Thomas Wadelton - artist of the Australian Tap Dance Festival 2014

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BRIANNA TAYLOR     

Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading female professional tap dance artists on the scene. The Far North Queensland country girl turned Melbournian fell head over heels for the art form of tap dancing and performing arts from the young age of four, training in jazz, tap, commercial, classical, contemporary, hip hop/urban and musical theatre.

Her passion for the art form saw Brianna relocate from her hometown to train at Brent Street in Sydney, one of Australia’s top performing arts academies. Her expansive dance career has since seen her tour globally with the production UNTAPPED, becoming one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company.

During her time in America, Brianna trained under some of the best in the industry, including Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Baakari Wilder, Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich as well as one of the greats Dr Arthur Duncan during the LA Tap Festival.

Her most recent achievements include being offered an extended contract with Raw Dance Company, touring UNTAPPED in Australia, March 2017. Brianna is also the only Australian performer in the American based professional tap company in New York, Apartment 33, directed and produced by Chloe and Maud Arnold. She recently performed as part of the New York company cast in the latest production ‘Where Dreams Are Made’ (NYC).

Brianna has studied at both Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC) and at the American Rhythm Centre (CHI) where she was offered a scholarship to train with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. During her US training Brianna also performed residency pieces by Michelle Dorrance and Baakari Wilder in Tony Waag’s Tap City Festival show at the Duke Theatre in New York.

A force to be reckoned with, Brianna has made a prominent mark on the Australian tap scene, working with some of Australia’s leading tap production companies, including Rhythm Tap Melbourne (Director Grant Swift), appearing on popular international television show Good Morning Britain and performing for luxury brands including Mercedes Benz and Crown Casino.

Her passion for tap dance and choreography has seen her travel nationally, having taught at some of Australia’s leading dance institutes around the country.

Her earlier training credits go to Christine Denny and Grant Swift, both of whom remain excellent mentors and inspiring creative artists.

Brianna is extremely passionate about building a strong female market for tap dance by highlighting and generating opportunities for women in the industry; particularly in Australia. Her love for music and rhythm is infectious and she promises to continue to honour the history of the dance, and inspire and spread her passion for this art form through education.

 

Highlights: 

-Untapped NYC Broadway cast 2016

- Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33, NYC- 'Where Dreams Are Made'

- The only Australian performer in the American based tap company in New York, Apartment 33, directed and produced by Chloe and Maud Arnold. 

- Untapped Australian Tour 2017