Gary Taylor Dance

Gary Taylor Dance offers training in all genres for dancers ages 3-adult. Join the only not-for-profit, preprofessional dance company in the Sandhills.

As the Sandhills’ only not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) dance studio, Gary Taylor Dance (a division of Winston-Salem Festival Ballet) provides pre-professional training and arts education for aspiring dance & theatre artists.

A not-for-profit organization, Taylor Dance provides pre-professional training for aspiring dance & theatre artists as well as arts education in Southern Pines.

IYT Presents 'Little Mermaid Jr.'

Join us this weekend! Take a delightful journey under the sea with Ariel and her second- through sixth-grade aquatic friends in Imagine Youth Theater’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Mark your calendars!

Make sure your weekend plans this month include upcoming local theater performances!

We've got an amazing local youth theater weekend ahead of us!

After you've picked up your tickets for NEXT weekend's "The Little Mermaid, JR," THIS WEEKEND be sure to catch West Pine Middle School's "Frozen JR." (at Owen's Auditorium) and the O'Neal School's "The Wizard of Oz."

Break a leg to the IYT kids taking to the stage in these casts:
Frozen JR - Sarah Archer, Hazel Thompson, Taylor Newcomb, and Evie Miller
Wizard of Oz - Ana Huesa, Max Epstein, Judy Goetzl, Nik Epstein, Matthew Fisher, Carson Pusser, and Callie McHarney

We're so proud of all of you! Can't wait to see you perform.

Regional Dance America/Southeast


▪️ Outstanding Soloist Award ▪️⁠

Regional Dance America’s Outstanding Soloist program strives to further the development and growth of young RDA dancers by creating new discovery opportunities through solo performances. The RDA Outstanding Soloist program is an educational opportunity for dancers to receive personalized, constructive feedback on a solo performance from RDA’s world-class adjudicators.⁠
The program seeks to cultivate excellence and nurture the artists of tomorrow! 💫 Additionally, selected Outstanding Soloists in each Region will gain one-of-a-kind exposure by performing their solo at the Regional festival. ⁠

This program, sponsored by Eurotard Dancewear, began last year and we were so proud of Rachael Dean (High Point Ballet) for performing as the first ever RDA/Southeast Eurotard Outstanding Soloist!! "The Warrior" was choreographed by Artistic Director, Gary Taylor.⁠

This year, Carol Smitherman Anglin, will mentor over 20 young dancers across the Southeast who are auditioning their solos for consideration. Wishing all the best to each dancer! ❤️⁠

🩰: @rachael.marion⁠
Choreography: @gdogtaylor @hpballetnc⁠
📸: Abigail Photos
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Imagine Youth Theater

❄️ "The Little Mermaid JR" rehearsal is canceled for this evening.

Please make sure that you're completely off book as we'll begin full show runs on Monday! Thank you. 🧜‍♀️


Imagine Youth Theater presents "The Little Mermaid JR." March 13-14

Get your tickets now! Join IYT's junior cast (grades 2-6) as they journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disn

Regional Dance America/Southeast

Let the tour begin! Our adjudicator, Carol Smitherman Anglin, is traveling to High Point, NC this evening. First to adjudicate is High Point Ballet! Wishing all the best to High Point Ballet's Dancers, Faculty and Choreographers.⁠⠀
. . .⁠⠀
Choreographed by Artistic Director, Gary Taylor, "M's Rhapsody" was performed on the 2019 Festival Gala Concert in Athens, GA. This beautiful work was created as a tribute to the late, Mel Tomlinson 💜⁠⠀
🩰: @hpballetnc⁠⠀
Choreography: @gdogtaylor⁠⠀
📸: Abigail Photos⠀
. . .⁠⠀
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Merde to High Point Ballet!

It's RDA/SE Adjudication Day for High Point Ballet. Welcome Adjudicator Carol Anglin!

Mark your calendars for "The Little Mermaid JR"!

Let us be part of your world!

Imagine Youth Theater's junior cast presents "The Little Mermaid JR!"
Friday, March 13 at 7PM
Friday, March 14 at 2PM
Hannah Theater at the O'Neal School

Join Ariel, Flounder, and friends for this fabulous family show!

Tickets available online and at the door. Door prices will include online fees.

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet Presents: Gary Taylor’s Dancing Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Rakowski

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet brings the art of dance and live music together as Artistic Director, Gary Taylor, along with pianists Chris Heckman, Pamela Howland, Barbara Lister-Sink, and friends celebrate these timeless classics.

Ticket prices $35.00 & $30.50
Student rush $20.00 – 15 minutes before curtain with student ID (Prices include tax and fees)

March 13 & 14 at 8:00pm at Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101

For more information and tickets, visit:

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Weather alert! Classes scheduled *after* 6 pm tonight are cancelled. However, we want everyone to be safe, so determine attendance of afternoon classes based on the conditions in your area. We'll update our schedule if conditions change. Thank you!

Local Teacher Chosen for Honor

Congratulations to Amy Turner Bonds, one our very favorite teachers and Gary Taylor Dance's Director of Philanthropy. The children of Moore County are fortunate to have you. We are so proud of you! Epic!, the leading digital playground for kids that reaches over 10 million young readers across the world, has announced that Amy Bonds, from Vass-Lakeview Elementary School, was recently selected to

Mark your calendars for our 2020-2021 performing member auditions on Sunday, March 1st!

Additional information, including the audition time for your age/skill level, can be found on our website:

High Point Ballet

We have cried, we have shared stories and laughs, and now we celebrate him. Sedrick Gillespie's Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, February 1st at 1pm, at the Holy Way Sanctuary Deliverance Church, 844 Eagle Springs Road, Eagle Springs, NC 27242

High Point Ballet

The High Point Ballet lost a very dear, beloved member of our dance family on January 23, 2020. Sedrick Gillespie began performing In High Point Ballet's Nutcracker as early as 2002 and went on to be a lead dancer and instructor. He will be greatly missed by all. Photos by Gary Taylor, Richard Calmes, and Katherine Stamey

Sedrick Gillespie organized by Rita Taylor Rita Taylor Sedrick Gillespie We have lost a beloved member of our dance family. Sedrick Gillespie passed away on Jan 23 after a long illness. We are reaching

Gary Taylor Dance's cover photo

Our hearts are heavy tonight. Rest in peace, Sedrick.

We've lost a beloved member of our WSFB dance family much too early. Join us in celebrating his life. Photos by Gary Taylor, Brent LaFever, and Thompson Creative.

As a reminder, we are closed Monday, January 20th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Taylor Dance Alumni Have Gone On to Successful Careers

At Gary Taylor Dance, we couldn't be prouder of our alumni and the many wonderful things they've gone on to accomplish! Thank you to The Pilot Newspaper for highlighting their achievements: Gary and Rita Taylor have been providing arts education programs as well as a vast repertoire of classical and contemporary dance works for the past 40 years.

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[01/01/20]   Happy New Year! Just a reminder that regular classes resume Thursday, January 2nd!

Imagine Youth Theater

Join us "Under the Sea..."

The Little Mermaid JR.
Sat., 1/4, 11:30AM-1PM or
Mon., 1/6, 4-5:30PM
250D Olmsted Blvd.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings from Imagine Youth Theater and the cast of "Elf the Musical JR!"

A Special ‘Nutcracker’ for a Special Audience

Many thanks to The Pilot Newspaper and Deb Salomon for this lovely article about our sensory-friendly performance of Gary Taylor's Nutcracker. We're already looking forward to next year! During the holiday season — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year — many good works, many tender moments happen. Some are lauded, others go unnoticed. I found one that shall

Our last showing of The Nutcracker is at 2pm today at the High Point Theatre--don't miss this magical holiday classic!

Still looking for the perfect Holiday gift? Give the gift of entertainment, make sweet memories with those you love! Call the HP Theatre box office at 336.887.3001 (Mon-Fri, 12-5 pm) for show tickets and gift certificates. And, just a little reminder, High Point Ballet presents The Nutcracker and Land of the Sweets, this Thursday 12/19 - Sunday, 12/22. Visit for details.

Join us in High Point at 7:30pm for opening night:

We are jumping for joy! IT’S OPENING NIGHT! See you tonight at 7:30pm!

📸: Gary Taylor Photography

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We have eight more performances of The Nutcracker this week in High Point – come and join us for another round!

We are in the theatre! See you later this week with show the 19th-22nd!

#nutcracker #hpb #hpnc #artsinhp #holidayactivities #holidaytraditions

High Point Ballet

The Best Snow is on stage! Get your Nutcracker Tickets today!

Imagine Youth Theater

TONIGHT is opening night for a show that will make you feel all "Sparklejollytwinklejingley:"


Bring the family to join Buddy, Jovie, and IYT's junior cast as they take you on this charming musical tale with Christmas spirit.

Hannah Theater, the O'Neal School

Tickets are available online up to 12 hours before curtain, and then pre-show at the door. All door prices include online fees and taxes.

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Imagine Youth Theater

One LAST CHANCE to see this incredible show:

Hannah Theater at the O'Neal School

Opening night last night was nothing short of amazing. Don't miss!

Tickets are available at the door: $22 for adults and $16 for students

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Imagine Youth Theater


Imagine Youth Theater presents RENT (School Edition)

SATURDAY, Dec. 14, 2PM
Hannah Theater at the O'Neal School, Southern Pines

Tickets available now online or at the door (door prices include online fees and taxes):…/imagine-youth-theater

With this ground-breaking rock musical, our students are taking on themes of love, loss, and acceptance, and we couldn't be prouder of their talent and dedication!

Sponsored by Sandhills PRIDE

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements by Tim Well
Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson
Dramaturg Lynn Thomason

RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffry Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop

School Edition specifically adapted and licensed by MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL

RENT SCHOOL EDITION is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Photo Credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Imagine Youth Theater

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" -- ELF the MUSICAL JR.

SATURDAY, Dec. 14, 7PM
SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 3:30PM
Hannah Theater at the O'Neal School

Join Buddy, Santa, and IYT's Junior crew as they bring to life the spirited holiday favorite "Elf the Musical JR." A terrific way to bring in the Christmas joy for the whole family.

Tickets available online and at the door: (door prices include online fees and tax)

Our thanks to The Pilot!

Imagine Youth Theater

Don't miss "ELF the MUSICAL JR," a true holiday delight for the whole family!

Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:00PM
Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:30PM
Hannah Theater at the O'Neal School

Tickets on sale now and at the door (door prices incorporate online fees and taxes):

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his musical quest to find his true identity. As a young orphan, he mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father (who's on the Naughty List!) and discover his true identity. He’s determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Get your tickets now to both shows--you don't want to miss them!

Tickets are NOW on sale for IYT's productions of "RENT (School Edition)" & "Elf the Musical JR":

They're going to go fast, so get 'em early. All seating is reserved seating.

Special thanks to Sandhills Pride for their sponsorship of RENT!

This #GivingTuesday, please consider a donation to Gary Taylor Dance, a division of Winston-Salem Festival Ballet. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and the home of Imagine Youth Theater.

We rely on generous donor support to aid us in our commitment to excellence in the performing arts including training, performances, and special projects. In addition to purchasing performance tickets, your tax-deductible donation can go a long way in keeping the vision alive.

Your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law and can be made securely online by clicking this link ==> Thank you!!

Today at 2pm is the final Sandhills performance of "Gary Taylor's Nutcracker." Friday and Saturday's shows were at capacity and received rave reviews and standing ovations, so you don't want to miss it!

If you haven't already purchased your tickets to today's matinee, they will be available at the door. See you at the show!

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

What a delight for our dancers to open "Gary Taylor's Nutcracker" to a nearly sold-out audience and standing ovation. Thank you all!

If you haven't already purchased your tickets to today's 2:00pm matinee, they will be available at the door. See you at the show!

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

Thank you to our community for the support of our recent sensory-friendly performance of “Gary Taylor’s Nutcracker”! It takes a village to plan and implement this type of program, and we wanted to say a special thank you to the members of our village. The most amazing thing about these individuals is that they do not have children who dance with the company. What they do have is a belief is that children are children first, that they should have access to all the magic that the holidays can bring them in a space that feels safe and special just for them, and that within all of us there is a child that needs to know that there are people who love and accept them exactly as they are.

• Le-Arne Kelly-Morrissett at Beautopia Salon—thank you for using your connections and your heart for children in our community to help us get started with the "who" in our community who could help us get on our way.
•Betsy Black—mother of special needs child and tremendous resource regarding the special needs community in our area. We may not have known where to begin without you!
• Dream Catcher Studio — Namaste with Kelly (Kelly Fagan and Andrea Bridges)—thank for providing and running the Quiet Area; having a safe space to decompress when things are "too much " is essential for sensory needs performances. Your resources and knowledge were invaluable!
• Karen Habenstein (and her husband Keith)—thank you for running and managing our promotional outreach for this program. Your tireless efforts and personal dedication (even face painting!) helped to make this a success.
• Kimberly Brock Fielder-Jones —thank you for preparing our performers and volunteers for this show. This training helped us to understand how small accommodations can make big differences. Unfettered joy is a delight to behold when sitting in this special audience.
•Mac Smith—thank you for adjusting the lighting and sound yet continuing keep the magic of this Christmas classic intact for all to enjoy.

Photo credit: Gary Taylor Photography

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250D Olmsted Blvd.
Southern Pines, NC

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Tuesday 14:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 14:00 - 21:00
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