Trent Williams, Jr. has captivated audiences across the nation with his inspirational and unique works of passion and beauty through his teaching, performing, and choreography. Trent received his M.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. His dance training began at the Houston Ballet Academy of Dance under the guidance of Ben Stevenson. He has also worked as a guest artist with Urban Souls Dance Company and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, both in Houston, Texas. While at Morehouse College, he worked with great choreographers such as; Nicole Wesley, Jhon strokes, Ivan Pulinkala, Darla Johnson and Wayne Smith as a member of the Spelman Dance Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Williams has performed alongside Destiny’s Child, 112, and Janelle Monae among others.
Mr. Williams joined Dayton Contemporary Second Company in 2007 where he performed and choreographed extensively throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. Soon after, Mr. Williams was invited to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in world-renowned works by Talley Beatty, The Stack Up (1992) and Eleo Pomare, Las Desenamoradas (1987). Mr. Williams became a full member of DCDC in 2008 under the artistic direction of Debbie Blunden-Diggs where he did a vast array of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographies. They included works of Talley Beatty, Eleo Pomare, Liz Lerman, Gerri Houlihan, Donald Byrd, Jawole Zollar, Anjali Austin, Michael Foley, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, William B. McClellan, Jr., Shonna Hickman-Matlock and Helanius Wilkins, to name a few. He also has received scholarships to study at the Ailey School, American Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bates Festival, and Deeply Rooted Productions.
In addition to performing, Mr. Williams keeps an extensive teaching schedule throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Texas and has taught master classes and workshops internationally at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the Académie Americaine de Danse Classique De Paris in France. Mr. Williams’ choreography has been performed by Dayton Contemporary Second Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, and Exclamation Dance Company, and has been showcased at The American Dance Festival, The American College Dance Festival, The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, NewGrounds Dance Festival and The Dance Gallery in Huntsville, Texas and LIFT Project in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Williams has received numerous awards including first place in the National ACT-SO Competition sponsored by the NAACP, finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in Miami, FL, an Individual Artist citation from the state of Texas, and a nomination for Capezio’s Outstanding Dancer for the Southeast region in 2006 from the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). His choreography has also won several awards at the Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York City and he was honored to perform at the inauguration of Hon. Lee P. Brown, former mayor of Houston, TX. He has been a panelist member for the Dance Metro DC and DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Mr. Williams is currently teaching as an Assistant Professor at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where he continues to advance his passion, emotional expression and a unique style of dance to the students.