Jim Taylor, Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Tap Dance Columnist, and Tap Dance Historian. Jim Taylor, a veteran of over 55 years in the professional dance business, has worked as a dancer/choreographer in approzimately 40 professional musicals onstage, numerous TV shows including the Johnny Carson Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Flip Wilson Show, the “Elvis” Comeback Spacial, Command Performance, People’s Choice Awards, Cinderella, Carousel and a contract dancer on the Hollywood Palace, just to mention a few. He was also featured as the rear end of a tap dancing cow for the national TV commercial and a tap dancing gorilla (Anything to be able to hoof!) for the opening of L.A.’s famous Studio One Disco Club in the early 70’s! Jim appeared in nightclubs around the globe. His motion picture credits include dancing in Mame, Hello Dolly, Darling Lili, the great Train Robbery, Torn Curtain, Star, Blazing Saddles, and the movie “Tap”, with a host of legendary tap dancers. He has been a featured dancer with Debbie Reynolds, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca in nightclubs and on stage, Julie Andrews in motion pictures, Connie Stevens on television and in nightclubs, Steve Condos at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, Betty Grable in the touring company of “Hello Dolly”, plus his most memorable experience, performing live in a four-year world comeback tour as partner to the legendary Ginger Rogers.
Jim has choreographed in Tokyo, Sydney, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City at Radio City Music Hall, and at London’s Royal Shakespeare Company. His television choreography credits include The Ed Sullivan Show, “The Celebration of Tiny Tim & Miss Vicki’s Wedding”, The Tonight Show, “A Soft Shoe” by Connie Stevens & Louis Nye, “A Polonaise” for Days of our Lives, the 1st Annual Science Fiction Awards “Superman Pas De Deux” and “Mabel King Production Number”, PBS “Interview and Performance with Jim Taylor” and PBS “Performance of the Rhythm Rascals.” After choreographing over twenty five professional musicals in the southern California area and Las Vegas, including two years at The English Music Hall in Santa Monica, Jim had the honor of honing his craft, working for eight years as associate choreographer to Academy Award winning choreographer Onna White (Oliver, Music Man, Mame). He worked with her on the pilot of TV’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, a City Center workshop of “Going Hollywood”, the original Pre-Broadway production of “The Three Musketeers”, Gorgio of Beverly Hills “Salute To Fashion Designers”, the “Mame” number with Lucille Ball and did the tap choreography for “Tap Your Troubles Away”, featuring Barbara Eden, the 50th anniversary production and touring company of “The Wizard Of Oz” at Radio City Music Hall and on to London’s Royal Shakespeare Company as associate choreographer and tap choreographer for “Poppy”, an award winning musical running for over a year at London’s famous West End.
He was also the artistic director, choreographer and soloist for ten years in his tap company, the Rhythm Rascals. Jim had the privilege of being the first choreographer to put tap dancing on ice, along with legendary skater Robin Cousins, who directed the 2000 Millennium Production of Holiday On Ice. He has been honored with a Hollywood Dramalog Critic’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Theatre” and was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in “Concert of Love 2002” by Rhapsody In Taps in 2008.