Taryn Lavery, a native of Logan, Utah, fuses her classical background with a desire to revitalize modern dance for broader audiences, extracting a new form of contemporary performance. She is a current dancer with multimedia dance company ARCOS (since 2015), and has worked with Jennifer Sherburn, Performa/Dance, NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theatre, Blue Lapis Light, danced in Alex Miller’s Forgotten Memories (2014), and Nathan Brumbaugh’s Swings Asunder (2015, produced by aerial dance company Sky Candy). She is a back-up dancer for the bands A Giant Dog and Tinnarose, and has danced in music videos for them, as well as The Band of Heathens and Sweet Spirit. In 2015, she co-founded BLiPSWiTCH with Alex Miller and Lucy Wilson.

Shoestring (2017) | Photo: Mattias Alegro Marasigan

Taryn's training began at the Cache Valley School of Ballet in Utah, continued on to attend the University of Alabama on scholarship, and while there, she performed and choreographed for Dance Alabama and was a member of Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre. Before relocating to Austin she danced and created work for Birmingham's Sanspointe Dance Company for two seasons. She has had the opportunity to train in programs at the University of Wyoming, Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, and work under artists from companies such as Pilobolus, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Dance COLEctive and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She trains consistently with ARCOS and BLiPSWiTCH in contemporary forms, cross-training in Countertechnique®, Gyrokenisis®, and Gaga, and in 2016 studied with Maria Campos and La Macana at La Caldera in Barcelona, Spain.

As co-director of BLiPSWiTCH, alongside Alex Miller, Taryn works in and out of the dance studio creating and producing their Offbeat Series, original evening length works, and representing the company in Revolve: A Movement Display (2016-2018), Austin Dance Festival (2016), Ready/Set/Go! Dance Salon (2018) and Dislocate (Santa Barbara, CA, 2018). BLiPSWiTCH’s first evening length work, Diet Fizz Radio (2017), was nominated in four categories for the Austin Critics Table Awards, and later that year they presented Shoestring (2017), an evening length work with live jazz accompaniment. Taryn represented BLiPSWiTCH in the eighth installment of the Eleven Eleven project— this collaborative work, Roheline (2017), co-choreographed with Jennifer Sherburn, received a grant for development, which became BLiPSWiTCH’s third evening length work, hone \ rile (2018). So far this season BLiPSWiTCH has presented an 8-hour marathon dance performance, Still Life III: Bathhouse (2019) for their season fundraiser, which helped to fund their most recent evening length work, On the Skids (2019). Taryn is always excited to continue to push the boundaries of movement through her work as a dancer and creator with other artists, and her work with BLiPSWiTCH.