So we stand here as a family. One heart, one soul, one voice. 
    We are challenged by this moment, and united here by choice.

    -Jack Foshee Jr.

    Taking time to remember those who lost their lives and what a horrific day it was…

  7. Notes: 1 / 6 years ago 
    Countdown until I move to Salt Lake City: 8 days

    Countdown until I move to Salt Lake City: 8 days

  8. Notes: 1 / 6 years ago 

    This song has resonated in my mind lately with everything going on in my life…

    Such a great version, enjoy!

  9. 6 years ago 

    the real thing

    My friend and fellow dancer Emily Withenbury sent me this e-mail a few days ago:

    "What does it mean to be the real thing?

    You live it and breathe it. Because every step you take embodies it. Because everything you’ve ever done and ever will do echoes it. Your being. Your core.

    You radidate the truth within you in your most trying moments.

    Your life’s purpose can’t be thrown off course. It’s the purpose of your life! You wouldn’t be here if not but to bring to life something unique and special. The struggle makes the sweetness of accomplishment even sweeter.

    The weight and significance of your individuality is based on the effort and diligence you’ve poured into its fruition. The more you give, the more your inner light will shine.

    You’ll set up road blocks, brick walls of doubt, detours where you muscle certain results that may not have been the natural conclusion. You’ll misguide yourself into false pretenses - a life you weren’t meant to lead opens before you in confident appeal.

    But if you’re secure in your fate and you release yourself to a force greater than you, your path will be lit and you will walk forward. Each step you take in openness, each breath you take in honesty of your life’s passion is a movement in the right direction. The direction of your fate. The direction that is a full and honest life.”

  10. 6 years ago 

    just the beginning…

    Greetings everyone!

       I’ve decided to try my hand at blogging…no promises, just an enthusiastic attempt to keep everyone in the loop with where I am, thoughts, and what I’m doing.  

       I just accepted a full time position in Salt Lake City, choreographing and teaching for the Salt Lake Ballet Conservatory.  I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and have accepted until December.  We’ll see what happens after that.  

    Stay tuned…

Kassandra Taylor, dancer and choreographer, muses on life, dancing, and being.