With over 15 years of teaching experience, Taylor has become an accomplished dancer; classically trained in ballet, and well versed in jazz and contemporary.  She teaches various styles including ballet, pointe, jazz styles, tap, contemporary, and creative movement for toddlers.  She has master taught in several dance intensives; focusing her classes in either Broadway jazz or ballet.  Taylor is skilled in assessing and improving the dance skills of students. 

In addition to in-person classes, Taylor also offers Zoom dance classes through her online platform TEC Dance. Click the link below to redirect to that page:


Brainstorming creative, new ideas with clients and collaborators, and using previous skill-based knowledge and professional experience to create a breathtaking performance, Taylor has a reputation for providing leading choreography for every client.

Professional Residencies

Taylor has created original works for the 2019 Spring into Dance: An Artistic Bouquet for the apprentice dancers of the Asheville Ballet, western North Carolina's oldest non-profit ballet company.  

From 2016 - 2019, Taylor has created original ballet productions for the students of the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre, in Galax Virginia.  Taylor has staged, choreographed, and produced three original adaptations of popular children's novels including The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the beloved storybook classic Cinderella. In addition, Taylor has also choreographed and directed four of the school's Nutcracker ballets, which has become a holiday favorite to local residents. 

From 2014 to 2016, Taylor assisted in choreographing for the Dance Center of Greensboro's Performance Company in their spring recital performances, showcasing the students in Taylor's creative movement, Broadway, and ballet classes. 

University Residencies

Taylor’s choreography has been featured in Salem College dance department from 2012 to 2014.  During her residency, Taylor received the prestigious Katherine B. Rondthaler Honors award for dance and choreography for two of her pieces: a contemporary ballet piece entitled “Twisted Tales," a retelling of the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty, where Princess Aurora is cursed to sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened during the zombie apocalypse by her one true love, Prince Zombie, and a contemporary piece titled "Resurrected," which explores how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. 


Director of Dance Education

In addition to her many dance classes, Taylor serves as the Director of Dance Education for the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in Galax, Virginia.  It is her duty to fulfill the administrative responsibilities that include the development, long-term strategic planning and implementation of the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre dance programs as well as oversight and give artistic direction to the pre-professional company, the Galax Youth Ballet.  Taylor develops the dance curriculum, oversees instructional content, and provides sources for the dance faculty as well as prepare class schedules, calendars, and curriculum changes. 

As the director of dance education, Taylor stresses that education in the art of dance provides students with deep, thought-provoking experiences that combine many art forms and disciplines. The act of choreography is akin to sculpting with the human body in mobile space--a visual arts endeavor. Musicality with rhythm, phrasing, and a full partnership with the musical accompaniment is demanded. Dramatic skills and techniques are necessary to choreograph an interesting work and perform it. Learning the art of dance is a full, enriching, and physically joyful experience.

Taylor Edwards-Crider

"As a dance educator, I am passionate about bringing the beauty and art of dance to underserved populations. Dance has been so powerful in my own life, coming from a small rural town in North Carolina, that I want to share it with people who might not have access to it otherwise. Dance awakens new perceptions in which help them learn and think in new ways. I see so many positive benefits from dance in my students. The mind-body-spirit connection is so strong in dance. It challenges them to use their minds as well as their bodies, it challenges their souls."


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