Cynthia Williams, chair of the Department of Dance and William R. Keenan Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been selected to join NYS DanceForce effective July 1.
“We are delighted that NYS DanceForce has named Professor Williams as a member,” said Teresa Amott, HWS Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
“Hobart and William Smith Colleges have benefited immensely from Professor Williams' creative leadership in the arts over the last 20 years. As a result of her work, our students have wonderful opportunities to choreograph, perform, and appreciate the many facets of dance. We are pleased that she represents our students, faculty and staff on this prestigious professional organization.”
Joining simultaneously with her are Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, represented by founder Gregory Cary; Partners in Dance, represented by Mary DiSanto-Rose and Maria McColl; and Jim Self of the Cornell University Department of Theatre, Film and Dance. Each new member was selected for his or her experience creating dynamic dance projects, a capacity for leveraging funding and resources, an ability to partner with artists and organizations and a passionate commitment to dance. The new members will expand the group’s impact in Ontario, Cayuga and Tompkins counties and the Capital Region.
Williams, who joined the HWS faculty in 1986, holds a bachelor of fine arts in dance and a bachelor’s in psychology, both from the University of Utah; and her master of fine arts from Connecticut College in New London. She was lauded for hosting many major dance companies and artists over the years including Molissa Fenley, Bebe Miller, David Dorfman Dance, Sean Curran Co., Lingo Dancetheatre, Maureen Fleming and Jane Comfort and Co.
Williams has received three grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and one from the New England Foundation for the Arts to support the presentation of dance companies in teaching and performing residencies on campus. While the HWS Dance department’s performance series presents a wide array of concert dance forms, Williams has a particular interest in featuring contemporary modern dance artists, especially women choreographers. Inclusion in the New York State DanceForce will assist Williams in bringing additional professional dancers and dance companies to the upstate region.
For details on the group, visit www.danceforce.org.