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Taylor Naturkas

Principal Soloist

Hometown: Petoskey, Michigan

Taylor Naturkas was born in Troy, MI and later grew up in Petoskey, MI where she began her ballet training at age four. For eleven years she studied under the direction of Heather Raue at the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet. During this time, she attended summer programs with Suzanne Farrell (Cedar Islands), Chautauqua Institution, Charlotte Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Following her summer at MCB School in 2018, she was invited to attend the year-round program. Taylor spent two years training at MCB School, where she had many opportunities to perform with the company. Including, in December 2019 she performed the role of Dew Drop in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

In Spring 2024, Taylor had the opportunity  to perform as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet for their 75th anniversary. She debuted the “Divertissement” from the second act of George Balanchine’s full length, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

She joined Miami City Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2020 and was promoted to Soloist in 2022. In 2024, she was promoted to Principal Soloist. 

Roles Since Joining MCB

Ricardo Amarante

George Balanchine
Divertimiento No. 15 (Principal)
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Dewdrop, Marzipan, Sugar Plum Fairy)
Jewels (Rubies)
Serenade (Russian girl)
Square Dance (Principal)

George Balanchine/Jerome Robbins
Firebird (The Firebird)

John Cranko
Romeo and Juliet

William Forsythe
Herman Schmerman Duet

Martha Graham
Diversion of Angels (Yellow Couple)

Alonzo King
Following The Subtle Current Upstream (Moon Solo)

Pontus Lidberg

Alexei Ratmansky
Concerto DSCH (Trio)
Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Little Swans, Pas de Trois)

Jerome Robbins
Antique Epigraphs

Jamar Roberts
Sea Change

Claudia Schreier
The Source

Twyla Tharp
In the Upper Room (Bomb Squad)

Durante Verzola
A Dance For Heroes

Naturkas has originated roles in Ricardo Amarante's Delight, Pontus Lidberg's Petrichor, Jamar Robert's Sea Change, Claudia Schreier's The Source, and Durante Verzola's A Dance For Heroes and Sentimiento.