Directors

Mr. Ali M. Willingham

Mr. Ali M. Willingham is a native of Deptford, New Jersey. He attended Creative Arts High School in Camden, New Jersey as a classical vocal Major. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts having obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a graduate of Temple University with his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance. Ali is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Temple University and the Director of the Contemporary Dance Department at String Theory School in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Artistic Director of Philadanco III Juniors at Philadanco, Philadelphia’s Modern Dance Company and former guest artist with Philadanco under the direction of Joan Myers-Brown. He was a full scholarship recipient in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet in 2008. He also attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s summer intensive as a Full Scholarship Recipient in 2011 and 2012, where he was also awarded the Modern Dance Award and was selected as the 1st Student Choreographer for DTH’s Summer Program.  Ali was a participant in the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference’s Liturgical Showcase where he showcased his premier piece, “A Fatherless Testimony” (2010) with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Michael Jackson Jr. Mr. Willingham is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Next Generation Dance Conservatory Summer Dance Intensive providing a 4-week summer program for all serious Tri-state area students.

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