Best Advice to Young Dancers
“TRAIN! Put the time in to really strengthen your technique – don’t take shortcuts, it shows in your dancing. Keep focused and stay mentally strong when approaching the dance world as your career – you’ll take a lot of hits, it’s part of the business. Be prepared, remember this is a business like any other – do your homework on auditions, dress appropriately, have a song ready for Broadway auditions, etc. And keep loving what you do!! It helps you get through a lot of the disappointments.”
Favorite Thing about an NYCDA Weekend?
“Seeing the remarkable talent across the country, the energy of a class that all comes together, seeing the growth that happens when something “clicks” in a dancer’s head – when I can really get through to them.”
Suzi Taylor grew up in Southern California in her hometown of La Canada Flintridge, where she trained at Le Studio in Pasadena, Duprees and Joe Tremaine’s in Hollywood. At 18, Suzi moved to NYC and continued her training at Alvin Ailey, The School of Ballet and Theatre Dance, and with Robert Blankshine and Finis Jung. She is sought after to teach and lecture at universities, schools, and organizations across the U.S., and is proud to have been with NYCDA since its inception.
Suzi has set work on companies in Tel Aviv, Rio, Glasgow, Toronto, Scotland, and Brazil.
An internationally recognized master teacher and choreographer, Suzi has been training professional and aspiring young dancers for the past 26 years. Combining her talents as dancer, teacher, and choreographer, she has been invited to teach, perform, and adjudicate at 5 National dance festivals in Rio de Janeiro, at the esteemed Theatre An Der Wein School in Vienna, at ABT star Julio Bocca’s school for Ballet Argentina in Buenos Aires, and in numerous workshops throughout Italy, Japan, France and Canada. Suzi currently and for the past 26 years has been on faculty as Steps On Broadway in NYC and previously at Broadway Dance Center, David Howard’s and Theatre Dance. She has also taught workshops at University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts, and Point Park College.