WORKSHOP avec TAJA RILEY les 28 & 29 août 2016 !
Born in New Rochelle, NY and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Taja trained at Denise Wall's Dance Energy and at age 15, won the NYCDA National Teen Outstanding Dancer title. She moved out to LA at the age of 16 to pursue her professional career in entertainment.(Stage Performances)
Taja has toured with Recording Artists Such as Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Nicole Scherzinger and has done work, appearances, and performances with Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Brandy, Diddy, Pitbull, 50 Cent, Keke Palmer, Omarion, and Kanye West just to name a few.(TV/Film Performances)
Taja has worked with Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, and Brian Friedman, assisting them on the hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" and winning an Emmy for the infamous "Addiction" piece. Film and TV credits also include Tyler Perry's movie "For Colored Girls", "Happy Feet 2", "Glee", "The X-Factor USA", and as a TV personality for Oxygen's "All the Right Moves", as well as guest appearances on the popular reality series " Love + Hip Hop". (Choreography)
Assistant Choreography credits include choreography for Britney Spears (Femme Fatale Tour), Demi Lovato (Skyscraper Tour), Beyoncé (Mrs. Carter Tour), and Creative Direction as well as choreography for the Amsterdam TV Show "Dance Dance Dance" (Season 1).
ABOUT HER CLASS :
Taja is trained technically in the styles Ballet , Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, African, Hip-Hop, and Ballroom, but of course features her class around her training in Hip-hop/ Commercial Dance.
Her 90min class contains a stretch and warm-up involving isolations, conditioning, and a little bit of grooving to help get the body geared up for choreography.
Her choreography process is driven by the music and usually involves the marriage of musicality, and dynamic changes in texture of her movement, while igniting the performance quality in her students.
She focuses on social dances, the basic use of club styles, and character driven movement to give every student in the room something that they can relate to, but simultaneously being a challenge for them as well. Aside from her combinations, Taja's most effective and important part of class is her inspirational speaking.
Motivating the students not only through moves, but in relation to life is what pushes her students, and what ultimately helps her connect and share her joy for performing.
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