Taylor 2 Dancers

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

April 12 , 1996

Taylor 2 Dancers to Perform

By Ellie Walradth
UW-RF News Bureau

Taylor 2, the newest company of dancers in the internationally acclaimed Paul Taylor's Dance Foundation, will perform at UW-River Falls on May 6.

The performance is set for 8 p.m. in the North Hall auditorium. Admission is free for students and $5 for the public.

Under the auspices of Wisconsin Dance on Tour, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 have begun a four-week tour to 22 Wisconsin communities.

Described by the New York Times as "one of the most exciting, innovative and delightful dance companies in the entire world," the 17-member Paul Taylor Dance Company has performed in over 400 American cities and in 60 nations.

Taylor 2, the next generation of Taylor dancers, is a six-member company that was established in 1993 to take the works of Paul Taylor into smaller venues and educational settings.

In its short history, Taylor 2 has logged over 50 performances domestically and abroad.

Both companies are strong, talented vehicles for carrying the athleticism, humor, lyricism and control of Taylor's works into the diverse communities and theaters of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Dance on Tour, representatives of the 22 communities and the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation have worked together for over two years planning this tour. It is supported by several foundations and is the most ambitious and far-reaching project in the five-year history of Wisconsin Dance on Tour program.

Wisconsin Dance on Tour was founded to develop excited and knowledgeable Wisconsin dance audiences through performances and educational activities by some of this country's finest dance companies.

As with all previous Wisconsin Dance on Tour projects, this project has a Wisconsin connection as well. Leajato Amara Robinson, a Taylor 2 dancer, is a Wisconsin native.

Robinson is a 1994 graduate of the Juilliard School with a bachelor's in dance and also is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he received a Young Artist Award.

He has performed numerous works for musical theater, ballet and children's outreach programs through the Milwaukee Ballet, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Lincoln Center Institute.

For more information about the Taylor 2 performance, call the UW-RF Wyman Performance Series at 715/425-3904.

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