Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Finlay began his dance training at the age of 8, at Ballet Academy East in New York City. During the summer of 2007, he began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet (NYCB). He subsequently enrolled there as a full-time student.
Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008. He became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009. While still a member of the corps de ballet, he danced the title role in George Balanchine's Apollo.
Featured roles since joining the New York City Ballet:
- Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
- Divertimento No. 15
- Duo Concertant
- Liebeslieder Walzer
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement, Lysander)
- George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate)
- Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
- Stars and Stripes
- Symphony in C (First Movement)
- Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
- Red Angels
- Fearful Symmetries
- River of Light
- The Sleeping Beauty (Gold)
- Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre)
- Todo Buenos Aires
- Soirée Musicale
- Originated featured roles in
- Originated corps roles in
- Alexey Miroshnichenko: The Lady with The Little Dog
- Alexei Ratmansky: Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
- Lynne Taylor-Corbett: The Seven Deadly Sins
- Christopher Wheeldon: Estancia
Finlay is one of four children of Jeanne and Mark P. Finlay. His father is an architect and founding partner of an architectural and interior design firm in Southport, Connecticut. Finlay was formerly in a relationship with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Lauren Lovette.
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- Mark P. Finlay, AIA Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA. 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014