ETD Outreach, a division of Eryc Taylor Dance, Inc, was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Eryc Taylor. The organization’s mission is to create positive social change by using dance as a tool to inspire and heal. In 2019 alone, Since the program’s launch, ETD Outreach has conducted over 4,000 workshops bringing the joy of movement and dance to over 10,000 participants across all five boroughs of New York.

ETD Outreach works with youth programs, supportive housing sites, and senior centers across all five boroughs of New York City and beyond. Our Outreach dance workshops are uniquely customized for all levels and abilities to bring joy and freedom of movement to everyone through equal access and customization. Exercise, creative activity, and dance help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and serves as a conduit for connection to oneself and the community.

Our core value is to ensure all workshops and events are accessible, providing equal access and opportunity to people with diverse abilities. We are continually seeking new ways to increase accessibility to the communities we currently serve and look into new ways to broaden our outreach.

 

CREATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH MOVEMENT & DANCE

Meet Our Team

Eryc Taylor

Founder

As the Founder & Director of ETD Outreach, Taylor oversees a curated community outreach program that works to better society through the healing powers of dance. In 2019 his outreach team of instructors taught over 918 workshops at fifteen locations in the New York area, including Hour Children, The Acacia Network, Felix Organization, PCMH, Lantern & NYU Langone.

Pilates, Barre, Self Care/Meditation, Breath & Energy Work. Workshops with Eryc Taylor are by request only.

Johari Mayfield

Master Instructor

Johari Mayfield is a dancer, choreographer, activist, healer, and ACE certified personal trainer living in New York City. Johari utilizes her dance background along with cardiovascular exercises, strength training and yoga with her clients to hone the synergies of mind/body, strength and flexibility. Johari’s community outreach initiatives have included children’s workshops on fitness and healthy eating at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, movement and fitness with Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS), an organization committed to empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and Reveal NYC, a nonprofit organization that encourages female survivors of domestic violence in self-care. In addition, she's also taught cardio dance classes at the Rose M. Singer Center at Riker’s Island for female inmates and team building through dance in her “Hip Hop Lit Squad” for children at the Athleta Flatiron location in NYC. She currently is on faculty at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy,14th St Y and ETD Outreach team.

Specialties: Afro-Cardio, African Dance Styles, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Chair Yoga, Strength & Conditioning

Isabel Estrada-Jamison

Master Instructor

Isabel Estrada-Jamison owes her initial experiences of dance to the adventurous spirit of her late mother Barbara who would bring her daughter everywhere to dance: from the streets of Panama and the tablaos of Sevilla to the rumbas of La Habana. Isabel has been performing Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance for 16 years and had toured throughout the United States and Cuba. Currently, Isabel dances with Oyu Oro Experimental Dance Ensemble in New York City. In addition to dancing, Isabel practices and teaches yoga. She finds that yoga helps her stay present and joyful.

Teaching Statement:
I believe that anyone can dance and benefit from the joy that dance brings. As a teacher I strive to make dance accessible to my students while always pushing them to constantly learn and grow.

Specialties: Muévete, Afro-Cuban Modern, Yoga

AJ Guevara

Master Instructor

AJ Guevara is a performing and teaching artist based in New York City and California’s Bay Area. He earned his BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, with additional training from the Accademia dell’ Arte (Italy) and the American Dance Festival as a scholarship recipient. He has had the privilege of performing the works of Jennifer Archibald, Bill T. Jones, Jodi Melnick, Rachel Erdos, Walter Matteini, Joshua L. Peugh, Arthur Pita, Thomas Noone, Shen Wei, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, among others. AJ currently dances with AXIS Dance Company alongside Eryc Taylor Dance and regularly collaborates with chrisbelldances, Gibney, The Nash Conspiracy, Cirque du Nuit, and Company|E. He has served as a Cultural Ambassador with Company|E in partnership with the US State Department. In this role he taught, performed, and choreographed in Israel, Cuba, The United Kingdom, Uruguay, Palestine, as well as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. AJ is a dedicated advocate for community action and works with many organizations to promote social justice, equitable spaces, and inclusive practices. He is ecstatic and humbled to be a seasoned member of Team ETD & ETD Outreach!

Specialties: Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Strength & Conditioning

Nicole Baker

Master Instructor

Nicole Baker received her BFA in dance performance from Adelphi University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Currently, Nicole serves as the Rehearsal Director for Eryc Taylor Dance and a founding member of ChrisBellDances. Her most recent commercial credits include touring to Mumbai under the direction of Nikos Lagousakos, starring in Louis van Amstel's La Blast for DailyBurn and Amazon's The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, and performing background for popstar Meredith O'Connor at multiple events including New York Fashion Week.

Specialties: Pilates, Barre, Contemporary Dance

Geneva Jenkins

Master Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

Specialties: Strength & Conditioning, Stretch, Various Dance Styles

Workshop Styles

Mindfulness
& Meditation

Offering styles like Yoga, Chair Yoga, breathwork, meditation, and more. These styles are geared towards centering attention, reducing stress, generating energy while fostering a sense of calm, and stretching and strengthening the body. All workshops are tailored to fit the participants needs, interests and goals.

Stretch
& Strength

Including Pilates, Barre, HIIT, Stretch & Strength, Jazzercise, Zumba, and more, these classes are intended to challenge and strengthen participants through isometric movements, cardio, weight-bearing exercises, etc. These classes will work up a sweat and leave you feeling energized! All workshops are tailored to fit the participants needs, interests and goals.

Dance
Styles

ETD Outreach offers various dance styles such as Afro-Cardio, Afro-Cuban Modern, Afro-Caribbean, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Muévete, Contemporary/Modern dance, and 1950’s sock hop themed dance classes. Dance classes improve coordination, foster community, improve endurance, and increase flexibility. All workshops are tailored to fit the participants needs, interests and goals.