Bill Young, winner of recent Guggenheim and New York Foundation of the Arts fellowships, joined the Dance faculty in 2017. Born and raised in Durham, N.C., where he studied and performed music for many years, he attended Oberlin College with a double major in music and science, but spent most of his time there participating actively in the development of a new dance form: contact improvisation. He began presenting his dances in San Francisco in 1979 while dancing with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. His work was shown in numerous venues throughout the Bay Area, and on California PBS Television. In 1983, he moved to New York where he has danced with Douglas Dunn, Randy Warshaw, and Merce Cunningham (on video).
In 1988 he established his own company, which has been presented in N.Y.C. at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, the Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research, Symphony Space, and the 92nd Street Y, among others, and on international tours, including performances in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Canada, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China, Finland, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela.
Now an international group of artists (featuring dancers from the U.S., Greece, Africa, China, Albania, and Venezuela), the company has received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Artslink, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, among others.
Young has created more than 70 works; commissions include the Estonian National Opera Ballet, Cia de Danças de Diadema (Sao Paulo), Compagnie de Danse L’Astragale (Montréal), Teória de Gravedad (Mexico), Bratislava Dance Theater (Slovakia), the Madach Theater (Budapest), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis), DanceArt Hong Kong, Core Performance Group (Atlanta), and the Wildspace Dance Company (Milwaukee). He has also traveled to teach extensively at companies, festivals, and schools worldwide, and has adjudicated on panels for Artslink, Dance Theater Workshop, American College Dance Festival, and New York Foundation for the Arts.