Taylor Foster, a junior at Anna High School, competed in the CoDance dance convention in Dallas the weekend of March 22. Foster danced her solo tap number to the song of "Say Hey" and won first place in the senior division. She also won a tap scholarship, promising her a five-day tap intensive in Los Angeles with the company Tap into the Network. This is a huge honor as only 40 individuals, of all ages, are invited to attend. Foster had been working for this moment since she was three years old and took her first tap class in Anna’s own Dance Time.
When Foster showed her love for dance she moved studios and continued her dance education. At age six she joined a competition dance team and started to take more styles of dance. Foster now takes styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, point, lyrical, modern, hip hop and contemporary. In the past, Foster has been invited to many national dance competitions. This year is no different as she was asked to go to both Hollywood Vibe and CoDance nationals. Each year since age six, Foster has won multiple awards and received recognition for her dances.
Along with all her dance, Taylor is also a member of the Youth Actors Guild (YAG) in McKinney. This is an organization for young actors, giving them the opportunity to perform in plays. This organization meets two days a month to work on exercises, workshops, lessons and even theatre games. They also put on plays in McKinney’s Performing Arts Center. Foster played Kit in a one-act play called Who Murdered Who in the fall.
None of Foster’s success comes without sacrifice. She has missed attending many sporting events, dances, and other school activities, plus not being able to participate in school activities, parties and hanging out with her friends.
Foster spends the majority of her day at school attending all honors and AP classes, holding the position of third in her class ranking. She then hurries to dance in McKinney at a premier dance studio — Dancer Strong Academy. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Foster teaches kids ages 3 to 13 tap and hip hop. She also assists in preparing the mini company.
After teaching, Foster then puts in time to perfecting her dance talents, often not getting home until 10 p.m. on weeknights and after 3 p.m. on Saturday, racking up approximately 25 hours of dance per week. In addition to perfecting her dancing skills, Taylor has also choreographed dances for plays at Anna Middle School and Scott Johnson middle school in McKinney.
For the last three summers, Foster has lived in Los Angeles. While in L.A., she attends dance classes at the prestigious The Edge dance studio. The Edge features well-known dance instructors and choreographers that many of us have seen on the show So You Think You Can Dance and who have worked with such names as J-Lo, Taylor Swift, Pussy Cat Dolls, Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga.
Not only does Foster work on her dance skills while in L.A.,, she works on her acting skills with acting coach Chambers Stevens. To work with Stevens is by invitation only, and Foster has been working with him for four years, honing her talents in acting, auditioning, and learning the "in’s and out’s" of the acting industry. She now assists him in his boot camp during the summer and recently got back from Los Angeles where she worked with him during spring break.
Foster has made television appearances in such spots as a Just Dance 3 commercial and a commercial for VisionWorks which she got due to her agent in Dallas, The Horne Agency.
Foster will once again head to L.A. this summer to work on her dance at The Edge, work with Stevens and for one week in July she will be attending the tap intensive she won at the competition over the March 22 weekend. At the intensive she will be working with Gregg Russell, Angela Carter, Ryan Lohoff and other tap masters, something this young lady has worked hard to achieve.