Bill T. Jones is an American artistic director, choreographer and dancer based in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, as well as a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982.
In 1994, Jones received a MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 1979, he was granted the Creative Artists Public Service Award in Choreography, and in 1980, 1981 and 1982, he was the recipient of Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Jones has been awarded several New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards and received an “Izzy” Award for Perfect Courage in 1990. In 2001, Jones received another “Izzy” for his work with Axis Dance Company. Jones was honored with the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award and was presented with the Dance Magazine Award. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”