Another Successful ETD/NCG! by Andrew Tran

Looking back on the 2017 ETD/NCG Studio Showing, I am so proud of what our recipients accomplished. Each year hundreds of applications are submitted to our panel that work tirelessly to narrow it down to the top three. Being that there is so much incredible talent in New York, we tried to find choreographers with potential to create a new work in progress, which we produce with an open studio showing at the end of 3 months at NYLA. I am so impressed by the work created by Nick Rodrigues, Robert Burke, and Rachel Hettinger. The show was diverse and had wonderful feedback from the audience. I look forward to see how their work develops and what the future holds for them. For more about our Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant (ETD/NCG), please visit us online at

To follow their journeys in NYC ...

Robert Mark Burke: @robertmarkdance

Nick Rodrigues: @nicknitro3393

Rachel M. Hettinger: @metaphors&similesDANCE



Eryc Taylor's Visit in Merida, Mexico! by Andrew Tran

A lot has happened since I returned from Mexico on May 24th, but reflecting back on my five day visit, I had an incredible time as a guest judge during the International Dance America Dance Contest in Merida, Yucatán, held at the beautiful José Peón Contreras Theater! I was a little apprehensive about judging a dance competition knowing that it was a tremendous amount of work (9 hours for three days straight) however, witnessing the incredible talent of the young aspiring dancers made for an extremly rewarding experience. 

Thank you so much to my colleagues and new friends Juan Hernandez, Chief Dance Critic of El Universal, and Cristóbal Ocaña, the Director, who orchestrated this mega event. We awarded every participant with a Bronze, Silver, or Gold metal and the top 5 winners received the opportunity to to travel to New York City next Spring and take workshops led by ETD.

During my trip, I also took time to visit the girls who live at Casá Crisal, a home with the objective of helping abused girls and adolescents rediscover the desire to live and reintegrate into society, ready to fight for their happiness.* On past tours, they had taken our ETD workshops, so they were very excited to see me and talk about world traveling, dance, and the arts. They even shared special jewelry with me to bring back to my dancers in NYC! We look forward to working with them again this Fall during our third tour to Mexico. For information on this program and how to donate, visit our website

ETD Performs at Dancers for Good on June 3rd by Andrew Tran

On June 3rd, 2016 at 8am, ETD and I traveled to East Hampton with some of the most influential dancers in the contemporary dance world. Being one of the first contemporaries asked to join the evening's bill, to say that we are honored is an understatement! Our invitation to perform came from Michael Appuzo, co-founder of the Dancers for Good Foundation and current Paul Taylor Dance Company member.

The gala was hosted by actress, singer, and dancer Bebe Neuwirth, and included performances by Paul Taylor Dance, principal dancers from New York City Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, ROCK the Ballet, Broadway Dance Lab, Oui Danse, a premiere by Broadway dancers, and us! ETD performed "Song for Cello and Piano" with Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, Graham Cole, and AJ Guevara with original music by Daniel Tobias.

The 2017 Dancers for Good Gala benefits The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers at The Actors Fund and the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. Thank you to our hosts Michael Apuzzo, Eric Gunhus, David Nickle, Hal Rubinstein, and Bebe Neuwirth. I would also like to thank Daniel Tobias for composing our beautiful music, and Scooter LaForge for creating unique and innovative costumes. The piece would be nothing without our collaboration. 

All proceeds were gifted to The Dancer’s Resource of The Actors Fund and The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. So even though the event is over, please continue to do good by donating to these amazing organizations!

The Actors Fund:

The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation:

I am so proud of my dancers and all they accomplished this weekend and am looking forward to all of the upcoming events ETD has coming up in the Fall!

Follow us online @ErycTaylorDance for more information.




ETD Recording at Germano Studios by Andrew Tran

I am so excited to share this incredible news! On May 15th at the famous Germano Studios, Stephan Michael Smith, American symphonic and choral conductor, conducted fourteen musicians to record four original scores for our 2017 Season. These scores include Daniel Tobias’ original Suite of Scores; Song for Cello and Piano (2010), The Missing (2010), and his newest addition, The Lure (2017).

This is an incredible opportunity for ETD and we are so grateful that these musicians donated their time to make this happen. Original compositions are something that is very important to me. I believe it is what sets my work apart from other contemporaries. Collaborating with musicians is a crucial part of my creative process. Without this inspiration, I would be left wanting more!

A GIANT thank you to the following musicians for making this collaboration possible:

Daniel Tobias (writer)

Salomon Lerner (writer)

Stephan Michael Smith (Conductor)

Lori Miller Abbott (violin)

Janice Ahn (violin)

Jennifer Ahn (violin)

Boris Baev (oboe)

Sandy Kaplan (cello)

Yaroslav Kargin (viola)

Nathaniel LaNasa (piano)

Sarah Ludwiczak (viola)

Matt Pavolka (bass)

Debbie Sepe (cello)

Helene Silverman (violin)

Phil Smith (bass)

Diane Weber (violin)

Alex Johnson (violin)

The music will be premiere during my fall New York City Season at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.


Newest member on #teamETD, ALEXIS! by Andrew Tran

I am very excited to welcome Alexis Amundarain to the ETD Team as our 2017 Summer intern! 

Originally from Ellington, CT, Alexis is a rising senior at the University of the Arts pursuing her BFA in Dance and a minor in photography. She has been dancing for over fifteen years and has worked with some incredible choreographers, including Kim Bears Bailey, Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, and Andrea Miller.

Alexis enjoys experimenting with technology and dance to create, document, and perform works that push the boundaries of performance. Her goal is to find a balance between the two that allow for authenticity and accurate portrayal of emotions and 

feelings. She hopes to use dance as a way to inform and question society's current construct ranging from the individual to the collection of all people. Alexis fully believes in the power of dance to transform and impact perspectives, she sees technology as a resourceful, and realistic, way of reaching the people who aren't naturally drawn to art. Upon graduating, Alexis aspires to join a company where she can continue to perform and choreograph alongside her interest in photography.

For the next four months, Alexis will be working alongside my Company Manager, Nicole Baker. Beside her work on the administrative side of ETD, she will also be attending rehearsals to learn repertory and assist me and Nicole. We couldn't be more grateful for her help, especially her photography expertise, and cannot wait to begin working!

Stay tuned for updates on her experience in New York City working with Eryc Taylor Dance!