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Visiting Professor, Guest Artistn and Undergraduate Program Director
Phone: (585) 395-2413
Bill Evans was artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company (based in Seattle and Albuquerque) for 30 years. The Company performed in all 50 states as well as many other countries and was the most-booked company in this country for several years under the Dance Touring and Artist-in-the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is now reassembled on a project basis for performances in the Rochester area.
He founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992 and performs solo tap concerts frequently throughout North America. He was formerly Artistic Coordinator, dancer and principal resident choreographer of Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre and Artistic Director and resident choreographer of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.
He received the Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous fellowships and grants from the NEA as well as state, regional and private arts agencies. He received the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and two Albuquerque Arts Alliance Awards for Excellence in Dance.
He earned a BA in English/Ballet and an MFA in Modern Dance from the U. of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst with both IMS and LIMS. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the U. of New Mexico, Permanent Guest Artist in the Professional Program of Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers and Artistic Director of the annual Bill Evans Dance Teachers Intensives and Evans Technique Certification Program, which take place at The College at Brockport and in the Pacific Northwest.
He teaches Evans Modern Dance Technique and Repertory, Rhythm Tap, Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Dance Conditioning/Applied Kinesiology, Improvisation, Choreography and Dance Pedagogy.
He served on the boards American College Dance Festival Association, the National Dance Association and NDEO and produced the 2003 NDEO Conference in Albuquerque. A cover story on his impact in the professional and educational worlds was featured in the October, 2003 issue of Dance Magazine, and he was named one of three favorite tap dancers in the most recent Dance Magazine Readers Poll.
Visit www.billevansdance.org to find out more about his Brockport summer teachers programs or about his book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, published by NDA in 2005.