Faculty Profile Clifford Williams

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    Clifford Williams

    Clifford Williams



    Clifford Williams began his dance training at F.H. LaGuardia High School of Art and the Performing Arts. He attended The Ailey School and The School of American Ballet, both on scholarship. He was a first-level recipient of a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award in 1998. In 1998, he attended The Juilliard School, where he danced works by many choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Igal Perry Hans Van Manen, Jose Limon, and Mauricio Wainrot. In 2001, he was invited to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where he danced until 2003.

    In 2004, Mr. Williams joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York, NY). He has danced works by Dwight Rhoden, William Forsythe, Nicolo Fonte, and Jae Man Joo. And many others Since 2004, Mr. Williams has assisted Director/Choreographer Dwight Rhoden on numerous projects including ballets for Peridace (PCDC) North Carolina Dance Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, The Diana Vishneva Project, Ballet San Jose, Israel Ballet, Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma Ballet de Nice , San Francisco Ballet , Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as for the television show "So You Think You Can Dance." He has also set Dwight Rhoden's works on The Ailey School/Fordham University, Boston Conservatory, SMU ,Harvard University, Marymount University , USC, Indiana University and NYU Tisch School for the Arts. In 2008, Mr. Williams left Complexions to dance as a Principal dancer with Compañia Nacional De Danza under the Direction of Nacho Duato. During that time, he danced many principal parts and was featured in creations by Mr. Duato. Mr. Williams rejoined Complexions from 2009-2012. In 2014 Williams was featured in Debbie Allen’s “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” as the Title character which aired on BET Network. In 2015 Williams was featured in the STARZ mini series as well as nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse for Dwight Rhodens “Ave Maria” which he danced with Misty Copeland. Williams the toured an international production “The Great Gatsby” the only American principal dancer among principals from the Marinskii Ballet. In 2020 Williams was featured in NETFLIX'S Debbie Allen's "Nutcracker Dreams” as well as “In The Heights” Motion picture . 2018-2022 Williams began a more in-depth role with Complexions Academy serving as the Director of the Pre Pro Division as well as being one of few certified in teaching “Nique” the official Contemporary Ballet technique of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. 2020-2022 Williams served as Rehearsal Director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Williams continues to teach globally in addition to staging Rhoden works all over the world .

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