Leni Wylliams was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. In 1982, he moved to New York City to work as a soloist with such companies as Jose Limon, Eleo Pomare, Netherlands Danse Theatre, Pina Bausch, Paul Sanasardo, Donald Byrd/The Group, Fred Benjamin, Rod Rodgers, and Cleo Parker Robinson.
Mr. Wylliams was the artistic director of the Mafata Dance Company, Danny Sloan Dance Company and the Wyll/Danse Theatre. His ballets are in the repertory with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Metropolitan Ballet, Boston Opera and some thirty national and international dance companies and universities. His Broadway and choreographic credits include club XII, Dolls, The Faffertas and Dennis the Musical
He was presented with several awards for choreographic excellence nationally and internationally. His work for Boston’s PBS captured three Emmy’s and he received and MTV award for his work with Janet Jackson. He received two commission grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and Humanities and several choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Wylliams was a dance instructor of world-wide acclaim, having taught in Russia, East Germany, Asia, and throughout the United States. In addition Mr. Wylliams was on the modern faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.
In Loving Memory. 1961-1996