William and Donald at 2011 Brockport Dance Teachers' Intensive Party.

Bill Evans is a performer, teacher, choreographer, lecturer, administrator, movement analyst, writer, adjudicator and dance advocate with a uniquely varied and comprehensive background of experiences and accomplishments.

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Professional Positions

• Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

• Emeritus Visiting Professor/Guest Artist in the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport, State University of New York

• Former Professor: Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts; Indiana University, Bloomington; University of Washington; University of Utah

• Permanent Guest Artist in the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Former Artistic Director, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (oldest professional modern dance company in Canada)

• Artistic and Executive Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company (founded in 1975). BEDCO was one the 5 th largest performing arts organization in Washington State. For many years, it was the most-booked professional dance ensemble in the U.S., under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring and Artist in the Schools Programs.

• Founder and Director of the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance (founded in 1977)

• Founder and Director of the Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble (founded in 1992)

• Founder and Director of the Bill Evans Teachers Institute (founded in 1999)

• Founder and Director of the Certified Evans Teacher Program (founded in 2003)

• Founder and Co-Director of the annual Somatic Dance Conference & Performance Festival (founded 2013)

• Founder and Director of the Evans Somatic Dance Institute (founded in 2017)

• Creator of the Evans Modern Dance Technique, which incorporates concepts, principles and language from the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, and is now called Evans Somatic Dance

• Maintains an active career as a freelance choreographer, solo performer, master teacher, adjudicator and consultant and has appeared in all 50 states as well as throughout Canada and Mexico and in many other countries, including Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland and Wales.

• Dancer, choreographer and artistic administrator with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah for seven years. He has had an ongoing relationship for several decades and serves on the RDT national advisory board. He has created 19 works for RDT served numerous times as a guest performer and teacher. For the company’s 52 nd season, he directed a full evening of his choreographer, called Top Bill.)

• Dancer in the Ruth Page Chicago Ballet, which was in residence at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and toured throughout the U.S. as Ruth Page International Ballet. Danced as a guest with Atlanta Ballet, Briansky Ballet, Louisville Civic Ballet and Washington Ballet. Was a principal dancer with Utah Theatre Ballet, which became Ballet West.

• Serves on the advisory boards of the American Dance Guild and Chicago Tap Theatre.

Awards

Bill Evans is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his choreography. He also received:

    • Named Honorary Member of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, 2018

    • Rhode Island State Commission on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship, 2016 and Individual Award, 2018

    • Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild, 2015

    • Outstanding Dance Educator Award–Post Secondary, New York Dance Education Association, bestowed at the NDEO annual conference in Chicago, November, 2014

    • Named honorary member of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and featured on IADMS website, November, 2013

    • Bill Evans Dance Company invited to perform on the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, June, 2012 and August, 2013

    • Named to the Roster of the Fulbright Specialists Program, 2012. Completed residencies in Guatemala (2013) and Costa Rica (2016)

    • Nominated by The College at Brockport, State University of New York, for the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, 2012

    • Recipient of National High School Dance Festival Outstanding Service Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, March 2012

    • University of Utah College of Fine Arts Distinguished Dance Alumnus Award in 2011
      Dance Teacher Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010

    • Honorary doctorate of fine arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2010

    • National Dance Education Organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005

    • New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in 2001

    • Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Dance in 1997 and 2003

    • National Dance Association Scholar/Artist in 1997

• Selected as one of three favorite national tap dance artists (with Savion Glover and Brenda Bufalino) in the 2004 Dance Magazine Readers Choice Poll

• Recipient of 13 choreographic fellowships, production grants or company grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as numerous company grants and fellowships from the Western States Arts Federation, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and from state/provincial agencies in Utah, Washington , Manitoba , Indiana and New Mexico . He has been awarded numerous grants by several private foundations and 24 research/teaching grants by the Universities of Utah, Indiana and New Mexico and the College at Brockort, SUNY.

• Has been honored by the creation of the Bill Evans Award for Embodied Scholarship, Department of Dance, School of The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, April 2014, and awards in his name to the outstanding graduating dance major at the University of New Mexico, the outstanding teacher in the Arizona Dance Education Organization and an annual scholarship for a student attending the annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization.

Choreographer

More than 300 of Bill Evans’ choreographic works have been performed by professional and pre-professional ballet, modern dance and tap companies throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe and New Zealand.
Professional companies performing his works include:

  • Bill Evans Dance Company

  • Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble

  • New Mexico Ballet

  • New Mexico Contemporary Dance Alliance

  • New Mexico Repertory Theatre,

  • Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City)

  • Ballet West

  • Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers,

  • Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

  • Concert Dance Company of Boston

  • Ruth Page Chicago Ballet

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet

  • North Carolina Dance Theatre

  • Stars of American Ballet Theatre at Jacob's Pillow

  • Todd Rosenlieb Dance (Norfolk, Virginia)

  • Three’s Company (San Diego, California)

  • Five by Two Dance Company (New York City)

  • Raymond Johnson Dance Company (New York City)

  • Fairmount Dance Theatre (Cleveland)

  • Chicago Tap Theatre

  • Chicago Moving Company

  • Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble

  • Dallas Unlimited Repertory Company

  • Gear Shifting (Winnipeg)

  • Rochester City Ballet

  • Deutsche Oper Ballet (Berlin, Germany)

  • Kahurangi Maori Dance Trust (Hastings, New Zealand),

  • CODACO--the resident company of Complejo Cultural de Pueblo (Mexico)

  • Ballet Impulso de Monterrey (Mexico)

  • Fusionworks Dance (Lincoln, Rhode Island)

  • Island Moving Company (Newport, Rhode Island) and many others.

He has created or restaged numerous works for regional ballet companies and for college and high school performing dance groups throughout the United States.

For many years he was choreographer/director of the University of New Mexico Contemporary Dance Ensemble, for which he created 23 works. He led that group to Kobe, Japan, when they were selected by the National Dance Association as the only group to represent the U.S. at the first International College Dance Festival in 1993.

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