Taylor Stanley (dancer)
Taylor Stanley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began their dance training at the age of three at The Rock School in Pennsylvania. They attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet in 2006 and 2007 and at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2008 before enrolling full-time at SAB in the fall of that same year. In September 2009, Taylor became an Apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in September 2010. They were promoted to Soloist in February 2013 and to Principal Dancer in May 2016. Taylor received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2009 and was the 2011-2012 recipient of the Janice Levin Award. They performed with NYCB Soloist Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective from 2010-2015, and has had the privilege of working with various choreographers including Jodi Melnick, Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, Kim Brandstrup, Christopher Williams, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner, and Omar Roman de Jesus. Taylor has also participated in workshops with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Batsheva Dance Company. In 2019, they received a Bessie Award for “Outstanding Performance” in Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway, choreographed for NYCB in 2018. In 2020, Taylor danced a solo work choreographed by Abraham titled Ces noms que nous portons, filmed at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. He has also been a guest artist with Andrea Miller’s company GALLIM, appearing in the 2020 film adaptation of Miller’s BOAT and the live performance installation titled You Are Here presented at Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza in the summer of 2021. In July 2022, Taylor performed in an evening-length program of their own curation titled Dichotomous Being as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 90th anniversary season. Taylor is also currently pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree through St. Mary's College of California's LEAP program.