Photo by Mike Taing
Annalee Traylor is a NYC based freelance choreographer and teaching artist. She is a high school graduate of the North Carlolina School of the Arts and obtained her BFA from Point Park University. During her time in Pittsburgh, she became a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (top 25 in Dance Magazine) where she established her professional roots. Touring nationally and abroad, she has had the honor of working with renowned choreographers including but not limited to: Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Earl Mosley, Kevin Wynn, and Kevin Iega Jeff. As a freelance dancer, she has performed with multiple companies/projects including No)one Art House, LA Rock Opera, BrockusRED, Clairobscur Dance Co, C. Eule Dance, Pennington Dance Group, and slowdanger. Her work has been presented at various venues and curated showcases nationally and abroad including Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Hudson Guild Theatre (NYC), Maaspoduim (Rotterdam NLD), The Dance Alloy (Pgh), Dance Canvas (Atl), newMoves contemporary dance festival (Pgh), Los Angeles Dance Festival, and The Young Choreographer's Festival (NYC).
Her dance film “the ninety9” won third place at the Front and Main Festival in Temecula, CA and has been shown in Seattle, Brooklyn, Rome, Battle Lake, MN, and at the American Dance Festival. Annalee was selected to participate in a six week choreographic residency, Terra Nova, directed by esteemed choreographer Rosanna Gamson, and she was also an Emerging Artist Resident with Periapsis Music and Dance. Composer, Hilary Purrington, and Traylor's collaboration "Conjuring MAEJHH" was chosen to premiere in Periapsis' spring 2019 season. Commissions include Texture Contemporary Ballet, Point Park International Summer Dance, REED DANCE, REED Dance II, Infra Dance Company (Carnegie Mellon U), Montclair High School Dance Company and Dance Canvas' 10th Anniversary Show. Her work was also presented at the iconic 38th Battery Dance Festival in NYC and at The Dance Gallery Festival in both NYC and Texas in 2019. Residencies also include Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA.
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In addition to creating, Ms. Traylor feels a personal responsibility to share her passion and knowledge with younger generations. She has taught master classes throughout the United States, at numerous summer intensives, and been on faculty at schools on the east and west coasts. She is also on faculty at the only YPAD certified competition in the world: the guiDANCE experience.
She has taught and choreographed for students who have won the regional Youth Grand Prix and have gone on to perform in the YAGP finals as well as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson. She is currently on faculty at DanceWave in Brooklyn and is the primary ballet instructor at the award winning Legworks Dance Studio. She is also a certified classical Pilates instructor through prestigious Romana's Pilates.
View Annalee's teaching reel here