Maya Taylor is an internationally recognized performer and choreographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she studied classical ballet for many years before diving into contemporary and classical modern. Maya has studied at Ballet West Conservatory, The Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Shortly after receiving her degree Taylor joined Elisa Monte Dance and for several years performed throughout the United States and Europe. During her time with the company, The New York Times called the dancers of Elisa Monte “a performing tour de force.”
Maya began to develop her choreographic language in 2010. She founded Maya Taylor Dance, a contemporary dance ensemble, to create highly athletic, visually powerful, and deeply emotional works. Maya often pulls from personal experiences for inspiration with the main themes of her work centering on the dark and beautiful moments that encompass the human experience. As her style has developed, Maya has been commissioned to create works from the Midwest to the UK. She has held residencies at both Creighton University and with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s The Moving Company. In 2012, her work La Dispute was performed at Regional Dance America’s National Festival in Montreal. She was chosen to choreograph a large-scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts’ The Rite Returns festival in February 2013 and her solo One Thousand and One was chosen as DANCE Magazine’s Video of the Month in their August 2013 issue. In April 2015, she premiered her solo, Under a Glass Bell, at the launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers in Leicester, England.
Maya is currently the rehearsal director and resident choreographer for the Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans, Lo