Endalyn Taylor began dancing at the age of seven at the Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago Ill, studying ballet, gymnastics and tap. She later trained at the Ruth page School of Dance under the tutelage of Larry Long. Ms. Taylor received scholarships to study with the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem School.
In 1984, she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem’s company and became a principal in 1993. She has performed for such dignitaries as Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, the late Princess Diana, former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and many others. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Carousel and went on to perform in the original Broadway casts of The Lion King in 1997 and Aida, 1999. An original cast member of all three shows, Taylor participated in the recording of the cast albums, two of which received Grammy nominations, as well as performed for the 1993 and 1997 Tony Awards.
As a teacher at Bergen Technical Academies, High School of The Performing Arts, New York University, and Alvin Ailey she had the pleasure of sharing her knowledge with her students. She has taught master classes to children and adults throughout the United States and abroad and ran a performing arts institute in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1995. Ms. Taylor was the Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School where she taught, choreographed and staged numerous works on students in the Professional Training Program and the entire student body and, in 2010 was invited to bring ten of her students to the White House to participate in a new arts initiative of the Obama’s. In 2013, students of Taylor performed for the 1 st Lady and the wives of the Heads of State’s Luncheon at the studio museum of Harlem.
Since 2014, she has conducted workshops and master classes in Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Hawaii, London, New York, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Memphis,
Pennsylvania and Virginia and will teach a series of technique classes as part of a mini residency at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph several works including numerous productions for The Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Annual Spring Performances, Western Kentucky University, as Co-choreographer and Concept Developer for the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, and Judas International Dance Company, NYC.
Taylor made her triumphant Musical Theater choreographic debut in April with the production of Kiss Me Kate for the Lyric Theatre, Champaign, IL and Dream Girls in conjunction with Krannert Center for the performing Arts and Bridgewater Banks and Lewis Productions. Most recently, Taylor has choreographed works for Collage Dance Collective, performed the co-choreographed work Chalk Lines at the American Dance Festival in New York, and is currently working on a collaborative work entitled The Counterpoint Project, which will premiere in New York, NY on May 31, 2018. Additionally Taylor has gained recognition as a national spokesman for Black Ballerinas and has presented lectures at Coventry University in England, participated on a panel at the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance, National Association of Schools of Dance, Regional Dance Festival, organized a symposium about Black Ballerinas as part of the Flatlands Film Festival and served as Keynote Speaker at the Black Women Rock, Empower Me Award Ceremony, Champaign IL.
Taylor received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in 2012 and currently holds an Assistant Professorship at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.