On being chosen as DOTL's 2022 recipient William says:
"Receiving this award means many things. It means paying dancers, it means the continuation of my art, it means me doing what I love, it means another opportunity to showcase my choreography to the world. It means staying on track with my mission of spreading love, equity, and empathy on and off stage. I thank the Dance of the Lawn team for their efforts and appreciate their generosity."
BIO: William Ervin is an east coast native. He earned his BFA in dance from Montclair State University (May 2017). Before and while at MSU, he trained in popping, waving, vogue, and house dance forms with Eric Samson at the Funktion Dance Complex. Under the tutelage of Tempest Revlon, Eric Flores, and Milly Versace, he attended ballroom functions to practice vogue. At MSU, he performed works by Camille A. Brown, Jose Limon, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, and Earl Mosley. He has also trained with Joffrey Ballet, Rennie Harris, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Ervin has performed at Alexander Kasser Theatre, the Joyce Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Hearts of Men ensemble. He has presented his own choreography at Dumbo Dance Festival, Equilibrium Choreographer Showcase, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and was a semifinalist in the Jacob’s Pillow Chance to Dance contest. He graduated with an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois in May 2020. Since graduating, he’s interned with American Ballet Theatre’s Major Gifts Department and was selected for Camille Brown's young artist fellowship. He has presented his own choreography at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Digital Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Brooklyn Center for the Arts Digital Showcase, and the Joyce Theatre in partnership with Future Dance Festival, 92st Y, and The Martha Graham Dance Company. He will be presenting his own choreography as an Eryc Taylor Emerging Artist Grantee, Dance on the Lawn Emerging Artist, and Mixtures Creation through the General Consulate of Spain. He is currently the Co. Director of Dance at Brooklyn Center for the Arts and Resident Choreographer of Judah International Dance Theatre.
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