We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
When it comes to addressing a factor that led me to the position I am now for career, foundation has been the route to all my success as a dance artist.
When I say foundation, there is a plethora of criteria that falls under this term. From the moral code and life lessons instilled into me from my parents to the physical aspect of residing from Chicago. Though only a few examples were given, all these things built a blueprint for life. It gave me a drive to further elevate my mind, my passion, and love for dance, but also remind me that it’s only a blueprint. That I can decide (from what’s in my power) how my story ends when it comes to a close. It’s led me to be curious and excited to experience new things and to network. To seek the next level for what’s next, but above all, to never lose sight of who I am and give credit to all those who’ve poured their love and support into me. My character and foundation is an evolution of all the people who’ve impacted my life and gave me the sense of identity I have today.
An ever growing artist who seeks to gain all the knowledge in the world, hopefully soon give it back to all those who reside inside it. That’s what defines Jeremy Taylor or as some know me, JT.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a multifaceted dancer from Chicago who recently relocated to LA in December of 2021 after receiving my BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have a special emphasis on street dance culture (such as house and hip-hop), but I’m also technically trained as well. I’m a sponge for knowledge, experiences, and new trades. I’m exploring new avenues for dance, took some risks, and stepped out of my comfort zone a few times which can be nerve racking. Because of this, I made my first international debut performing with a Nance Dance Collective in Jamaica, performed with Kanye West and Young Thug in 2021, participated in my first music video w/ SALEKA, and now I’m traveling with Rennie Harris and his company. The risks I took paid off and some amazing friendships and partnerships came out of it. I’d love to connect with more artists throughout the US, especially LA, to create and showcase something uniquely ours as we navigate this ever changing world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Albeit I haven’t been here long, my best friend Angel and I would definitely go to the Laugh Factory for some stand up comedy on Sunday. #ChocolateSundays
Monday would be movie night. More specifically, a drive-in movie!
Tuesday we are driving to San Diego to explore and participate in a 2v2 dance battle. We’ll be called the Wonder Twins.
Whatever Wednesday will be literally whatever we decide to do randomly. It’s also a test day if we decide to do that.
Thursday will be a road-trip to Vegas just because it’s not too far to drive.
Friday, we would go to the beach since it’s a luxury for us being that we are from the Midwest.
Lastly, we would go to Universal Studios on Saturday. We love amusement parks!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I want to give a special Shoutout to Gia Z. for extending this amazing opportunity to be highlighted. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for you!
In addition I’d like to recognize the positive Black Male role models such as, Dr. C. Kemal Nance, Prof. Danzel Thompson-Stout, and the real OG, my Pops (to name a few), for playing a vital part in my life.
Lastly, thank you to all the family and friends for supporting my journey in dance and life. I’ve come a long way because of you!
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