. . . Now For My
There are very few occupations that have lifespans as brief as a career in dance.
The average student begins dancing at age seven; usually requiring approximately ten years of training to become a dancer. Add five more years to become a choreographer.
Most professional dancers retire from performing in their early or mid-thirties.
Some dancers take sabbaticals from dance to have children or obtain degrees before returning to a life that includes dance.
Some dancers continue dancing as teachers or choreographers. But most branch off into different career paths, dancing when they can . . .
or not at all.
For some dancers, leaving the dance world is a difficult transition. For others, it is a natural progression.
Every dancer in the State of Grace Company has experienced stages and seasons where they had to step out of dance temporarily or make a lifestyle change that no longer had room for dance. So we can identify with the process.
We built this website to encourage, support, and hopefully inspire all you
But we also built this site for
Other Artists & Creatives
because we are all at different stages on our journeys and we believe each stage should as beautiful and satisfying as the ones that came before.
Follow along with our
as we meander in and out of dance, and continue to explore and experience the wonder of living in a
State of Grace.
A Note from Taylor
The legendary Martha Graham said,
"A dancer dies twice:
Once when they stop dancing,
and this first death is the more painful."
As a dancer who was once referred to as a "Graham Cracker", I can genuinely say that I love Martha Graham. But I would like to challenge you to not buy into her statement. There are many ways to dance in this life; movement is just one of them.