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Chamber Dance Company Archive: Bill Evans

A unique collection of video documenting the UW Chamber Dance Dance Company's over 25 year history of performing modern dance classics.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans


Performer, teacher, choreographer, lecturer, administrator, movement analyst, writer, adjudicator and consultant

I want to be everywhere, and to dance everywhere and to encourage people everywhere I go to love dance and to dance themselves.

Bill Evans (part of his Lifetime Achievement Award speech in 2005)


Born Lehi, Utah, April 11, 1946.

Bill Evans has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in dance from University of Utah, and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. In 1975, he founded the Bill Evans Dance Company in Utah; he and the Company moved to Seattle in 1976 and stayed there for seven years. In addition to being a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico, Evans is artistic director of the Albuquerque Youth dance Troupe. Among his numerous accomplishments, Evans has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and thirty-two other grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and state, regional, and provincial arts agencies, and is a full-time visiting professor/guest artist in the Department of Dance at the State University of New York College at Brockport. As a choreographer, Evans can be characterized as having a keen eye for the details of body language that betray human frailty and absurdity, combined with an ability to communicate and entertain with humor.

Watch Bill Evans' work For Betty at the Media Arcade in Vol. 16 of the Chamber Dance Company Archive (DVD UWDP 001 v.16).