Taylor Eddleston holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance from the University of Idaho (UI) in May of 2020. During her time in Idaho, she received the "Emerging Artist" award for showing promise in choreographic works and performance endeavors, self-motivation, and being highly involved in artistic opportunities. She has also been awarded a variety of other dance scholarships each year, including the Dance Activities Scholarship, the WUE Non-Resident Scholarship, the Jay and Jan Gruenfeld Education Scholarship, the Julius Peterson Education Scholarship, the Ada Gregory Dawald Scholarship, and the Elma Goodman Scholarship. In addition to scholarships received in higher education, Taylor was the recipient of a competitive scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival during the summer of 2019, where she benefitted from master classes from companies such as Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson, Rennie Harris, and Dorrance Dance, while taking contemporary modern, hip hop, and with various dance companies and choreographers such as AXIS Dance Company, Kyle Abraham, Ni’ja Whitson, Johnny Mercer, and Netta Yerushalmy.
While at UI, Taylor has had a multitude of performance opportunities. She has performed in the adjudicated concerts at the American College Dance Association Conference six times between the years of 2016 and 2020. Most recently, she was selected to perform in the Gala Concert at the northwest conference in Spokane, WA. Entitled Haunted, this was a solo work choreographed by Whitney Sumner in collaboration with the soloist, Taylor Eddleston. This was the first time a student-choreographed work from UI has been selected to perform in the ACDA Gala. Taylor has also performed in guest artist work at the Idaho Dance Education Organization conference that took place on the UI campus in 2017. In addition to performances at conferences, Taylor has performed in the dance program’s concerts each semester, including four pre-professional faculty concerts, and four student-choreography concerts. She has also participated as a dancer in two flash mobs related to a senior dance project. Her performance experience outside of UI includes informal performances at the American Dance Festival summer intensive, where she participated in two fellow student’s choreographic explorations.
After completing the dance composition series, Taylor choreographed for three student shows, including two annual spring Dancers, Drummers, Dreamers (DDD) concerts, and one fall student show titled, Defining Motion, Revealing Intention. Her first DDD choreography piece was hip hop-inspired, using common kitchen items for sound and rhythm creation. Her second DDD choreography piece was light-hearted and about young children using their imaginations at a sleep over while playing with beaded hula hoops and dancing around in their favorite onesie pajamas. For her last piece in the fall student show, she explored the idea of self-talk, your inner voice, with a duet considering how this voice can break you down or build you up. This dance work, titled As One, was invited to be performed in the informal concerts at the American College Dance Association Conference in the spring of 2019.
Taylor was involved in the student club, Terpsichore Student Dance Organization, as the president her senior year. In her sophomore and junior years, she served as the vice president and the public relations officer, respectively. She was an invited dance clinician for three years for the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at UI, where she has taught a variety of classes including Hip Hop, Disco Jazz, Musical Theatre, Broadway Jazz, and All That Jazz. In addition to her studies at university, she earned her mat certification in teaching through BASI Pilates, as well as certifications in teaching acro dance through Acrobatic Arts, and Progressive Ballet Technique.
After graduating in Spring 2020, Taylor moved to the SLC area where she taught at 3 studios and performed professionally with Atlas Dance Collective. She was selected to choreograph for Atlas and collaboratively created a duet entitled “Lasting Effects”, exploring the feelings and chaotic thought processes of having a panic attack, since anxieties are heightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor now resides in Orlando, Florida where she plans to continue to cultivate her love for teaching at studios as well as do freelance works, and potentially audition for another modern/contemporary dance company. She intends to one day pursue a masters degree and become dance faculty at a university.