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Taylor Roper

Taylor is a professional performer who has been dancing since the age of six. He is highly trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, acrobatics and hip hop. He also studied in the music theatre program at Wexford Collegiate Institute for the Arts. He has worked for some of the industry's leading entertainment corporations. He was a dancer and acrobat for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines on the “Mariner Of The Seas” and the “Brilliance Of The Seas”. He was also a featured dancer in the cirque inspired show “Mystic Rhythms” at Tokyo DiseySea. Taylor has also danced for Patti Wilcox from New York City and has also danced in contemporary festivals throughout Toronto . He has spent the past year living in Belgium dancing in a contemporary company and  teaching workshops.

 As a competitive dancer, Taylor has captured numerous titles including Mr. Dance and Teen Mr. Dance of Canada ch.38, Dancer of the Year for American Dance Awards and was also the highest scoring male soloist for can dance in 2007 and had the opportunity to travel and perform in Spain. He has been a dance instructor at many studios throughout Durham, Belgium, and Toronto and also teaches dance for the Toronto and Durham district school board. Taylor is a certified member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and has adjudicated in Ontario, British Columbia and the United States.

He is a firm believer that technique and creative style are extremely important in the development of a dancer.  Taylor will be joining YDA faculty as a full time instructor.