Professor Valarie Williams, a 1987 Presidential Scholars in the Arts honorable mention recipient in ballet, holds a BFA from The Juilliard School, a MFA and PhD from Texas Woman’s University, and is a certified professional notator and teacher of Labanotation. She studied at the Paris Opera Summer Study in Evian les Bains, France; toured with Lincoln Center Institute Touring Programs for four years serving as dance captain; and performed with the Dallas Opera and Sharir Dance in Austin, Texas.
Williams has taught and set works on the national dance companies of Peru and Ecuador, Repertory Dance Theater, Nanjing University of the Arts in China, and the Jakarta International School in Indonesia, as well as Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Emory University, and University of Texas at Austin. She has notated works by William Forsythe, Beverly Blossom, Yvonne Rainer, Bebe Miller, and traditional dances of the Hunan Province in China. Williams has directed works from Labanotation scores by Taylor, Humphrey, Momix, Sokolow, Morris, and Petipa; and has received grants from National Endowment for the Arts to restage, notate, and design content for multi-media documentation projects. She has received project and operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and Greater Columbus Arts Council, along with donor and sponsorship support from such organizations as the Schottenstein Group, Steuben Glass, the Skylark Foundation, Taikang Life Insurance, among others.
She served as the inaugural associate dean for Outreach and Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences (2017-2018) and collaborated with faculty and staff to serve the college in creating and supporting a vision and strategic plan for engagement in developing an outreach presence that highlights engaged scholarship. She served as the former associate dean for Arts (2006-2009), Arts and Humanities (2009-2017), and executive director of Arts Initiative (2012-2017) where she led The Ohio State University’s award-winning Urban Arts Space. She held leadership roles in The Ohio State University/Royal Shakespeare Company Partnership and the Town and Gown Advisory Committee that resulted in partnerships that highlighted faculty and student scholarship throughout the city.
She serves on the boards of Dance Notation Bureau in New York, New York; as Vice – Chair of the International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation, Paris, France; and Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She recently served on the boards of OperaColumbus, Columbus, Ohio (2012-2018) and the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium (2015-2017), Columbus, Ohio.