Dancing with Integrity

Taylor Simpson

Taylor Thomas
Jazz and Pre Ballet Instructor

“What I love about teaching and Dunamix is the immense privilege and opportunity we have to empower students to achieve their dreams. Whether it be dance, academic or spiritual goals; my hope is to see them flourish. This is Dunamix, it’s who we are! Our lives and influence go much deeper than anything we could imagine. Dance offers an incredible opportunity to express ourselves in a deep, rich way. When you add purpose to such a beautiful masterpiece; nothing is impossible. The honor of having influence and leadership in my students lives is humbling. I’m honored to be apart at such a rare and extraordinary movement.”

ballet photo session in Temecula, CA; high school senior session

Pre-School Jazz Instructor (ages 3+)
Pre-School Ballet Instructor (ages 3+)
Helping young students develop and obtain flexibility, poise, strength, and learn dance etiquette and technique through playful and fun exercises
Basic and Intermediate Jazz Instructor (ages 8+)
Basic and Intermediate Ballet Instructor (ages 8+)
Helping older students develop and obtain clean technique, continued flexibility, poise, strength, leaps, turns and dance etiquette through strenuous, yet fun exercises
Advanced Jazz Instructor (ages 13+)
Challenging students technically while encouraging their artistic voice.
Basic Bollywood Workshops
Giving students the exciting experience of traditional Bollywood, while teaching the basic fundamentals and steps of this exotic dance/workout.
Choreographed several pieces that were featured in Studio Productions such as Annual Showcases, Nutcracker and Pinocchio. Also choreographed weekly pieces for in class combination purposes.
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Dance Education Summary

Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Variations, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Stomp Rhythm and Modern, at Dunamix Dance Project in Southern California.
Trained in ballet through the American Ballet Theater curriculum
Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz and Modern through America’s Premier Christian Ballet Company “Ballet Magnificat”.
Trained in Ballet under Elena Kunikova and David Howard at Steps on Broadway in New York City.
Trained in Bollywood at Steps on Broadway in New York City.
Trained in Ballet, Lyrical and Modern at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City.
Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical at Broadway Dance Center New York City.
Workshops with Alonzo King Lines
Workshops with Gelsey Kirkland
Workshops with American Ballet Theater
Workshops with Alvin Ailey
Workshops with Houston Ballet
Workshops with Pacific Northwest Ballet
Workshops with Pittsburgh Ballet
Trained temporarily in Ballet and Jazz in Italy

Professional Accomplishments/Experience

Accepted into Pittsburg Ballets summer dance intensive
Accepted into American Ballet Theater summer dance intensive
Accepted into Pacific Northwest Ballet summer dance intensive
Accepted into Gelsey Kirkland NYC summer dance intensive
Attended Ballet Magnificat summer dance intensive
Performed at Valley International Film Festival located at Pechanga Casino in California.
Performed at Anaheim International Film Festival located at Disneyland Resort in California.
Backup dancer for Spirit West Coast Concerts
Performed at various wineries for entertainment and charities
Worked with “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Melissa Sandvig and performed with 2006 winner Benji Schwimmer.
Performed at Disneyland for 4 years through the community arts showcase.

ballet photo session in Temecula, CA; high school senior session

Student/Teacher Reviews

“I would recommend Miss.Taylor to your dance studio because she is nice, fun, patient, and great with kids. I have been with her most of my classes like pre jazz, beg jazz and jazz one. She has been the best dance teacher I have ever had. She helped me with so many things and thats why I think she should be at your studio.”
Kaysee French (Student age 8)

“We have really enjoyed having Miss Taylor as a teacher for my daughter’s intro to jazz class. She is patient, kind, warm, fun, and really is the perfect teacher for my daughter’s age group. I wholeheartedly recommend her for a teaching position in Australia. We are really going to miss her”
Molly Flanagan-Paull (Mother of student age 7)

My daughters have taken jazz dance classes from Taylor for the past two years. She is a wonderful teacher–both in her ability to teach dance technique as well as her personal interaction with the girls. Taylor is kind, loving and encouraging. I highly recommend her as a dance teacher and in any capacity working with children.
Rebecca Mora (Mother of students ages 6,9 and 15)

ballet photo session in Temecula, CA; high school senior session

My daughter has been Miss Taylor’s student for about 2 months. She absolutely loves going to her class because she has so much fun. I have watched her teach the class and am very blessed to see her interact with the girls. She has a way of radiating peace and joy to all of them using her body and face. Anybody would be blessed to have her as a teacher. ”
Jessica Jimenez (Mother of student age 5)

“My 9 year old daughter has had such a great experience with Miss. Taylor. Her jazz class has been exciting and inspiring for her. Every week after class she tells me about how much she loves the way Taylor teaches. Taylor encourages her students to do their best by taking the time to instruct them in technique with a positive attitude while demonstrating that she believes in their ability to master it. Taylor has also been able to communicate to my daughter that her students’ creativity is valuable. This has helped her to see that she is special, and has something to offer which fuels her motivation to work hard and follow instructions. We are very thankful that Taylor has been such a sweet role model of caring and character as well. I am certain that all of her students know that Taylor cares about them individually. No one will be able to replace such a treasure. We will miss her very much! Anyone who has a chance to work with Taylor Thomas will be blessed”
Holly Cranny (mother of student age 9)