Micaela Taylor - 2018-19 EMERGE Choreographic Award Winner
Week of July 14, 2020
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Announcing Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award Winner Micaela Taylor

Micaela Taylor EMERGE Award

Gibney Dance Company is ecstatic to welcome Los Angeles-based choreographer Micaela Taylor as the inaugural recipient of the GDC/Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award

Micaela Taylor will receive commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Dance Company, which will be showcased in GDC’s Spring 2019 Season on a shared bill with Chanel DaSilva and Bobbi Jene Smith.

“After traveling to Montreal this past month to witness rehearsals and performances by seven deserving Resident and Emerging Choreographers, we were most activated by Ms. Taylor’s capacity for creating an environment that simultaneously prioritized physical rigor, responsive musicality, and individuality around a collective form. Micaela’s sensibilities represent the future of the field and we are so excited to support her early work and encourage her tenacious vision moving forward.”

– GDC Co-Directors Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller

As the EMERGE Choreographic Award Award Winner, Micaela Taylor will also receive mentorship through the creative process from a dramaturge, and opportunities to teach classes and share her creative process through showings and dialogues at Gibney throughout the year.

“I am humbled to be chosen as the recipient of the Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award,” says Taylor. “After years of hard work and dedication, this Award gives me more motivation to keep striving to achieve all of my artistic goals. I know that this experience will only strengthen me personally and creatively.”

The EMERGE Choreographic Award is a new partnership between GDC and Springboard Danse Montréal which aims to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field.

“We are thrilled with the selection of Micaela Taylor as our first EMERGE recipient,” says Alexandra Wells, Founder and Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montréal.” Each year Springboard curates 7 choreographers, Resident and Emerging, from around the world. It was exciting to witness Micaela this summer in the creation of a new work for 16 dancers. She commands the space as a leader and has an exciting original voice. We believe that she will benefit greatly from the professional mentorship offered by Gibney and its stellar team. Congratulations, Micaela!”

Photo by Sarah Prinz.

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Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA, 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 degree in dance, 2014. She has worked and performed with Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Kate Wallich, & BODYTRAFFIC. Nonetheless, 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 by LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MOVE(NYC), Cal State Long Beach, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented by Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.


With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Dance Company co-creates an environment where dancers are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices.
GDC is a creation-based repertory company that performs the work of Founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. GDC’s full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, embrace a broad spectrum of activities – in the studio, on stage, within our organization, and throughout the community. In addition to performing, Artistic Associates facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to high school students throughout the city; and each company member develops programming addressing pressing issues in the dance field, such as cultivating long-term diversity, connecting artists around the globe, and empowering dancers with financial literacy training.

GDC’s vision is to expand the current dance company model into one which acknowledges the many facets of expertise that dance artists offer our world. The uncompromising work ethic, creative problem-solving, and empathic negotiation implicit in successful dancing can create positive forward movement in the arts field and beyond. We see this comprehensive model as a way to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society.


Springboard Danse Montréal is a nonprofit organization that connects leading contemporary companies, choreographers, and dancers in a dynamic artistic ecosystem. The 3-week festival in Montréal cultivates a shared language of professionalism that values the creative process and connection above all else. Through workshops, classes, creations, the restaging of celebrated repertory, international auditions, installations, and pop-up performances, Springboard is recognized worldwide as a destination for career development. Since the organization’s inception in 2001, Springboard has curated artists from over 40 countries, and directly connected more than 300 dancers to paid jobs.

Springboard aids the professional dancer at various stages of their career. Through a stimulating environment of workshops, classes, auditions, repertory, and creative processes, they are given the opportunity to network with world-renowned companies, choreographers, producers, directors, and casting agents. Springboard is designed as a platform to facilitate major transitions in an artist’s career, whether between jobs or in their very first job search.

An integral component of its mission, Springboard is committed to advancing the next generation of choreographic artists. The Emerging Choreographers Program provides five curated makers with elite dancers, studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside Springboard’s Principal Companies. In a rich cultural exchange, the choreographers build lifelong relationships with both their colleagues and mentors. Dancers cast in these processes often become future collaborators, furthering the potential for employment. Past Emerging Choreographers have continued on to become leaders of the contemporary dance scene. Alumni include Kyle Abraham, Danielle Agami, Bryan Arias, Adam Barruch, Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Melanie Demers, Jasmine Ellis, Shannon Gillen, Loni Landon, Austin McCormick, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Freya Olafson, Zoe Scofield, Helen Simoneau, Spenser Theberge, Kate Wallich, Tom Weinberger, and Yin Yue, among others.