Sunday, December 16, 2018
CLOSE
 
Dudley Williams Dances Into Sunset
By Staff Report, newsroom@lasentinel.net
Published June 11, 2015

Dudley Williams (Courtesy Photo of The Ailey School)


Accomplished and talented dancer, Dudley Williams, of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on Sunday. He had been a member of the highly acclaimed dance company for over four decades. Medical examiners say that his death is not considered suspicious.

Williams was born and raised in New York City, where his interests in dancing started after observing classes at a local arts school while waiting for an uncle who was studying voice. At the age of 12, he began taking lessons at Sheldon Hoskins in Harlem and later attended New York’s High School for the Performing Arts.

He graduate in 1958 and would win a dance award and received a scholarship to the Juilliard School. While attending Juilliard for several years, Williams would take time off to dance with various companies, including those of May McDonnell, Donald McKayle, and Talley Beatty. In 1961, he joined the Martha Graham Company and began appearing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 1964, Williams left Martha Graham and became a member of Alvin Ailey.

Dudley Williams performing “I Want to Be Ready” in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. (Web Photo)


He’s dancing career would include leading performances in numerous productions including:  Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow Round My Shoulder” (1959), Ailey’s “Reflections in D” (1962), Lucas Hoving’s “Icarus” (revived 1968), 16-minute solo “Love Songs” (1972), and Louis Falco’s “Caravan” (1976), which made Williams a central member of the company and many other performances.  

In 1984, Williams celebrated his 20th anniversary with Ailey in a gala performance at the City Center in New York City. In the early 1990s he remained a performing member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as well as a company teacher.

Dudley Williams was 76.

Categories: Celebration of Life

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!



Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
85 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.
SEARCH:    

Photo of the Day

Events

LA Sentinel
in your pocket:





WBOK 1230am
Real Talk For Real Times
A Bakewell Media Company

LA Watts Times


TOS-Cookbook-Web

© 2018 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

Contact UsAboutMedia KitCorrections & Misprints

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of SoulWBOK 1230am

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »