British-born, Taylor trained at the Rambert School of Ballet in London and went on to perform with the company. He left England to work full-time in Germany, (“where my height – 6 foot 4 inches – was very welcome!” he says) first in Dortmund, then Bremen, where he was promoted to soloist. He became a principal dancer at the Opera House in Kiel, where he danced a wide repertoire of classical works. Besides Giselle, he had particular success in Swan Lake, partnering Stuttgart Ballet’s Joyce Cuoco and The Royal Ballet’s Galina Samsova.
After several seasons, Taylor was promoted to resident choreographer in Kiel, and was eventually invited to take directorship of Ballet Koblenz, at age 37