Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA., J.R. Taylor grew up knowing the arts were his calling. While other kids played in the sand box, J.R. watched classic movies such as "Stormy Weather," "Daddy Long Legs," and his all-time favorite, "The Wiz." As a freshman in college, J.R. began appearing in countless videos and sharing the stage with the hottest artists in the music industry, such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Missy Elliot, & Chris Brown. He also appeared in movies such as Dreamgirls, SoulMan, & Beauty Shop, and became a sought-out dancer not only in the dance industry, but also in mainstream media.
After gaining so much experience as a dancer, his transition into the world of choreography was natural and seamless. He began teaching at the world famous Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios in 2006. With his classes quickly filling up, J.R. knew his dance-style was unique and fresh. He was given the opportunity to start choreographing for such artists as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Queen Latifah, Trey Songz & Snoop Dogg just to name a few. In 2009, he added Artistic/Creative Director to his title by working with Jamie Foxx on his Blame It Tour.
For the past few years, J.R. has been responsible for everything that is Jennifer Lopez! She has made J.R. her main choreographer for all commercials, stage shows, music videos, and recent record breaking World Tour that will be a Feature Film later this year. J.R. has been nominated for a 2012 MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography for Jennifer’s Dance Again and again this year for a 2013 MTV VMA Best Choreo for Jennifer’s Live It Up!