My guest for Episode 14 is Taryn Kaschock Russell, a dancer, teacher, director, mentor, wife, mother, sister, friend, and all-around wonderful human.
In September of 2019, Taryn embarked on a new journey as the Director of the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y. Before making her way to the Upper East Side, she served on the Artistic leadership team of the Juilliard Dance Division as Associate Director in the 2016-17 and the 2018-19 academic years, and as the Acting Artistic Director in 2017-18. Education is one of her passions, and since relocating to New York in 2013, she has taught both as part of the faculty of the Juilliard School and as a lecturer for the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase. She has also worked as a guest teacher with Abraham in Motion, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), and as a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater when they are in NYC.
From 2008-2013, she directed Hubbard Street 2 programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition. During that time, she also oversaw the production of its first full-length children’s program, Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, which had its premiere at the Kennedy Center to a sold-out house in October of 2010.
Taryn also performed for 12 years in Chicago with both HSDC and The Joffrey Ballet, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. You can read her full bio here.
92Y’s Harkness Mainstage Series at the Kaufman Concert Hall opens tonight with FLOCK (Alice Klock & Florian Lochner). In-person or digital ticket information is here.
- Rogue Ballerina – Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Rogue Ballerina – Exit interview
- Gerald Arpino (Mr. A)
- Joffrey School NY
- Boston Ballet II
- David Parsons
- Appalachian Spring – Martha Graham
- Caught – David Parsons
- Petite Mort – Jiří Kylián
- NDT – Nederlands Dans Theater
- Minus 16 – Ohad Naharin
- Jim Vincent
- Enemy in the Figure – William Forsythe
- Terrence Marling – Common Dance
- Robyn Mineko Williams
- Chicago Movement Collective
- Barbados Dance Project
- Jonathan Fredrickson
Photos by Cheryl Mann, Todd Rosenberg, Guiliano Correia, and gingerb3ardmen.