Taylor Schmuelgen is a choreographer and dancer based in Austin, Texas. She is currently completing a BFA in Dance, a BS in Exercise Science, and a minor in Arts Management and Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently performs with Dance Repertory Theatre, Dance Action, and is a freelance artist in the Austin area. Her choreographic work has been commissioned by organizations such as the Cohen New Works Festival, the TEDx program, and Revolve: A Movement Display. As an artist, she is interested in creating accessible work that is in consistent conversation with the world in which she lives. She is currently inspired by the people we surround ourselves with at different times in our lives, and how the community we create shapes our response to the challenges we are presented with, and the ways in which the audience is able to engage with her work. As a teacher and an artist, she values creating a safe space for movement exploration and self-expression. She believes that by creating an environment to explore and question, her students will experience the power and the freedom that movement creates.