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WILLIAM CHARLES CROWLEY

Artistic Director

William Charles Crowley, received his MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. He received additional dance training while on scholarship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. William has danced with Aerial Dance Theater, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Dansplateau (Belgium), David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Dance Gallery/Peter Sparling & Co., in which he performed the title role in Martha Graham's masterwork, El Penitente.


He has received favorable reviews from such publications as: The Detroit Free Press, The Chicago Tribune, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Miami Art Exchange, The Miami Herald, and Dance Magazine, which stated: "That... Crowley seems to share [his] magic with us makes this universe ultimately reassuring."

William moved to Miami, FL in the Spring of 2000, where he accepted a three year teaching position at the prestigious New World School of the Arts. He then served as adjunct faculty at Miami-Dade College (2002-04), Part Time Lecturer at Barry University (2006-09), and Lecturer of Dance at the University of Miami (2006-11).

From 2002-2005, William served as a choreographer for the AVEDA corporation, choreographing runway shows for their Get Connected Tour/Master Jam in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, St. Petersburg, FL, New York, NY, Hollywood, CA, Miami Beach, FL, and Dallas, TX, as well as their national conventions, AVEDA Congress 2002 and AVEDA Congress 2005 in Minneapolis, MN.

In March 2004, William became Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Next Step Dance, a modern dance company in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In August 2004, he returned to Michigan as a guest artist to perform in the Peter Sparling Dance Co. 10 Year Retrospective. William also returned to Michigan in September 2004, to work as a guest choreographer with Aerial Dance Theater, setting his work, Kawabata Suite.

In January 2005, William became Artistic Director of Next Step Dance and relocated the company to Bay Harbor Islands, FL. Under William's direction, the company returned to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to present seven more successful annual performances.


In January 2008, he served as Dance Coordinator for the Florida Grand Opera's production of Bizet's, Les pecheurs de perles ("The Pearl Fishers"), performed at both the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.


In March 2012, William attended the Graham Technique Refresher Course at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City, where 25 instructors from the United States, England, France, and Greece came together to analyze, discuss, and debate how to best preserve the Graham Technique for future generations.

Currently, he is teaching throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, including engagements in Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom, with annual month long summer intensives at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France.


Most recently, William had the distinct honor of being one of the first Americans ever to teach dance in Cuba since 1959, as part of the U.S.-Cuba People to People cultural exchange program at the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba in Havana.

 
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