Annalee Traylor is a NYC based freelance choreographer and educator. She is a high school graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and obtained her BFA cum laude from Point Park University where she was awarded the Nicole Marie Falbo Scholarship. During her time in Pittsburgh, she became a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (top 25 in Dance Magazine 2012) 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 artist, she has performed with multiple companies/projects including No)one Art House, Voices Carry Inc., LA Rock Opera, BrockusRED, Clairobscur Dance Co, C. Eule Dance, Pennington Dance Group, Dolly Sfeir, and slowdanger.
Her work has been presented at various venues nationally and abroad including the Ailey CItigroup Theatre (NYC), Sam Houston State University's Performing Arts Center (Huntsville, TX), Mimoda Theatre (LA),Highways Performance Space (LA), Hudson Guild Theatre (NYC), Maaspoduim (Rotterdam NLD), The Dance Alloy (Pgh), Gibney (NYC), Green Space (NYC), The Ferst Center for the Arts (Atl), the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre (Pgh), Diavolo Performance Space (LA), Battery Park for Battery Dance Festival (NYC), Point Park University's George Roland White Theatre (Pgh), New Hazlett Theatre (Pgh), Kumble Theatre (Brooklyn, NY), Succop Theatre at Butler County Community College (Butler, PA) and Symphony Space (NYC).
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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 Terra Nova, a choreographic residency directed by Rosanna Gamson in 2017, the Emerging Artist Residency with Periapsis Music and Dance in 2018, and she was also a residency at Highways Performance Space in 2019. Commissions include Texture Contemporary Ballet, Point Park International Summer Dance, REED DANCE, REED Dance II, Infra Dance Company (Carnegie Mellon University , Montclair High School Dance Company, Periapsis Music and Dance, 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.
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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 has been a guest teaching artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Sam Houston State University, Point Park University, Slippery Rock University, Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, and The Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh among others. She has taught and choreographed for youth ensembles such as REED Dance II in Pittsburgh and DanceWave in Brooklyn. Ms. Traylor is also on faculty at Point Park International Summer Dance as well as the guiDANCE experience, the only Youth Protection Advocates in Dance certified competition and convention in the world.
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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. Annalee was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer Award for her work, Edge and Grace, at the 2020 regional YAGP competition in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently on faculty at DanceWave in Brooklyn and is a guest artist for the online teaching platform, Ballet Together. She is also a certified classical Pilates instructor through prestigious Romana's Pilates.
View Annalee's teaching reel here