Mandi Taylor grew up in Twin Falls Idaho where she started dancing at the age of fifteen in the styles of hip hop, tap, contemporary, and jazz. She studied dance at the College of Southern Idaho where she furthered her training and education in jazz, ballet, modern, and dance history. She choreographed and performed outside with Inspirata Dance Project under the direction of Cynthia Jones. She went on to Idaho State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. There, she was the President of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, and the student representative for the Idaho Dance Education Organization. She also had the opportunity to perform and choreograph works for the adjudicated concerts at the American College Dance Association's Northwest Regional Conference. Outside of the university, she danced with the community dance group The Company. After graduating, she moved to Utah where she taught at Bravo Arts Academy, and performed and choreographed for Body Logic Dance Company.
Recently, Mandi graduated with her MFA in Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the School of Dance. There, she was a recipient of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Summer 2019 Research Summer Stipend and the 2020-2021 Kristina Larson Award. Her research on dance and ageing was featured in the Graduate School's 2020 Research Expo.