Bill Hastings

Bill Hastings

Dance
Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
501-681-2556 201-637-2601
[email protected]
www.billhastings.org


The emphasis of the workshop is to expose dance students in Arkansas to the styles and techniques of the great Broadway choreographers, specifically Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Jack Cole, and Jerome Robbins. Students are also given the opportunity to utilize their own imaginations. The students will also use improvisation to create dance and discover a new confidence in solving movement problems by enhancing their awareness skills. Hopefully, the students will leave with a new understanding of their rich potential and a greater appreciation for the joy of dance. Live an artful life and love the life you're in! Dream it and you'll stay asleep; be it and you'll awake to all the world. Available to conduct teacher workshops.

Background

Bill Hastings has performed in over 50 musicals and plays including Broadway and national touring productions of The Most Happy Fella, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Bob Fosse's Dancin' and Sweet Charity. Hastings has choreographed more than 40 productions for U.S., European and Japanese theater, television, video, industrial and concert dance companies including Peter Pan, The King and I, Dames at Sea, The Pajama Game, My Fair Lady, Where's Charlie?, The Boy Friend, The Wiz, and Grease among others; plus The Four Minute Egg and Conga for Dance Kaliedescope and Pink Tofu for Arts in Motion. His piece, Nabta Playa, created for the modern dance company RhythMEK premiered at the 2000 Jacob's Pillow Gala and was also introduced by David Parsons for New York City's Metro Arts 13 for their series on modern dance. He has also choreographed for the Jazz Happening 2008 and 2009 at Jacob's Pillow. Most recently, he choreographed the well received I'll Be Bach, Shortly, and It's Greek to Me for the Rockland County Dance Ensemble in New York and Now or Never for the Progressive Dance Theater in New Jersey. Mr. Hastings has also choreographed the critically acclaimed Lotti: The Girl with a Golden Knot, an hour long dance theater piece created for the Rockland Youth Dance Company and also the highly lauded ballet Mole Music based upon the short story by David McPhail for the Cuyahoga Youth Ballet in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Hastings has received the NEA/DANA Foundation NCCI Grant to the University of Nebraska to recreate the works of Bob Fosse. Considered the most prestigious award from the University of Georgia, Bill received the Willson Center Grant allowing him (as a visiting professor) to teach, lecture and choreograph for the Music, Theater and Dance Departments. He has also received two separate choreographic grants from the University of Richmond. Bill has been President of South Coast Ballet, co-founder/artistic co-director for Dance Connection, a school noted for pedagogical excellence. He has served on the Costa Mesa Council on the Arts, as President of the Jury for the National Brazilian Jazz Festival, and as a critic for the Arts in Orange County Magazine for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Bill has also taught dance workshops in Arkansas for the past three years for the THEA Foundation, Arkansas Dance Network and Dance Coalition. Mr. Hastings is regarded as a Master Teacher throughout the world.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: senior high school
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: appropriate space and sound equipment