Janie Taylor was born in Houston, Texas, where she began her ballet training at age four. At age 12, she moved to New Orleans and trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of the New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1995. In June 1998, Ms. Taylor received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, Ms. Taylor became a member of NYCB's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2001, and in January 2005, Ms. Taylor was promoted to principal dancer. Ms. Taylor's last performance with NYCB was on March 1, 2014.
Ms. Taylor was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 1998.
In 2002, Ms. Taylor appeared in the nationally televised Live from Lincoln Center broadcast "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography" on PBS, dancing in Ancient Airs and Dances and Jeu de Cartes.
Ms. Taylor's film work includes Columbia Pictures' feature film Center Stage.
Portrait © Paul Kolnik