While Maya Taylor may not hail from New Orleans, this is the place she calls home. The choreographer grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in New York for a decade before finding New Orleans six years ago. Her time is split between the Big Easy and Los Angeles, where she choreographs for music videos, TV, film, and the stage.
Maya has created choreography for CLAWS (seasons one through three), Looking for Alaska, and The Lovebirds, which were all shot in New Orleans. She was nominated for a 2019 MTV VMA for Best Choreography for her work for Solange Knowles' "Almeda" and has also worked with St. Vincent, Régine Chassagne from Arcade Fire, Krewe du Kanaval, and Sweet Crude.
When Maya is in New Orleans, she makes the most of her mornings. See how she manages to squeeze in coffee, a workout, and a dance class in before noon, below!
5:45 a.m. Good morningggg…(hits snooze button)
6:00 a.m. Let’s try this again…Good morning, New Orleans! I give myself a nice little stretch and a shoulder shimmy before turning my alarm off.
6:05 a.m. My first thought when I wake up is COFFEE. That’s it. The dream is to one day open my eyes and someone just hands me a cup without me having to say anything. Then my life would really be complete.
6:15 a.m. I just started doing pour-over in the morning. I feel it helps me drink less coffee during the day, so while I patiently wait for my French Truck La Fête De Noël to steep, I have a warm glass of water with 1/2 a lemon to wake my body up.
6:25 a.m. Ohhh the coffee is done! Next, I light some copal incense I recently bought on a girls trip to Tulum. It smells incredible and I love clearing the energy in my space before I really get the day going. My girlfriends and I participated in a New Moon ceremony while we were in Mexico and the entire room was filled with copal and now I want to smell like it all the time.
6:30-7:10 a.m. After my life source is restored from the caffeine, I check my email. I’m choreographing on a television show this week and I have to be on top of my emails and phone calls so I don’t miss anything from production while I get my beauty sleep. Once that is done, I go over my schedule for the day. As a Capricorn, I like to be as prepared as possible when I’m on a shoot. I start reviewing choreography videos from the previous day to see what changes need to be made for our scene.
7:15 a.m. I feel like now is a good time for music. Music is a HUGE part of my life so I’m constantly listening to Spotify. Right now, I’m obsessed with the entire Euphoria soundtrack and Labrinth. So…
7:20 a.m. DANCE BREAK. Choreography is a practice; working in entertainment you have to be able to make changes really quickly and create things on the spot. At the beginning of 2019, I started a 365 day challenge. I give myself improvisation tasks to explore for 10 minutes every day and then record a video later in the day for my Instagram. I’ve seen an incredible change in how fast I can put things together after doing this for almost a year.
7:30 a.m. Ohh hold for one second, things are looking a little blurry. I realized I don’t have my contacts in! Be right back…
7:32 a.m. We are back! Next I do a quick check of my socials and answer any messages I might have. I love Instagram and I can’t tell you how much my world has opened up because of it. So I do a scroll and check out all of the amazing things my friends are up to and see what’s happening in the dance world.
7:45 a.m. I’m getting hungry! My days are pretty long at times and it’s very important to me that I can get through them with the best energy. I try and eat as healthy as possible. Breakfast for me is either sweet or savory. I’m very into Japanese sweet potato toast right now. It’s packed with nutrition and you can add yummy ingredients to it. Basically you slice a sweet potato like a piece of toast and toast it in the toaster until it’s tender. Then I add a slab of butter, 1/2 an avocado, and then scrambled eggs with garlic, onions, asparagus, and that addictive Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Mmmmm…
8:00 a.m. I love skincare! I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so I like to keep my base as fresh and dewy as possible. Sometimes I’ll have late nights on set, so I’ll put on Peter Thomas Roth’s Hyaluronic Cloud eye patches in the morning to not look like a zombie. I’m a huge fan of Joanna Vargas and get facials at her spa whenever I have a big event coming up in NY or LA. I wash with her Vitamin C Face wash, followed by her Daily Serum that smells AMAZING. It’s a miracle worker. I’ve worn SPF since I was a teen and slap some 30 on even if I’m going to be inside all day. With how active I am, I try and drink a gallon of water throughout the day, which is a lot I know, but it’s kept my skin so clear this past year, so I’m sticking with it.
8:20 am Time to workout! I hop on my blue public bicycle and head down to the new Romney Studios, MVMT, for a class. I am not a fan of driving and feel like riding a bike is the best way to enjoy New Orleans. So, it’s been my main mode of transportation for the past six years. I throw on a podcast for my short bike ride. I’m very into The Daily, The goop Podcast, My Favorite Murder, How To with Charles Duhigg, and Second Life.
8:30-9:20 a.m. Megaformer is one of my favorite workouts and has literally gotten me into the best shape of my 35-year-old life. Like the booty is lifted and HELLO obliques! In Megaformer, they make you move at a glacially slow pace and you are constantly shaking and let me tell you it is very humbling. Especially for someone that has been physically active since the womb! I like to take Jenn or Phil’s class depending on the day.
9:30 a.m. I head over to the new Satsuma and grab a hot chocolate with oat milk before ballet. I once read on the Internet, that hot chocolate helps you recover from a tough workout. Is that really true, world? I don’t know, but it makes me very happy to treat myself and my body thanks me. On my way out, I wave hello to my friends at KREWE. They have a beautiful new headquarters in the same area as MVMT and Satsuma. Hi friends!
10 a.m. I head over to Schramel Conservatory to take ballet. The Schramels built the most incredible dance studios in New Orleans and there is a wonderful community of people that take class there. It’s really important for me that I’m able to fully demonstrate movement to the dancers or artists that I’m working with, so I still take dance class two or three times a week.
11:30 a.m. Time to get ready for rehearsal!! I race home to shower and eat something really quick.
12 p.m. My wardrobe is half dance clothes/half fashion. Today is the final rehearsal for the scene I’m working on and since the choreography has been set, I can wear what I call "real people" clothes for the day. For me that is black jeans, a black tank top, my leather jacket, my beat up Adidas sneakers, and a BOLD red Fenty Uncensored lip. It’s my uniform. Then I pack my bag (always with water and snacks!), my computer, and float out the door the rest of my day! #boomboomhoney