A Repertory Dance Company
William Isaac in Visual Brainstorming
choreography Karole Armitage
Guggenheim Museum Works in Process
Mr. Isaac has received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award 2007-2008, a William Loeb award in 1997, a NFAA award (Young Arts)1995, Donna Reed Festival Finalist 1995 and is a former Van Lier Fellowship recipient at The Ailey School from 1992-1994. .
With his many years as an experienced teacher, he has conducted outreach and taught classes for Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (Teaching Artist), Ailey II, American Ballet Theater’s Make a Ballet program (Teaching Artist), Harlem School of the Arts, New York City Center (Teaching Artist), Columbia College in Chicago, The Door New York City, The University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana, Eglevsky Ballet, EMIA, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts, and Joffrey’s Jazz and Contemporary program.
He has worked as an assistant choreographer on musicals and operas such as the 2008 Tony award winning musical production of Passing Strange (later filmed by Spike Lee), and the 2015 production of El Publico (a new opera at Teatro Real in Madrid Spain based on Frederico Lorca’s play of the same title). In staging dance works he’s assisted Dwight Rhoden, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Karole Armitage. His more in-depth collaborations have included Karole Armitage’s Three Theories for the World Science Fair, and Alice Farley and legendary Jazz musician Henry Threadgill’s Erotec (The Human Life of Machines) for the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre. Mr. Isaac has created work for Philadanco’s Danco on Danco, his alma mater Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts in 2011, 2012,2014 and 2017, The Brooklyn High School for the Arts, The Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer program in 2015 & 2017, The Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive, and The Metropolitan School of the Arts. His choreographic skills have also brought him to the commercial world working with Nike and supermodel Karlie Kloss on the Nike X Pedro Lourenco campaign and a Coke Zero campaign for Spain.
In the fall of 2011 Mr. Isaac started his new company Kymera Dance, securing a place for his choreography and coaching young artists. The inaugural performance for Kymera Dance was in February 2012 at The Little Flower Theater in New York City. Kymera Dance has presented work at JCC in Manhattan, Thelma Hill Arts Center, and Brooklyn Ballets First Look series.
WILLIAM ISAAC, born on the island of St. Johns, Antigua, is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts, The Ailey School and Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center. He has formerly danced with Armitage Gone! Dance as the principal male artist (Artistic Director Karole Armitage), along with Ballet de Lorraine (Artistic Director Didier Deschamps) The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Artistic Director Judith Jamison), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson), Alonzo King’s Line’s Contemporary Ballet (Artistic Director Alonzo King), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell), and The Philadelphia Dance Company “Philadanco” (Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown).