Encapsulating audiences around the world, dancer and choreographer, Ebony Williams has proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Williams has quickly positioned herself as Hollywood’s go-to Choreographer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Williams discovered her enthusiasm for dance in all genres at the young age of eight, doing hip-hop with the neighborhood kids before studying jazz and tap at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts. Exhibiting extraordinary talent with little to no ballet training, Williams was selected to train in the Citi Dance Program. Soon after, Boston Ballet recognized her talent as remarkable, and promoted her from the Citi Dance Program to the Boston Ballet School as a full scholarship student. In 2005 after graduating from the Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Williams signed a contract with the renowned Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet as the company’s first African American female dancer, performing works by Hofesh Shechter, Crysal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian as well as a host of others, establishing herself as a versatile artist.
Her story has been featured in Misty Copeland’s “Black Ballerinas, My Journey to our Legacy” book and in the Boston Globe as one of “Boston’s Black Female Success Stories.” In February 2022, Williams’ choreography will be seen center stage in the highly anticipated Disney+ musical comedy film “Sneakerella” starring Lexi Underwood (Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere“) and Chosen Jacobs
(New Line Cinema’s “It”). Most recently, Williams choreographed “Alicia Keys One Night Only” show at the Apollo Theater and
became Head Choreographer for Keys’ most recent “Keys” Promotional Tour. She also served as the Associate Choreographer for Warner Bros. musical film “In The Heights,” as well as appearing in the film. Additional choreographer credits include: Co-Choreographer for Beyoncé’s “My Power” music video, Associate Choreographer for the Broadway Musical “Jagged Little Pill,” CoChoreographer/dancer for Alanis Morissette’s “Forgiven” 2021 tour music video, Head Choreographer 2021 US Open promotional campaign, and Head Choreographer of Doja Cat’s 2021 VMA’s Contemporary Dance performance. When not working with artists, Ebony choreographs campaigns for global brands and publications like “Alice + Oliva”, “Lululemon” and “Vogue.” Coming in 2022, Williams will be choreographing a new musical “Afterwords” set to premiere at the prestigious 5th Ave Theater in Seattle, Washington.
On the dancing front, Williams has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Rihanna, Fergie, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce, to name a few. Williams was one of the dancers in the 2009 MTV video of the year Single Ladies, which led to Williams performing with Beyonce on her promo tour, the American Music Awards, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and the Formation World Tour 2016. She was also featured in the movie “Adjustment Bureau” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, “So You Think You Can Dance”, and Ohad Naharin’s documentary “Out of Focus.” Other feature film credits include, “Isn’t it Romantic” and the upcoming films, “Blue’s Clues & You” and Whitney Houston Biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Looking forward, Williams hopes to provide a platform she felt lacked in her own youth. She will continue to mentor young professionals with plans to create content that will reach broad audiences on large scale platforms in all mediums, while simultaneously shedding light on concert dance by bringing it to the masses.
Williams currently resides in New Jersey.