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About the speaker
Rodney Williams is a master educator, choreographer, composer, singer, and dancer. His life’s work in music and dance began following his studies at the college of William & Mary in Dance Choreography and Music Composition. Rodney’s work has been widely recognized and brought joy to countless people over the last 35+ years.
• Teresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in Arts (2000) • College Dance Educator of the Year (1999) • Who’s Who Among American Teachers (1996) • “Virginia Hero” (1992) • Stephen Paledes Music Scholarship (1984) • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship for Academics (1976) • The John F. Kennedy Fellowship for Teachers (1984) • National Winner with Dance America (1998, 1999, 2000) • Richmond Public School “Teacher of the Year” (1992) • The Milton L. Randolph, Sr. Award (1997)
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The art, what we create... it is what tells the story of our world. So we as keepers we have to be very guarded. Because it is our voice. And they cannot silence your voice. — Rodney Williams
We have to carry the story. We are the artists. We are the ones who put it on canvas. We are the ones who put it in prose. We are the ones that danced our sorrows. We danced our happiness. — Rodney Williams