Head Competitive Dance Coach
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Stephens College named Danyale Williams head coach of the Stars’ competitive dance team as the program begins its inaugural season of NAIA competition in 2014-15. Last year, Williams served as dance director of the Stephens College Starlets Dance Team and helped transition dance into a varsity sport.
In addition to coaching the Stars, Williams will continue to lead the Muriel Battle High School dance team. After relocating to Columbia, Mo., in 2013, Williams began directing the Spartan Sparklers in the school’s first year of existence. She immediately began a mentorship program between the Starlet and Sparkler dance squads, which has been beneficial for both groups.
Prior to Columbia, Williams was dance coordinator at Prairie View A&M University and Artistic and Executive Director of Classic Dance Ensemble, Dance Company in residence at the university. Under her direction, Classic Dance Ensemble performed at the JFK Center in Washington, D.C. in 2002 and 2004, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, New York, Missouri, Tennessee and all over Texas. She also served as Director of the Marching Storm “Black Foxes”, the majorette squad that performed at PVAMU football and basketball games. While at Prairie View A&M, Williams was instrumental in the development of the Musical Theatre Program and chartered a chapter of Nu Delta Alpha, a Dance Honor Society for the PVAMU campus.
The Houston, Texas, native began her dance career at the age of three, studying ballet, tap and gymnastics, and later added modern, jazz, pointe and cultural styles to the list. At the age of fifteen, she started her professional dancing career at Six Flags Astroworld in Houston where she held positions as dancer, dance captain, stage manager and supervisor.
Williams then earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Sam Houston State University in 1997 and immediately began working on a Master of Fine Arts (Dance). She choreographed ‘Long Road to Freedom’ based on the Atlantic Slave Trade for her master’s thesis in 2000.
While studying at Sam Houston State, Williams appeared in several theatre productions and was a featured performed with the SHSU Dance Spectrum Company and Raven Dance Project. As a graduate student, Williams taught ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern and aerobics classes to undergraduates. She was also a member of the Alpha Psi Omega theatre fraternity, Chi Tau Epsilon dance honor society as well as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Danyale has studied many dance forms from great teachers and companies including: Alvin Ailey (New York), Martha Graham (New York), Ririe Woodbury (Salt Lake City, Utah), Gus Solomon’s Jr., Donald McKayle, Elizabeth Keen, Katherine Dunham and many others.
Dance has provided Williams with several unique opportunities. She has performed at New York City’s Florence Gould Hall for Awareness of Rape and Incest through Art (ARIA). As a member of Brentwood Baptist Church, she was the Dance Consultant for the Anointed for Christ Praise Dance Ministry and traveled to Japan facilitating dance workshops and dancing in concerts.
2012 was an exciting year as Williams had the honor of dancing on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel program accompanying Gospel artist Debi Dixon. She was also inducted as National President of the Black College Dance Exchange (BCDE), a coalition of dance companies from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In May of 2013, Danyale Taylor became Mrs. Danyale Williams. Her and her husband, Lee, made the move north and currently reside in Columbia, Mo. Williams hopes to continue sharing her training and love for dance with students for many years to come.