Holly Williams

Holly Williams is associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She recently completed her term as president of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), the largest organization serving dance in higher education,  and coordinated the 2014 South-Central ACDFA Conference at UT. In fall 2014 she will be honored to receive the Texas Woman's University 2014 Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award. By recommendation from UT President William Powers, she is representing the University of Texas at the 2014 Leadership Texas Women, a forum for women leaders in business and education. 
As a dancer, Williams has performed nationally and internationally with the companies of Laura Dean, Jose Limon and with Mark Morris. With the Mark Morris Dance group, she was in residence for three years in Brussels, Belgium and performed in original casts of such works as The Hard Nut,L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Gloria, Love Song Waltzes, Going Away Party and numerous others. In 2010 Williams completed a Fulbright Specialist residency at the Taideakatemia Turun in Turku, Finland; she has also  served as interim chair and associate chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas.

As a noted choreographer she been commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, State Street Ballet (Santa Barbara), Ballet Austin Senior Young Artists and other companies; she has been a guest artist at numerous university programs throughout the United States. Three of her works have been selected by adjudication for ACDFA's National Festival.  She has twice been awarded Big XII fellowships from the University of Texas for choreographic projects.

Ms. Williams' choreography for the Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Theatre Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center and the concert stage have also won her national acclaim. Her dance/video work Bolero made its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and her signature work Black Magic was performed in St. Johann, Innsbruck, and Salzburg, Austria as part of the Tanzsommer Festival in 2004. She has served on dance panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USAand the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. A writer and critic as well, she has contributed articles on dance to The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American-Statesman and other publications.

Williams has a B.A. cum laude from Barnard College/Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Texas Woman's University. In fall 2014 she will be honored to receive the Teas Woman's University 2014 Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award. She is married to author and journalist Bill Minutaglio and has two children, Rose and Nicholas.
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