Taylor Baines, Dance Teacher, graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major.
The Artisan: How has your time at DA been?
Baines: It’s been different, honestly, compared to being a student and now a teacher. Of course, a lot of the teachers here were my teachers at the time. So now it’s a big shift of being colleagues, and having that same level of respect. I get to use kind of what I was taught and pass it on to the next generation. So it’s been really good.
The Artisan: What is something you’re looking forward to teaching your students?
Baines: Well, as of right now, I teach ballet and modern [dance] within the dance department, and then with musical theatre I do ballet, modern, and jazz, so it’s more so instilling the basic technique that they can use for when they go on auditions, and trying to get to that company, or any type of backup dancer type job or anything like that on Broadway. Making sure they have the fundamentals that they need to, basically, secure the job.
The Artisan: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Baines: This is kind of nerdy, I would say Egypt. I do know that I have some ancestry in Egypt, but also my favorite movie is The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns. So I kind of want to, y’know, live my mummy vibes over there.