Bill Hastings has performed in over forty musicals and plays including Broadway and National touring productions of The Most Happy Fella, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Rags, Bob Fosse's Dancin', and Sweet Charity. He has also performed at Radio City Music Hall in both the Christmas Spectacular and the Easter Extravaganza; and for TV. on the Miss America Pageant, and several commercials. Bill has Choreographed over forty productions for U.S.. European, and Japanese theater, television, video, industrial, and concert dance companies including Peter Pan, The King and I, Dames At Sea, The Pajama Game, My Fair Lady, Where's Charlie?, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Grease among other; plus The Four Minute Egg and Conga for Dance Kaleidoscope and Pink Tofu for Arts In Motion. His piece, Nabta Playa, created for the stellar modern dance company, RhythMEK, and with an original score by well-known composer, Marty Beller, premièred at the 2000 Gala Opening of Jacob's Pillow and was also introduced by David Parsons for New York City's Metro Arts 13 for their series on modern dance. In 2001 the Cuyahoga Youth Ballet commissioned Mr. Hastings to create a full-length work. The ballet, based upon David McPhail's children's story, Mole Music, with an original score by renowned composer, William Wade, had it's world première in the spring of 2002 to which it received unanimous critical acclaim. Most recently, Mr. Hastings, through a grant received by the University Of Richmond, prepared a piece based upon Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." This year saw Mr. Hastings perform, in New York City, in a comedic duet, "Our Love Is here To Stay" which he created for performance with the acclaimed modern dance company, Notario. Currently, he is teaching at Peridance and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and also at various private schools in the metropolitan area. Most recently he choreographed the well received "I'll be Bach, Shortly" and 'It's Greek to Me" for the Rockland County Dance Ensemble in New York and "Now or Never" for the Progressive Dance Theater in New Jersey.
Previously, Bill was the Artistic Co-Director and Co-Founder of The Dance Connection, A studio dedicated to pedagogic and theatrical excellence. There, he created Orange Crush and Local Motion, two award winning performance groups for youngsters and teens. He also was president of South Coast Ballet in southern California and he was also resident choreographer for both Theater Under The Stars and Humphreys School Of Musical Theater in Houston Texas. He also served as dance critic for The Arts In Orange County magazine in Southern California during the International Performing Arts Festival associated with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Bill has taught in many universities, colleges, and privately owned schools worldwide
In the last two years, Bill has taught or choreographed in Oslo, Norway, the Boston Summer Dance Festival, the American Theater Dance Workshop at Hofstra University and the Summer Dance Workshops held at VASSAR and Oberlin Colleges, by the American Academy of Ballet and the Ohio Dance Theater respectively. In New York City, he was also privileged to be guest teacher for American Ballet Theater's Studio Company under the direction of John Meehan, and he held a series of Master Classes in Rome and Naples Italy in December of 2001.
During his professional career, he has had the privilege to work with such dance luminaries as Bob Fosse Michael Bennett, Graciela Daniele, Ron Field, Scott Salmon, Chet Walker (whom he assisted during the creation of the Tony Award winning musical FOSSE), Tony Stevens, Phil Black, Harvey Hysell, and Luigi. As well as currently producing music CD's for modern dance class and educational videos for both modern and theater dance, two of his more unusual endeavors were serving as President of The Jury for the Bazillion Nation al Hazz Dance Contest and as Producer of Bal Mystique, a fund raiser for the Performing Arts Center in Orange County California. Teaching dancers from twenty-four ballet and modern companies, Bill in 2002 was a guest faculty member along with Suki Schorer, Christine Spizzo, John Magnus, Bruce Stegman, and Russell Svezback at the Southwest Regional Dance American Festival; he also had the privilege to follow that event as a guest faculty member for the "Share the Legacy Conference"; an event held at Hunter College in Manhattan and co-sponsored by the Harkness Foundation. He participated with faculty and speakers Carolyn Adams, Katherine Dunham, Norton Owen, Murray Louis, Lourdes Lopez, Milton Meyers, and Carla Maxwell among others. He was also honored to teach in David Howard's seminar directed toward helping teachers of dance improve their skills.
Bill Hastings also received the Artist In Residence National College Choreographers Grant to the University of Nebraska Lincoln to stage the works of Bob Fosse. The NCCI is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support by the Dana Foundation, is administered by Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.