Burton Taylor, 47, a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in the 1970s, died Feb. 13 in White Plains, N.Y., of AIDS. Among the ballets he appeared in were “The Dream, ” “Konservatoriet” and “Pas des Deesses.”

Taylor was known for his elegant appearance, quickness and acting ability. He made his professional debut with the Eglevsky Ballet in 1959. A few years later he joined American Ballet Theater, where he became a soloist in 1967.

In 1969, Taylor joined the Joffrey, but he resigned the following year after a knee injury. Although he was not expected to walk again, Taylor rejoined the Joffrey in 1973 and danced there until 1978.

From 1979 to 1983 he was a contributing editor of Dance magazine. Taylor also wrote articles on dance for The New York Times.

Survived by his mother, Phyllis, and by his sisters, Elizabeth Ghirin and Laura Taylor.

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