Faculty & Staff Profiles

Bill DeYoung

Professor of Dance

Bill De Young has danced with the companies of Al Huang, Bella Lewitzky, Rudy Perez, Elizabeth Keen, and Cliff Keuter. In 1975, he formed the DeYoung Dance Theatre in New York City and took the company on two national tours. De Young has received choreography commissions from the Harvard Dance Center, the Joffrey II, the Chautauqua Festival Dance Company, NBC Television, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Danza Universitaria in Mexico City, Truzka of Hermosillo, Mexico, Danza Una and Danza Universitaria of Costa Rica, Ann Arbor Dance Works, the National Company of Paraguay, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Detroit, and others.

During winter semester 2000, De Young was guest faculty and choreographer for the Institute del Teatre in Barcelona, Spain, and guest teacher for the Jove Compania of Barcelona. In 1990, he was guest director of the National Dance Company of Costa Rica.  De Young is a recipient of a prestigious Kellogg National Fellowship in addition to two National Endowment of the Arts Choreography Fellowships, a Jerome Foundation Award, and several grants from The Michigan Council for the Arts. He has been a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency/Arts America and a member of Affiliate Artists, Inc., of New York. De Young has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar in Costa Rica and has taught and performed in Germany, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, and Thailand. He continues to work as a freelance choreographer and teacher throughout the U.S. and abroad.


BA, San Diego State College
BFA, MFA, California Institute of the Arts

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