Mr. Jones, the son of Southern migrant workers and the 10th of 12 children, was born February 15, 1952 in Bunnell, Florida. He later moving to Wayland, New York, where he attended Wayland High School. He began studying classical ballet and modern dance at Binghamton University.
Mr. Jones has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, AXIS Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Diversions Dance Company. The renowned choreographer's credits include the MacArthur "Genius" Award (1994) and several New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") and "Issie" Awards. Mr. Jones is also a Tony Award winner for his work on "Spring Awakening."
"A young Black male [who is] halfway well-trained and disciplined can write [his] own ticket. The dance world is hungry for males, first of all, but also young Black ones; they are much in demand," Mr. Jones said in a 2008 interview with Windy City Times.
The Bill T. Jones Dance Company is over 25 years old and operates on a $2.6 million budget. In April 2010, The Bill T. Jones Dance Company announced a potential merger with Dance Theater Workshop with shared board and staff.