Kaylan is a born dancer. She grew up training in reputable dance studios where she had the privilege of studying classical and modern ballet, lyrical dance, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop and musical theatre. For over 15 years Kaylan enjoyed the hard work and dedication necessary to create a successful career on the global competitive circuit. Upon turning 18 she decided to push her career to a professional level. Deciding to venture out of her modern ballet comfort zone, she auditioned and joined the DLM Performing Dance Company. Here she flourished under the direction of Danny Davalos and Luther Brown (Do Dat Entertainment).
DLM provided the training and opportunity to continue to grow as a dancer and choreographer. Branching out from this, Kaylan began to run a private dance company Regiment 15, where her performance and choreography skills were further developed and highlighted. Training continued in the Millenium Dance Complex in Los Angeles under the instruction of incredible talents including Shane Sparks, Damien Davis, Marty Kudelka and Shotyme.
Time at the Millenium Dance Complex was cut short by the onset of a serious illness that threatened to permanently end Kaylan’s dance career. After learning to walk again, she regained the full use of her body and athleticism through the practice of yoga. Daily practice lead to a profound love of the yogic arts and principles, and Kaylan decided to become a teacher specializing in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, as well as Meditation.
With a fresh fire for dance, Kaylan has been hard at work building her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer – and combining it all with yoga. She now teaches specialized workshops for dancers that combine breathing techniques as well as training designed to protect against injury, balance the body and enhance regular dance practice.
There is no limit to achievement. No dream that can’t come true; So long as you let your heart lead, and work passionately in all you do.
What Would Your Perfect Day Consist Of?
Waking up just before the sun to practice yoga and meditate. This is followed by the eating of freshly home made waffles (shout outs to Starving Artist) and fresh fruit with coffee that by some sort of magic contains neither carcenogens nor pesticide residue. I like it steaming hot with a double shot of skim milk and a tsp of unrefined brown sugar. From here I head out the door without feeling like I need make up or high heels. I head to work – which in a perfect day would be a blend of teaching dance, dancing, and teaching yoga.
The day spills over into night, and I break to grab a bite to eat with a bunch of friends, loved ones and other people. Where we are eating there is a live local band rocking out, and the show is fressshh. We end up rockin out just a little, but have to leave to get ready for our own performance.
We get to the venue on time, everything is good to go. Sound, lights, people lined up around the block to get tickets. 50% of ticket sales to be donated to charity – just saying. Dress rehearsals have been seamless the past few days, so the nerves are behaving like stressless belly butterflies. It’s exciting. Cue is called, stepping out onto the stage the crowd erupts – which makes me want to cry for the joy of it all.
Performance is a best. I know I’ve entertained and planted some good seeds of independant thought, living fearlessly and loving life and everything in it. Pack up quick. Go home and eat ice cream with a glass of good wine…because on a perfect day they go well together, and bypass my fat cells. Stretch out a little. Head to bed. Read. Write. Reflect. Pray. Sleep sound.
That would be the most perfect day possible at this point in my life.
What keeps you dancing?
Absolute joy. Dance gives me energy, and is how I prefer to spend the majority of my energy. It is a place that I go where I can burn, explore, develop, learn, feel utterly beautiful, gain understanding alter perspective through discovering new shapes, movements, abilities, realize and respect the different parts of me….plus it keeps me in shape. It is where I am most comfortable creating. I can teach it, and spread the joy to others through it
Who’s Your Favourite Artist?
Brandon Boyd of Incubus. For so many reasons
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What turns you off?
Catch Kaylan performing at our launch party at the end of this month! Click here to find out more details.