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.