LEADERSHIP

Artistic Directors

  • Paul Taylor
    Paul Taylor
    Founding Director
  • Michael Novak
    Michael Novak
    Artistic Director

Rehearsal Directors

  • Bettie de Jong
    Bettie de Jong
  • Andy LeBeau
    Andy LeBeau
  • Cathy McCann
    Cathy McCann

Director of Education

  • Carolyn Adams
    Carolyn Adams

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PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom | left to right) Header photo of  Artistic Director Michael Novak with Rehearsal Directors Bettie de Jong and Andy LeBeau int the Taylor studios, Whitney Browne; portrait of Paul Taylor by Jack Mitchell; portraits of  Novak, de Jong, and Cathy McCann by Bill Wadman; portrait of Carolyn Adams by Rob Kahn.



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Bettie de Jong

Bettie de Jong was born in Sumatra, Indonesia, and in 1946 moved to Holland, where she continued her early training in dance and mime. Her first professional engagement was with the Netherlands Pantomime Company. After coming to New York City to study at the Martha Graham School, she performed with the Graham Company, the Pearl Lang Company, John Butler and Lucas Hoving, and was seen on CBS- TV with Rudolf Nureyev in a duet choreographed by Paul Taylor. Ms. de Jong joined the Taylor Company in 1962. Noted for her strong stage presence and long line, she was Mr. Taylor’s favorite dancing partner and, as Rehearsal Director, was his surrogate in the studio and on tour for more than 40 years. In 2019, she received the 2019 Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching Award from American Dance Festival for her substantial contributions to the sustainment of the Taylor legacy.

Bettie de Jong

Sharon Kinney, Renee Kimball, and Bettie de Jong in Piece Period, photo by Martha Swope.

 

Andy LeBeau

Andy LeBeau was raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a B.F.A. in dance in 1993. He then moved to New York City to be one of the original members of Taylor 2. Two years later he was invited to join Paul Taylor Dance Company. After retiring from the stage in 2005, Andy served as Director of The Taylor School, then Director of Taylor 2, Company Manager, and Rehearsal Assistant to Mr. Taylor. He was appointed Rehearsal Director in Winter 2018.

Andy LeBeau and Paul Taylor in rehearsal, photo by Whitney Browne.

 

Cathy McCann

Cathy McCann was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for 13 years. Among the 18 dances Mr. Taylor made on her were Mercuric TidingsBrandenburgsMusical Offering and Sunset. She was featured in five Taylor television specials, including the 1991 Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues. In 1991, Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to join the White Oak Dance Project, where she performed works by Mark Morris and Lar Lubovitch. Ms. McCann has staged Taylor dances for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Washington Ballet, among others, and her own choreography has been presented at New York City Center. She has been a faculty member of Adelphi University, Barnard College and Hofstra University, and has taught at the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She was appointed Director of Taylor 2 in March 2019, and became Rehearsal Director in May 2020.

Ken Tosti and Cathy McCann in Roses, photo by Jack Mitchell.

Carolyn Adams
Carolyn Adams is a renowned dance educator who has dedicated her life to transforming the lives of dancers, dance-lovers, and students of all interests, abilities and backgrounds. Her insights on modern dance, coupled with a passion for inspiring others to find and nurture their artistry, provides the leadership for Taylor School students to advance. Ms. Adams joined the Paul Taylor Company in 1965. During her 17-year career with the Company, she created roles in such Taylor masterpieces as Esplanade, Airs, Cloven Kingdom, Arden Court, Polaris, and Big Bertha, and distinguished herself in Taylor’s classic Aureole.
Ms. Adams is a life-long dance educator and advocate. With her sister Julie Adams Strandberg, she co-founded the Harlem Dance Studio, Dancing Legacy and the Repertory Etudes Collection. She is a faculty emerita at The Juilliard School and former director of education at Jacob’s Pillow. She is the founding artistic director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance. Ms. Adams serves as chair of the external affairs committee of the Taylor Board of Advisors. She chaired Dance/USA’s national task force on dance education and she has also been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and for the New York State Council on the Arts. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.S.W. from Fordham University.
“With its amazing body of work, dedicated staff, and talented collaborators, the Taylor School is now positioned to expand all of its educational programs and build new partnerships, both nationally and internationally. Paul Taylor’s work should belong to the world. So, we begin with the children.”
Ms. Adams received the 2019 Martha Hill Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Dance Magazine Award in 2016, an award for Artistic Excellence from the International Association of Blacks in Dance in 2010, and the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching from the American Dance Festival in 2009.

Carolyn is married to former Paul Taylor dancer, Robert Kahn. They have 2 adult children, Sandra and Vitali and a grandson, Gunnie.

Carolyn Adams in West of Eden, photo by Ken Duncan.