RAEGAN WOOD, DIRECTOR
RAEGAN WOOD grew up in California training in modern dance with her parents David and Marni Wood, former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. For seven years, she danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has also performed with, among many, her sister’s company, Ellis Wood Dance. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Montclair State University, and an Ed. M. in Dance from Temple University. For over thirty years, Ms. Wood has been directing programs and teaching dance locally and nationally in private studios, in K-12 public and private schools, and at such arts education institutions as City Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Peridance Capezio Center.
In higher education, she has taught at numerous colleges and universities including Barnard College, Montclair State University and Rutgers University where she was on faculty for fifteen years.
Ms. Wood is currently the Director of The Taylor School, which has grown under her direction to include a Youth/Adult Program, a touring Taylor Teen Ensemble, a K-12 Outreach Program, Taylor Summer Camps, in addition to previously established Summer and Winter Intensives. Additionally, she coordinates the Arnhold Tier 3 Program which offers free tickets to Taylor Lincoln Center seasons and other free programming to K-12 public schools in NYC. As an experienced curriculum designer, she co-designed the original Dodge Dance Initiative, now known as Dance to Learn. She has recently completed designing the K-12 curriculum for the Paul Taylor Outreach Program.
JOAO MAURICIO CARVALHO
JOAO MAURICIO CARVALHO, a gymnastics champion in his native Brazil, has a degree in Physical Education from São Paulo University and a BA in dance from Empire State College. A Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Carvalho was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for ten years. He was Choreographic Assistant for the John Boorman film “The Emerald Forest”, in which he also appeared. He was part of John Turturro’s “ Romance And Cigarettes.” He has choreographed for Balé da Cidade De São Paulo, different companies in São Paulo Brazil, and with Margie Gillis. In addition to teaching at the Paul Taylor School, Marymount Manhattan College, Eugene Lang College, Montclair State University, and various other schools around the world, he co-directs with Mrs. Yamauchi the São Paulo based pick up company “LúdicaDança.”
RICHARD CHEN SEE
RICHARD CHEN SEE danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1993 through 2008, and has been staging Paul Taylor’s dances on companies and schools around the world since retiring from the performing. At The Taylor School, he is a core teacher for the Taylor Teen Ensemble and for the open classes offered at the company’s studios. Mr. Chen See’s stagings of Taylor works include Piazzolla Caldera on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (2015) and Ballet San Jose (2014); Company B on Beijing Dance Academy (2013) and New Zealand School of Dance (2011); Roses on Rambert Dance Company (2011); Airs on the New Zealand School of Dance (2009).
Mr. Chen See has been teaching modern and ballet technique classes/workshops and choreographing for close to thirty years. He is a Fulbright Specialist with a Masters in Fine Arts from Hollins University/American Dance Festival, and he has remained integrally involved with dance and arts management in New York City working on advisory panels, consulting for arts organizations, and serving on non-profit boards.
As a master teaching artist, Mr. Chen See has led Paul Taylor focused programs for Dance St. Louis (2015), Young Dancemakers Company (2014), New Orleans Ballet Association (2012), the American Dance Festival (2010 & 2011) and Taylor School Intensives (1998 to present). As a choreographer, his work has been commissioned and presented nationally around the USA.
AMY YOUNG grew up in Washington state. She spent her senior year of high school studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan prior to entering The Juilliard School in New York, where she earned a B.F.A. in 1996. She joined Taylor 2 in August of that year. Ms. Young enjoys teaching and has been on the faculty of Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma and The Taylor School. She also dances with the TAKE Dance Company. Ms. Young made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Paris Opera House in January 2000.
CAITLIN SCRANTON studied dance at Dance Theater of Iowa, Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Ailey School, and in 2005 received her BA in History from Smith College. She has performed as a soloist for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company since 2009 and has also danced for Christopher Williams, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Cornfield Dance, Mark Dendy, Phantom Limb, Paul Singh, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble. In 2017 Caitlin joined the faculty of Point Park University in Pittsburgh as a Visiting Artist in Modern Dance. She teaches ballet for the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company, the Taylor Summer Intensive, and master classes across the US and abroad. Caitlin is also the co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based dance production company The Blanket which aims to promote and expand modern dance in Pittsburgh.
BLAKELEY WHITE-McGUIRE is a New York-based dance performer, maker and teacher and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Critically acclaimed as a Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2002 – 2016, 2017) she has embodied the most iconic roles of 20th century Modern dance to international critical acclaim. As a leading practitioner of Graham’s technique, she materially contributed to three historical re-imaginings Ardent Song, Imperial Gesture, and Notes on a Voyage.
Simultaneously and throughout her career, Blakeley has created with and performed in new works by 21st Century Contemporary artists including Jacquelyn Buglisi, Jayoung Chung, Martha Clarke, Sean Curran, Sue deBeer, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Larry Kegwin, Michael Klien and Steve Volk, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Marta Renzi, Pascal Rioult, Luca Veggetti, Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart SITI/ Company.
As a dance-maker, Blakeley’s original works have been presented by The Museum of Arts and Design, Downtown Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to Aids, New Ballet Ensemble, Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT, Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Roxbury Arts Group, RAW, the Moving Beauty series at Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center and the Martha Graham Dance Company in a collaboration for Graham II. Her writings expressing the 21st Century Dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, The Huffington Post, Dance Magazine, Performance Research Journal, U.K. and A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide.
SASHA SMITH, originally from Syracuse, NY earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University, where she performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham and Pascal Rioult. Ms. Smith previously studied at the American Dance Festival and at the Paul Taylor School in New York City. As a freelance dance artist, Sasha has performed with several NYC based dance collectives including Vashti Dance Theater, Ballaro Dance and Mazzini Dance Collective. Sasha has performed at Ailey Citi Group Theater, Riverside Theater, Dixon Place and the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center plus numerous performance festivals. Her acting credits include include immersive theater productions (Shaken Not Stirred: A Cabaret to the music of James Bond, 2017), short films (“Simple Gifts”) and promotional commercials. In addition to dance, Ms. Smith further shares her passion for movement as a Certified RYT Yoga instructor and has a background in Pilates and AntiGravity Fitness®.