Name: Maya Taylor

Neighborhood: Lower Garden District

Profession: Choreographer & Movement Director

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Maya Taylor

Describe what you love about what you do. That I get to choreograph for music videos, tours, TV, film, fashion, and for the stage. Every single one is different and it’s taken me years to get to this place. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the finished product of something to which I’ve added my choreographic voice.

Why New Orleans? I am so thankful for New Orleans. I can say with my whole heart that it’s where I really found myself as a woman and as an artist. It’s such a special city, because it gives you space—space to dream, space to figure out who you are, and space to make what you want while surrounded by the most incredible people in the world.

Describe your personal style in three words: Colorful. Dramatic. Structured.

What advice would you give your twenty-year-old self? Your work ethic and strong sense of patience are going to benefit you greatly. Don’t ever entertain the thought of quitting when the roller coaster of life takes off. It will be worth it.

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Maya Taylor

Favorite restaurant: Blue Giant

Favorite bar: Barrel Proof

Favorite simple indulgence: Stopping to smell the blooming jasmine on a walk

Favorite place to listen to music: Wherever DJ Soul Sister is spinning

Favorite destination: Tokyo

Favorite hotel: Hotel Peter and Paul

Restaurant you ordered from the most during pandemic: Does Cane’s count?

Interviews have been edited and condensed.

This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.