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