It was founded in 2006 by choreographer Eryc Taylor, who remains the company's Artistic Director. The Company's mission statement is: advancing public appreciation of dance and improving the diversity of professional dancers through performance of original works in collaboration with other artists, support for emerging choreographers, and dance education programs specifically tailored to mentor youth and provide the necessary knowledge and experience to pursue a career in dance.
Since its founding, ETD has produced annual performances showcasing works by Taylor as well young new choreographers, provided summer classes to aspiring dancers, and conducted dance and movement therapy programs for challenged adults.
Taylor received his BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts/Philadelphia and his MFA in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Afterwards, he studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris. Taylor continued his training with several major scholarships including a residency at Jacob’s Pillow. In addition, he spent two years with the Cunningham Dance Repertory Group. Taylor has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Dendy, Group Motion, Paul Taylor, Milton Meyers, Sean Curran and Gus Solomons Jr. and has collaborated with artists such as Frieda Abtan, Todd Yeager, Laura Peterson, Jason Levine, Scooter LaForge, Mark Beard, and Gerald Busby. Taylor's choreography has been presented worldwide and he is known for producing sight specific dance installations. He has produced summer dance festivals in Martha’s Vineyard called, "Dance Martha Dance!" His work has also appeared at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joyce Soho, The Second Avenue Dance Theater, NYU, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam’s APAP festival, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, NYC, New York Live Arts, Armando Manzanero Teatro (Merida, Mexico).
New York, NY. October 15–18, 2015.
Merida, Mexico. September 24–27, 2015.
New York, NY. April 22, 2014.
Kirkland, PA. 2011
New York, NY. November 10, 2010
New York, NY. October 6, 2009.
Eryc Taylor Dance has an on-going residency with The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in which ETD curates a dance/movement therapy program. Workshops are taught at five PGCMH residences and are free to all of their clients. The workshops taught include Movement Expressions, Breath & Energy, and Strength & Conditioning.
Every year, Eryc Taylor Dance gives out three grants to young, aspiring NYC-based choreographers. Eryc works with each of them and guides them through the process of creating a new piece.
A works-in-progress showing is hosted by ETD for the grant recipients after three months.