Michelle Taylor

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Michelle Taylor came to Texas Ballet Theater from her hometown of York, Maine. Training extensively with Texas Ballet Theater School since the age of 15, she was awarded her first contract with TBT in 2006 and is now dancing in her tenth season. Favorite roles have included  Carabosse in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Green Lady in Peer Gynt, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Rachel in Val Caniporoli’s Lambarena.

Where are you from?
York, Maine

When did you begin dancing?
Age 5

Why did you begin dancing?
Because I like pink.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2006

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Romeo and Juliet

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty and Dracula

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How rewarding it is

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Disney’s Cinderella and Say Yes to the Dress

What’s your favorite song?
Canon D

What sound do you love?
Rain and Thunder

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
News Anchor or Actress

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
New Orleans Saints Baby! WHO DAT!?

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
At home in Maine

What would your best friends say about you?
I’m loud

What is your favorite part of a performance?
The orchestra warm-up

Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My parents

What was that one “click” moment that affirmed you were made for ballet?
I don’t think I had one

Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with most?
Rachel! Shamelessly (my car is named after her…)

Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker
SLEEP

What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Warming up

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Emotion