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    William Isaac

    William Isaac

    Contemporary

    Biography:

    WILLIAM ISAAC, award winning Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer, was born on the island nation of Antigua. He is the Artistic Director/Founder of Kymera Dance. This project-based company is dedicated to making new work in the artistic discipline of dance, collaboration within other arts & entertainment fields and the development of future dance artists. The inaugural performance for Kymera Dance was in February 2012 at The Little Flower Theater in New York City. Kymera Dance has presented work at JCC in Manhattan, Thelma Hill Arts Center, and Brooklyn Ballets First Look series.

    He is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts, The Ailey School and Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center. Formerly a dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance as the principal male artist (Artistic Director Karole Armitage), along with Ballet de Lorraine (Artistic Director Didier Deschamps), The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Artistic Director Judith Jamison), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson), Alonzo King Lines Ballet (Artistic Director Alonzo King), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell), and The Philadelphia Dance Company “Philadanco” (Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown).

    Mr. Isaac has received a Next Festival of Emerging Artists Residency 2019, UNCSA Choreographic Institute Development Residency 2018, New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award 2007- 2008, a William Loeb award 1997, a NFAA award (Young Arts)1995, Donna Reed Festival Finalist 1995 and was the first Van Lier Fellowship recipient at The Ailey School from 1992- 1994.

    He has worked as the assistant choreographer on the 2008 Tony award winning musical Passing Strange (later filmed by Spike Lee), and the 2015 production of El Publico (a new opera at Teatro Real in Madrid Spain based on Frederico Lorca’s play of the same title). He’s also done additional choreography for Karole Armitage’s Three Theories for the World Science Fair, and Alice Farley and legendary Jazz musician Henry Threadgill’s Erotec (The Human Life of Machines) for the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre.

    Mr. Isaac has created work for Kymera Dance, Ailey/Fordham University BFA program, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Hofstra University, The Juilliard School, UNCSA, Philadanco’s “Danco on Danco”, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts, The Brooklyn High School for the Arts, The Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program, The Metropolitan School of the Arts in Virginia and YAGP. Working in the commercial landscape he’s been on the creative teams for the Nike X Pedro Lourenco campaign starring Karlie Kloss and Coke Zero’s initial campaign launch for Spain.

    Class Description



    This cross genre bending Contemporary Dance class by Bessie award winning choreographer/dancer William Isaac is built upon established techniques and current practices while working on creative discovery. Through a sequence of exercises and combinations dancers will work on musicality, clarity in the body and refinement in approach and execution. This class will meet the individual where they are and show them paths to becoming a more accomplished dancer.

    Last Call (excerpt) performance recording Hofstra University Faculty Dance Concert December 1st, 2018 from William on Vimeo.



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