Billy Larson, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is noted for his vast and versatile array of performance, education, and choreographic experience ranging from classical ballet to rhythm tap. He received his early training under the tutelage of Fred Knecht and later attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a performer, Billy enjoyed a remarkably diverse professional stage career. He performed the lead role in Mia Michaels “3 Steps from Heaven” for ASH Contemporary Dance and was featured in Mia Michaels work presented by the APAP Performing Arts Conference in NYC. Billy performed extensively throughout eastern Europe as the principal male dancer in the late Mark Marino’s American Dance Company, travelled across the United States and Canada as Funky in Dein Perry’s critically acclaimed TAP DOGS and was a dance champion on CBS’s Start Search hosted by Arsenio Hall. No stranger to the competitive dance community, Billy is a former Mr. Dance of America for Dance Masters of America, and a National Male Dancer of the Year for the American Dance Awards. In 1998, Billy was honoured with the Gold Medal at the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany. He is noted as the first American and youngest artist to receive the honour at the time.
This past year, Billy was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program with a 2011 Teacher Recognition Award in the Arts. He was also honoured to present his work as a finalist in the Capezio ACE Awards for choreography in August 2011. He has been on faculty at the Broadway Dance Centre and was a key faculty member at the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Program in NYC. Indulging further in his passion for teaching and mentoring, he opened and artistically directed “East Coast Movement” a versatile training facility for young dancers located in Northern New Jersey which he culminated in 2008 and closed after the completion of an outlandishly successful third season in order to pursue new endeavors in the industry. Today his students can be found in every facet of the professional dance community and furthering their dance education in the finest dance collegiate dance conservatories including The Julliard School, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, and Loyola Marymount University.
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