Trent D. Williams, Jr. is set to join the esteemed faculty of the University of Arizona School of Dance as an Associate Professor this fall. He comes with an impressive background in dance, education, and artistic research, and the School is thrilled to welcome him. We are excited about the wealth of experience he brings to the position. Williams previously taught at the University of Florida, among other renowned institutions, establishing himself as a highly respected figure in the field of dance.
Throughout his career, Williams has made significant contributions to the dance field. He was a founding member of the Urban Souls Dance Company in Houston, Texas, and has performed with prestigious companies such as the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and Tallahassee Ballet. His talent and versatility have even led him to share the stage with renowned artists like Destiny’s Child, 112, and Janelle Monae.
Williams’ creative research focuses on exploring the African diaspora, encompassing Latinx traditions, Caribbean traditions, and African-American traditions. Through his choreography and dance films, he sheds light on social inequalities and universal human experiences. One of his recent works, the dance film “Black Stains,” in collaboration with filmmaker Tiffany Rhynard, has garnered recognition both nationally and internationally.
Williams holds an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Florida State University and a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. His dedication to his craft and commitment to advancing dance education make him a valuable addition to the University of Arizona School of Dance faculty.
The University of Arizona School of Dance warmly welcomes Trent D. Williams, Jr. to its faculty, and students can look forward to learning from his vast knowledge, mentorship, and expertise. With his impressive track record and dedication to artistic exploration, Williams is poised to make a lasting impact on the School of Dance and the broader dance community.