Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading female professional tap dance artists on the scene. The Far North Queensland country girl turned Melbournian fell head over heels for the art form of tap dancing and performing arts from the young age of four, training in jazz, tap, commercial, classical, contemporary, hip hop/urban and musical theatre.
Her passion for the art form saw Brianna relocate from her hometown to train at Brent Street in Sydney, one of Australia’s top performing arts academies. Her expansive dance career has since seen her tour globally with numerous productions, with a career highlight being one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company’s ‘UNTAPPED’ USA tour.
Her most recent achievements include performing for Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Big Band’ tap production, Disneyland Paris, France. Brianna is also Australia’s only performer touring with American tap company, Rhythmatic, directed by Nick Young, recently performing in the companies brand new production, ‘On Top of The World’ in Bermuda and LA. Brianna has also performed in two seasons with Raw Dance Company’s, ‘UNTAPPED’ which toured both USA 2016 & Australia 2017. She is also the only Australian performer in the American based professional tap company in New York, Apartment 33, directed and produced by Chloe and Maud Arnold. She recently performed as part of the New York company cast in the latest production ‘Where Dreams Are Made’ (NYC).
Brianna is sponsored by Capezio as a Capezio Athlete Ambassador, a brand she is extremely proud to represent.
She has studied at both Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC) and at the American Rhythm Centre (CHI) where she was offered a scholarship to train with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. During her US training Brianna also performed residency pieces by Michelle Dorrance and Baakari Wilder in Tony Waag’s Tap City Festival show at the Duke Theatre in New York.
During her time in America, Brianna trained under some of the best in the industry, including Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Baakari Wilder, Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich as well as one of the greats Dr Arthur Duncan during the LA Tap Festival.
A force to be reckoned with, Brianna has made a prominent mark on the Australian tap scene, working with some of Australia’s leading tap production companies, including Rhythm Tap Melbourne (Director Grant Swift), appearing on popular international television show Good Morning Britain, Channel 7 News, The Morning Show, The Today Show and performing for luxury brands including Mercedes Benz and Crown Casino.
Her passion for tap dance and choreography has seen her travel both nationally and globally. Brianna has taught at some of Australia’s leading dance institutes around the country along with being a member of faculty at the 2017 & 2018 Australian Tap Dance Festival in Melbourne as well as the Sydney Tap Festival 2018.
In addition to her ongoing work with tap, Brianna is signed with agency Wink Models and has been commercially modelling since the age of 13. Brianna has worked on campaigns for major Australian sporting brands such as Athlete’s Foot Australia & 2XU.
Her Bachelor of Media and Communications has also seen her work professionally at Nine Network in Melbourne and on various network television productions.
Her earlier training credits go to Christine Denny and Grant Swift, both of whom remain excellent mentors and inspiring creative artists.
Brianna is extremely passionate about building a strong female market for tap dance by highlighting and generating opportunities for women in the industry; particularly in Australia. Her love for music and rhythm is infectious and she promises to continue to honour the history of the dance, and inspire and spread her passion for this art form through education.