William CrowleyLecturer in Dance
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 lead 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, Florida, in spring 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).
In March 2004, William became founder and artistic director of Next Step Dance, a modern dance company in Miami, Florida. In January 2012, he launched the Nexus: Educational Programming Series, providing master classes, intensives and lecture/demonstrations focusing on Graham Technique.
Currently, William is teaching throughout the United States and Europe, including the Chipping Campden Contemporary Dance Festival in The Cotswolds, England; FEDES (Federatie Dans en Sport) in Brugge, Belgium; and annual 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.