Playlist on Intermisson: Micaela G. Taylor


Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA, where she trained at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, 2014. She has worked and performed with Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Kate Wallich, & BODYTRAFFIC. Alongside she has also performed with Dua Lipa, Mac Miller, and Solange Knowles. Nonetheless, her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of Hip Hop combined with contemporary technique has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MoveNYC, Cal State Long Beach, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented by Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.


“Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall” by Coldplay
As a dancer, I often feel the need to rest, regroup, and regain strength. This song gets me pumped. From the driving rhythm to the inspirational lyrics, I find myself pumped to get back in the groove of life. 

“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
Many times I find myself craving a time of calmness. This song reminds me of having peace in choosing a person, place, or action that may not make sense to others but is the best decision for you. Calming all my fears and siding with my truth. 

“Lean On” by Major Lazer
This year has been one that I’ve had to really rely on my faith to get me through the ups and downs of starting a new dance company. It has caused me to give more attention to the meaning of each season I’m in and even the music that I listen to. This song to me represents having dependence on something/someone that is powerful enough to get you through.

“Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child
This song is a flash back that takes me all the way to my first dance performance. Back then life/dance was so much more simplistic. I value those moments now as a professional dancer taking a step back and simplifying the matter.

“Finesse” by Bruno Mars
I have so much fun dancing to this song. It helps me release any negative feelings that I have towards life. I let go and just groove. 

Illustration by Amil Barlow

Illustration by Amil Barlow

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