Anna Williams - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Creative & Contextual Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance and Choreography
BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance and Choreography 1st class

Role and responsibilities:

  • Choreography and creative studies
  • Movement Research
  • Improvisation
  • Rehearsal Direction

Career History

Anna Williams graduated from London School of Contemporary Dance and has been working as a performer and choreographer in dance, theatre, opera and live art for over twenty years. She was the recipient of the Prix Individuel (ADAMI) Performance Award (International Festival for Choreography Bagnolet, Paris) and her choreography has been nominated for a South Bank Show Award.

From 1992-2001 she was a member of Ricochet Dance Company performing & creating original works by choreographers such as Stephen Petronio, Javier de Frutos, WayneMcGregor, Rosemary Lee and Nigel Charnock. She was a dancer and soloist with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company (2001-2007) and has performed with Random Dance Company, Aletta Collins, Clod Ensemble, La Ribot and New Art Club.

She is the co-creator & performer of ‘The Doodle Dance Show’ (2014) and ‘The Buildy-uppy Dance Show’ (2017). These are interactive doing and dancing theatre shows for children and their parents and guardians, devised with Tom Roden and currently touring the UK.

Her extensive teaching experience includes the professional training programmes at The Place and Greenwich Dance Agency, as well as graduate courses at London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban, Leeds Beckett University and De Montfort University, Leicester.

She has worked as a rehearsal director of Vincent Dance Theatre, Opera North, Russell Maliphant and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

Choreographic Artefacts

Williams, A (chor.) (2008) Clearing (finalist in The Place Prize for Choreography 2008)

Williams, A (chor.) (2009) I Am Falling. The Gate Theatre (South Bank Show nominee 2009)

Williams, A (chor.) (2005) The Thought That Counts, Theatre-rites at the Barbican, London

Anna has also created commissions for Lone Twin and Clod Ensemble. Her solo work ‘This Woman’s Hour’ premiered in June 2014.