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Columbia College Chicago
Taisha Paggett

Taisha Paggett

Taisha Paggett

Visiting Lecturer

Email: tpaggett@colum.edu
Phone: (312) 369-8333

Taisha Paggett is a Los Angeles based choreographer, dancer, teacher, and co-founder of the dance journal project, itch. Her work is inspired by various discourses on the body as an expressive tool and is interested in bridging the sensibility and discourses of both the visual and performing arts.

Her movement background is inspired by a number of influential teachers and choreographers whom she's worked with over the years, as well as studies in yoga and contact improvisation. Before moving to Los Angeles she lived in New York City where she performed with the Stanley Love Performance Group, Fiona Marcotty and Kraig Patterson, and studied dance primarily through Movement Research. Prior to NYC, she attended UC Santa Cruz where she received an undergraduate degree in Art History, studied dance with Connie Kreemer, Sylvia Martins and the late Mel Wong, and performed with Moving and Storage Performance Company/Crash, Burn and Die Dance Company.

Her work and collaborations have been presented in several California venues including Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Taisha has worked extensively with visual artist Ashley Hunt in collaborative video and installation work including Undeliverable Address: 54 questions that will not be answered by the White House and Engagement. She has also done freelance writing for Dance Magazine and is the co-editor of the L.A. dance journal project, itch. As a dancer, Taisha has most recently worked with David Roussève, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Victoria Marks, Rosanna Gamson, Yvonne Rainer and Cid Pearlman.