Janie Taylor began her ballet training in Houston, Texas at age 2. At the age of 12, she moved to New Orleans and started training at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She attended the summer program at the School of American Ballet in 1995 and 1996 and joined full-time in the fall of 1996. While a student at SAB she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon's Soiree Musicale for the Spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She 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, she became a member of NYCB's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. She performed lead roles in Balanchine's La Valse, La Sonnambula, Liebeslieder Walzer, Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Square Dance, Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Divertimento no. 15, Brahms-Shoenberg Quartet, and many others. She also danced leading roles in Jerome Robbins' The Cage, Opus 19 the dreamer, In the Night, Brandenburg, The Goldberg Variations, Dybbuk Variations, and others. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nicholas Hytner which was released in 2000. She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014.
Ms.Taylor is now a repetiteur setting ballets on companies around the world and has since started a career in design. She has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet and LA Dance Project.