TAYLOR SCHMELZLE * COMPANY DIRECTOR
Born in Canada, Taylor Moved to the United States when she was three years old. She started dancing right away becoming a competitive dancer at age five. She trained and competed for Southern Strut in Irmo, South Carolina. Six years later, she moved and began training at Birmingham Dance Theatre in Alabama. There she met Kim Wolfe as her teacher and mentor. Taylor began assisting at the young age of 12, on the West Coast Dance Explosion Tour. She traveled all throughout High School to perform in videos, attend conventions, and co-choreograph at various studios around the nation. When Taylor graduated high school, she moved to Los Angeles after signing with Go 2 Talent Agency. She attended Loyola Marymount University with a major in dance; however left after one year to focus on professional dancing. During her last three years in LA, she worked on a children's television show, danced in Ricky Palomino's company for Lifetime viewers, performed in numerous dance shows, taught at a local dance studio and worked the 2016 & 2017 Grammy's as a Talent Credential's assistant for the Red Carpet. Taylor moved to Portland to manage a fitness studio and switch gears from performing to teaching. After 20 years of dancing, it is still her biggest passion. Taylor is proud to direct the company at SMJ and has already been recognized for her award winning choreography the past two seasons. She's known to provide excellent technique and contemporary training but most importantly a very kind spirited human being who puts her students first. Taylor is loved by all of her students, staff and dance industry colleagues.