Taylor Hicks

What Moves Me?  a perfectly crafted cup of coffee, the ocean and its breeze, reconnecting with someone, dancing to a song that fills the soul, getting so caught up in a conversation and then realizing how much you enjoy the person in front of you, helicopter rides, days filled with sun, laughter and gin & tonics, and the ever fulfilling nerves of opening night.

Taylor is a proud and true Alaskan, raised in Ketchikan where she fell in love with the ocean, the mountains, and the beauty that is dance. Her passion for movement is credited, firstly to Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, where she started at the age of four training in ballet and later pointe, jazz and modern styles. Along her journey at KTB, she performed in the three performances they put on each year including ‘The Nutcracker’, where she took on the role of Clara her first her in the production. She went on to perform Dawn Fairy, Mrs. Staulbahm, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy among smaller roles through the seasons. During the summers of her 6-8th grade years, Taylor attended Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College where she worked with Denise Dabrowski, former Prima Ballerina with the California Ballet Company, John Passafiume, founder of John Passafiume Dancers out of NYC, Jennifer Martin, Principal dancer of Eugene Ballet Company along with other professionals. With KTB, she traveled to NYC on three occasions taking classes at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway as well as seeing numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows. These experiences accelerated her skills just as much as they strengthened her love for the craft. Upon graduating high school, Taylor entered into UAA’s dance program where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis. Her experience in this program was filled with modern dance, improvisation, and learning how to cultivate new choreography. She was a UAA Dance Ensemble company member three times which led to her involvement with the American College Dance Association conference, traveling to Detroit, Boston and Long Beach. These trips were rich in community, dance education and technique classes as well as night after night of dance performances which exhibited endless approaches in choreography.  An especially memorable class in the Long Beach conference was taught by Leah Cox, former company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Leah is now the Dean of the American Dance Festival which Taylor hopes to attend in the future. This fall, Taylor will be making her debut with Momentum Dance Collective on their 9th Season and is beyond thrilled as she has attended every show that she could and has always loved what they have created and mastered.