Utah triplet dad on ‘Dancing with Myself’ talks lessons learned on and off stage

Jake Taylor-Baumann performs on NBC’s “Dancing with Myself” on June 21. (NBC)

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LEHI – It was the time when many years of childhood were preparing. Lehi’s Jake Taylor-Baumann danced in front of an audience on a national stage.

On June 21, Taylor-Baumann and 13 others appeared on NBC’s “Dancing with Myself” show, hosted by superstars like Shakira and Nick Jonas. The show’s contestants learn a dance, then are separated into groups to perform that dance on their own. Each dancer is judged by the public, hoping to close in on the grand prize of $25,000 at the end of each episode.

Now for the spoiler alert: Taylor-Baumann was eliminated after the first round.

Taylor-Baumann said that while it was an ego sting to lose, he came away from the show with another life lesson he would like to pass on to his three children – 18-month-old triplets.

“As a father, I want to teach my kids that it’s important to do scary things no matter the outcome,” he said. “Sometimes those scary things lead to some of the best things.”

This lesson is one Taylor-Baumann learned later in life as a man who gave up his love of dance because it didn’t fit the mold he felt he had to fit.

“I started dancing when I was 8 and really loved it. But I stopped when I was 12 because I thought people would think I was gay,” Taylor said. -Baumann. “I had a lot of regrets about quitting dancing, and now that I have kids, it’s important for me to be myself for them.”

It was being open to his authentic self that Taylor-Baumann says helped him move forward with the life he always wanted but never thought he could have. .

find love

Taylor-Baumann said he was once ashamed of who he was, but after finding love, his true self began to emerge.

“When I told my family I was gay, I thought it was going to be the end of the world,” Taylor-Baumann said. “Fortunately, my family was very supportive of me, and it wasn’t the end of the world.”

Taylor-Baumann eventually met her husband, Sean Taylor-Baumann, and the two married in 2016. Together, they launched a successful real estate business, and the only thing missing was expanding their family.

“My husband and I grew up wanting to have kids, so we looked for ways to expand our family,” Jake Taylor-Baumann said. “We thought about adopting, but then we looked for a surrogate.”

Heartache, then surprise

The couple were able to find a woman willing to be a surrogate mother and they proceeded with the implantation of the embryo. Unfortunately, 12 weeks into the pregnancy, the woman had a miscarriage.

“It was really difficult when we found out our surrogate had miscarried,” Jake Taylor Baumann said. “We really wanted to be able to expand our family, and that was devastating.”

Jake Taylor-Baumann explained that after some tests, the couple decided to find another surrogate who then had two embryos implanted in the hope that one would take. In a crazy turn of events, not only did the two embryos take, but one of the embryos separated and they found themselves expecting triplets.

In January 2021, the couple became parents to two identical girls and a boy.

They shared their story on Instagram and TikTok and it went viral. Sharing their story, Jake Taylor-Baumann said he received a shower of love and support – and an invitation to dance on a national stage.

To buckle the buckle

Jake Taylor-Baumann has said he loves dancing and reiterated how much he regrets quitting as a child.

He said that even though things didn’t pan out for him on the show, he wants to keep dancing to bring that part of himself back and show his kids how important it is to be himself. He said he hopes to continue dancing over the years.

“I want my kids to know how important it is to live authentically and without regrets,” Jake Taylor-Baumann said. “Dancing is so liberating for me, and I want to keep dancing for as long as I can.”

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Arianne Brown is a breaking news reporter for KSL.com. She also enjoys finding and sharing stories of everyday Utahns, a talent she developed over several years of freelance writing for various Utah news outlets.

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