Associate Professor | Black Arts Dean's Fellow in the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Endalyn Taylor joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1984 and became a principal dancer in 1993. Taylor's roles and productions include Myrta and peasant in the Peasant Pas in Giselle, the pas de deux in Le Corsaire, The Flower Festival in Genzano, Alonzo King's Ground and Signs and Wonders, Serenade, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, Holberg Suite, Fête Noir, Etosha, Mirage, Concerto in F, Dialogues, Les Biches, Songs of Mahler, and Medea. She has performed for such dignitaries as Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, the late Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and many others. In 1992, Taylor made her Broadway debut in Carousel and went on to perform in two other Tony Award-winning musicals, The Lion King and Aida. As an original cast member of all three shows, Taylor had the great pleasure of participating in the cast albums, two of which received Grammy nominations, as well as performing for the 1993 and 1997 Tony Awards. Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph several works over the last five years, including Ugly Duckling as part of the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, Dies Irae/Dies Amore for the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Healing for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and Pulcinella Suite, Journey of a Knighting Gale, and Out De Blue Dream for the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Taylor has been the director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, where she was recently invited to bring 10 of her students to the White House to participate in a new arts initiative of the Obamas. In 2012 Taylor received her MFA in dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.