Sonya Tayeh is a dance teacher and jazz and contemporary choreographer from Detroit, Michigan best known for being a choreographer on the television series So You Think You Can Dance.In 2013, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on season nine.
In 2007, she was discovered by a talent agent from Mc Donald Selznick Associates who saw a performance she choreographed for The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball.
Three months after being signed, she booked a job on So You Think You Can Dance.
Since gaining mainstream exposure, Tayeh has choreographed for Madonna, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, the Los Angeles Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and the San Jose Repertory Theater.
Aside from theater and tours, she stays active teaching jazz and contemporary classes at dance conventions. During her time at Wayne State, Tayeh drew on dance history, anatomy, and performance to develop a style that is built on core strength, aggressive partner interaction, and quirky, stylized movements.
After he approached her, Tayeh invited him and the rest of the MSA staff to see "The Root of Me"—a show she directed and choreographed that the Carnival performance was taken from.
The day after the viewing, Tayeh was signed to MSA.
Tayeh choreographed the rock musical The Last Goodbye which is based on Romeo and Juliet and set to a soundtrack of music by Jeff Buckley.
It premiered in 2010, but a revised version of the show with a new cast opened in September 2013 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
In 2015 Martha Graham Dance Company commissioned a new work by Sonya Tayeh which she set to the music of Meredith Monk.
It premiered in the company's New York season at The Joyce, Spring 2015 and has been performed by the company while on tour.
She has several influences which include two of her former college professors Diane Mancinelli and Erica Wilson-Perkins, Broadway choreographers Twyla Tharp and Bill T.