Tony Williams is the founder of the Tony Williams Dance Center and Urban Nutcracker, and founder and artistic director of City Ballet of Boston. At age 16, after experiencing trouble as a street gang member, Williams discovered a pathway to success through an interest in gymnastics and then ballet.

With a scholarship from the Boston School of Ballet, Williams joined the Boston Ballet in 1964. After dancing for only three years, he worked his way up from the Corps-de-Ballet to Principal Dancer. He then danced soloist roles with the Joffrey Ballet and was a Principal Dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Gulbenkian Ballet of Portugal, and the Norwegian National Ballet.

Williams has been teaching in the New England area for 30 years. With this background, and as a father of three sons, Williams is sensitive to the needs of youth. Widely respected as a progressive dance educator, he has won the Dance Teacher Magazine and the Wheelock Family Theater’s Wheel Awards.

Williams discusses the role of dance programs for children living in our inner cities, and shows excerpts from his annual production of the Urban Nutcracker. He also talks about how his 50+ years of daily practice of the TM technique have influenced his remarkable life.

Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Williams on December 13, 2020.

Watch the conversation with Tony Williams (45:52)

Williams discusses the role of dance programs for children living in our inner cities, and shows excerpts from his annual production of the Urban Nutcracker. He also talks about how his 50+ years of daily practice of the TM technique have influenced his remarkable life.

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