Inspired by the rhythm and spirit of jazz music Stephanie Taylor (née McKernan) revels in its joy by dancing, organizing, performing, judging, teaching, and sometimes even competing. Her heart and body is at home exploring African American Vernacular Jazz Dancing, in particular the Lindy hop and solo jazz. She strives to be true to the historical roots of Jazz dancing while expressing herself truly through movement. Her trademarks are a special mix of inspiring musicality, solid social and performance dancing skills, and unpredictable explosions of excitement. One of her greatest goals is to work with like minded people to spread knowledge and love of Jazz dancing far and wide.

Before moving to Toronto in 2008 she spent almost a decade playing a pivotal role in growing and developing the Vancouver Swing scene where she taught and performed regularily. She earned several top placements at events in the Pacific Northwest and has been an invited judge at events across the country.

She founded and continues to produce and direct the biggest and best weekend of dancing in Western Canada, Lindy Bout. Working closely with Eileen Jones, Lindy Bout XIII is in the works for April 2019.

Since moving to Toronto she has had the pleasure of teaching for and performing with many of the organizations that promote Lindy hop and Jazz in Toronto. Currently she is an invited teacher with Bees Knees Dance and Lindy Hop Revolution. She has performed and taught at events such as The TD Jazz Festival, Luminato, the Canadian National Exhibition and Ontario Place.

Stephanie played important organizational roles at swing dance events in Canada and Sweden. She was information manager at Herräng International Dance Camp (known only as "Stephanie with blue hair"). She was the Education Director of Toronto Lindy Hop.

She is a founding member of the British Columbia Vernacular Jazz Dance Society and is serving as its Vice-President. In 2014, with Eileen Jones, she was co-Registrar of Frankie 100. A once in a life-time event, it drew together over 2000 dancers from across the world to celebrate Frankie Manning, the Ambassador of Lindy Hop.

Stephanie and Jasper Palfree at OTown Showdown 2017
Photo:Devon Rowland