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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, Stanley became an apprentice with NYCB, 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.


  • Love Letter (on shuffle)


  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Duo Concertant
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck, Bottom)
  • Serenade
  • La Sonnambula
  • Square Dance
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto 
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique)
  • La Valse
  • Western Symphony (Allegro)


  • Bournonville Divertissements (Ballabile from Napoli)


  • Red Angels


  • Slice to Sharp


  • Varied Trio (in four)


  • Ash
  • Bal de Couture
  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • A Fool for You
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • Hallelujah Junction
  • Romeo + Juliet (Romeo)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Puss in Boots)
  • Todo Buenos Aires
  • Swan Lake (Benno, Russian, Spanish)


  • Everywhere We Go
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • The Times Are Racing
  • Year of the Rabbit


  • Spectral Evidence


  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Russian Seasons


  • The Goldberg Variations
  • The Four Seasons
  • Interplay
  • Moves
  • N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer


  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Les Carillons
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Polyphonia
  • Soirée Musicale (NYCB Premiere)

Kyle Abraham

  • Ces noms que nous portons
  • The Runaway
  • When We Fell

Warren Carlyle

  • SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet

Lauren Lovette

  • Not Our Fate
  • The Shaded Line

Pontus Lidberg

  • The Shimmering Asphalt

Peter Martins

  • Mes Oiseaux

Andrea Miller

  • sky to hold

Justin Peck

  • Belles-Lettres
  • Capricious Maneuvers
  • Copland Dance Episodes
  • Everywhere We Go
  • In Creases
  • New Blood
  • The Most Incredible Thing (The Creator)
  • Partita
  • Principia
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • Scherzo Fantastique
  • Thank You, New York

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Odesa

Myles Thatcher

  • Polaris

Peter Walker

  • ten in seven

Melissa Barak

  • Call Me Ben

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom

Benjamin Millepied

  • Why am I not where you are

Justin Peck

  • Paz de la Jolla
  • Year of the Rabbit

Lynne Taylor-Corbett

  • The Seven Deadly Sins


Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley takes center stage, performing the central solo from Love Letter (on shuffle) amidst the beaux-arts grandeur of the Weylin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Anatomy of a Dance

Taylor Stanley on Kyle Abraham's THE RUNAWAY

“I love to move in other ways than a ballet dancer is meant to move,” Taylor Stanley reflects when talking about the first of his two solos in Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway, which is set to a piece from contemporary artist Nico Muhly.

Anatomy of a Dance

Justin Peck and Taylor Stanley on Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

Choreographer Justin Peck discusses his new take on Aaron Copland’s famous Rodeo, while Justin’s long time collaborator, Soloist Taylor Stanley, talks about how Justin is challenging the Company’s dancers in surprising new ways.

Anatomy of a Dance

Taylor Stanley on George Balanchine's SQUARE DANCE

Principal Taylor Stanley talks about why this pensive solo in Balanchine's Square Dance suits their personality on and off the stage.

Anatomy of a Dance

Opus19/The Dreamer with Taylor Stanley

Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley delves into Jerome Robbins’ moody Opus 19/The Dreamer, discussing the therapeutic nature of taking on a ballet that essentially takes place in another reality.


Stanley was the recipient of a 2019 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer, for their performance in The Runaway. They also received the Mae L. Wien Award in 2009 and were the 2011-2012 recipient of the Janice Levin Award.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik