Dr. Wallace Taylor
Wallace Taylor is a native of British Guyana and has a strong background in health consulting. He has worked with notable organzations such as Georgia State University, The University of West Georgia, DeKalb County Parks and Recreation, and The YWCA to improve their fitness regimes and propagate the study of Fine Arts in the form of Dance, Acting, Pottery, Martial Arts, Musical Performance, and Photography. He created The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts as a medium to spread the benefits of artistic expression. Dr. Wallace Taylor is a professionally trained Latin Dancer and Instructor.
Wallace Taylor has a Bachelor of Science from Georgia State University with concentrations in Exercise Science and Taekwondo and a double Master Degree designation in Taekwondo from Kukkiwon(South Korea). He has also attained a Masters of Business Administration from the Sorrel College of Business of Troy State University and a Masters of Internet Technology from the Terry College of Business at The Univerversity of Georgia. Wallace Taylor recieved his Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business and continues publication in organizational theory, management, and intercultural business. He is currently a Research Associate with Georgia State University where he mentors undergraduate and master's degree business students.
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"Miss Aye" manages The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts. She began with the dance department in October 2011. She enjoys latin dancing(Salsa, Bachata, and Merenge) and performs traditional Thai dances. Miss Aye is also a trained Belly Dance enthusiaist. She is 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and shares her love of the sport by teaching professionally for The Tucker Taekwondo Center.
Miss Aye graduated with a Master of Science from Kasetsart University in Thailand. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in Emory University.
Thaddeaus has over 15 years of experience in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, College dance teams, Trumpet Playing, Singing, Acting, and other areas in the performing arts. Throughout his years of training he has been featured in National and Local Commercials and Ad Campaigns for major companies such as: Gap, Old Navy, JC Penney, Mega Millions Lottery, and more. Thaddeaus is a National Multi-Awarded recipient that has worked with major Choreographers, Artists, Dance Companies such as: Roger Lee and Marty Kudelka, Jodi Smith, SWV, Destiny's Child, and Houston Metropolitan Dance Theatre and principal dancer for Skanova Russian “Nutcracker” ”Sleeping Beauty” the ballet, and several Cameos on television shows such as "America Got Talent",“Bring It”, “SYTYCD” and “Solid Gold”.
Alone with his dance experience, Thaddeaus coach a countless number of women in National Pageants and serves as a mentor for both young men and women within the community. With an active career as a traveling enthusiast in the industry of performing arts he still advocate as an active volunteer for under privilege groups and community base programs.
His philosophy: "Free flowing experience that centers mind, body, and soul. Master your craft, it shouldn't just express emotion, but become emotion" "You do not have to be the best at what you do, but you should be great at everything that you do."
Under the direction of Dr. Wallace Taylor, Valerie Bencosme has excelled as a performing artist and specializes in classical ballet. Ms. Bencosme has instructed since 2008 with Corp's D Dance Company in Puerto Rico. She is proficient in the arts of Classical Ballet, and Jazz. Ms. Bencosme is a first place competitor in dance and martial arts in her naive Puerto Rico and the United States (Florida). Of Puerto Rican origin, Valerie credits her parents for being a major influence in her artistic pursuits.
Ms. Bencosme is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Exercise Science at Georgia State University.
Elizabeth Holland’s experiences in performance art started with acting lessons at a small town Fine Arts Center in South Carolina. She made her first television appearance in 1976 in a commercial for Chrysler Plymouth, moving on to future screen and stage appearances in musical theater and children’s opera productions.
In 1981-’82, Elizabeth landed the title role of “Annie”, winning the role out of over 375 young girls. The production was marked as one of the top grossing productions of the year by South Eastern Theater magazine. As Elizabeth moved forward in her theater career, the need for formal dance training became necessary. She had taken tap and jazz classes, but the need for technique is what led her to the ballet barre.
Elizabeth progressed very quickly as a ballet natural, eventually landing adult roles in Columbia City Ballet productions as both an Apprentice, Company Corps de Ballet and Soloist. She then continued her studies to attend the North Carolina School for the Arts and the Boston Ballet School. In Boston, Elizabeth began her Apprenticeship with the Company’s Boston Ballet II.
Elizabeth has worked as a company member, guest artist and freelance dancer for many companies and productions across the country. She became involved in aerial silk, and traveled the nation as an aerial acrobat, as well. Miss Holland is looking forward to working with young people again, and she hopes to help these aspiring dancers find the same joy and discipline in dance as she experienced in her own childhood.