6/2/15 O&A NYC Magazine: Dance Legend Dudley Williams Has Passed


The dance world mourns the loss of its Lyric Prince; Dudley Williams has passed. The details are still unfolding; but more important than the circumstances surrounding his death, is how he inspired everyone who ever met him through his giving, humble spirit. Over the last twelve years Dudley became a colleague, friend, and confidante. We shared an appreciation for many things, two that were always paramount: dance that could reach beyond the footlights and touched your soul, and a very dry martini.


As much as I will miss him, it would not be fair to Dudley to just be sad. It is a privilege and an honor to share my memories and the memories of these who knew him with you. Better than any bio is Dudley in his own words. On Thursday October 23, 2014 Clack Center NYC hosted A Conversation with Dudley Williams at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium.  Dudley was frank, funny and informative, discussing a wide range of his experiences with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers.

A Conversation With Dudley Williams (part one)

During his 40 year tenure with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Dudley worked with many choreographers including Louis Falco, Lucas Hoving, and George Faison. He discusses his roles and impressions of the works they created. Dudley also talks about A Song For You the ballet that became his signature role and share his insight into what it takes to became a dancer. 

A Conversation With Dudley Williams (Part Two)

To see I Wanna Be Ready click below:





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  1. My dear dear ‘ole’ friend (since 1966) when we meet in Alvin’s company. He was so very nice to me—I coming into a rehearsal of “Revelations”, trying to carch up with everyone (that already knew the dance). Dudley and a couple of other original dancers, Hope Clark & Loretta Abbott, were so very helpful to me. Dudley what a wonderful amazing PERSON & DANCER. God Bless You!

  2. One of the most unforgettable dancers ever. RIP, sweet man, and thanks for the memories.

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