William David Brandon is a 26 year old choreographer, dancer, teacher, and DJ/Producer. William began his pre professional training in 2011 where he attended Charlotte Ballet’s, formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre, summer intensive program. Since then, William has attended summer programs including Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Next Generation, and Orlando Ballet.
William began his stay at Jacksonville University and subsequently graduated in Spring 2020. William has completed at least twelve productions over the course of seven years as a guest artist. William has worked with Chattanooga Ballet , Dance Arts, and South Georgia Ballet for their productions of the Nutcracker. He has performed as Cavalier, Nutcracker Prince, and other roles in The Nutcracker. William has also worked with South Georgia Ballet, Savannah Ballet Theatre, United States International Ballet, and Saltmarsh Dance of
Jacksonville in other productions, as well as taking part in two works choreographed by Glenn Morgan Jr.
Currently, William is focused on performing and creating new works as dancer and choreographer as well as a music producer along with his two band mates. Further, William has plans and aspirations of beginning a collective to nurture and support artists, and share aforementioned art to the Jacksonville community, and beyond.
William was a division one club soccer player, gymnast, and has studied physical fitness through pilates and targeted training. His pilates experience is personal, having taken pilates classes throughout his dance career. William has also trained with and studied with Glenn Morgan, while an undergrad at JU in dance pilates and kinesthetics as it relates to dance, and is continuing as an apprentice under Mr. Morgan.
“My first summer intensive I trained with Jerry Ebitz at North Carolina Dance Theatre. He was the first man that helped me fall in love with ballet. He showed me that I could be myself in ballet and love every second of it. Jerry was also the first person who taught how to move as a man in ballet. Over a decade later, I’m living and enjoying that love for ballet, and now a more full love for dance. Every year that I work with Dance Arts and South Georgia Ballet on their Nutcrackers, I make sure to share that love with the students, directors, parents, and audiences.”
Place of Birth: Valdosta, Georgia
One word to describe why I dance: “ Needed”
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Role danced: by Glenn Morgan Jr. for Amelia Dance Festival
Dream Role: Ali the Slave from Le Corsaire
Favorite Choreographer: Glenn Morgan Jr.
Favorite Traditional Ballet: The Nutcracker
Favorite Cuisine / Dish: Southwestern Food
Favorite hobby: Creating music with my bandmates and working in the studio with my fellow movers
A Fun Fact about me: I’m the frontman of The Sweatshop, a producer, musician, and sound engineer, as well as a Pilates instructor, teacher and choreographer
What would you like your audience/community to gain from your performances:
Inspiration. I strive to inspire my audience and greater community to aspire towards joy and fulfillment in life, which is definitely available. Whether I am performing as a mover, or with my bandmates, I want to be a light of love, peace, joy, and strength for all who see.