Darrell Williams has a unique and diverse background that has brought together discipline, training, hard work, and dedication that can be witnessed when he takes the stage or enters a classroom at a dance studio. From 1981 to 1987 Darrell served as a Sergeant for the United States Army. It was during this time that he capitalized on his inherent belief in training and discipline – key tools to the mastery of his craft. Darrell also credits his early years of studying martial arts and playing Semi Professional Football and Soccer (both in the United States and abroad) to the athleticism that has since translated into agility and grace needed to be a hoofer.
While mastering his craft, Darrell has also dedicated more than twenty years to working with intellectually challenged individuals with varying degrees of special needs. Darrell exhibits a compassion and special ability to inspire and motivate those he comes into contact with. Darrell is studying to become a life coach who exemplifies that hard work and education mixed with a positive attitude creates a winning combination.
Professionally, Darrell has over 25 years experience as a professional dancer and actor. Darrell’s talents range from choreographing tap to improvisational hoofing. Darrell is also a Master Instructor at various schools in the Tri-State area as well as a major force in the Philadelphia tap scene. Darrell began his early training at the Hedgerow and Freedom Theaters. Darrell attended the University of the Arts and was trained by the late, great, legendary hoofer, La Vaughn Robinson. He has had roles in various performances at the University of the Arts in such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Colored Museum, and Streamers.
In addition to acting, Darrell has choreographed performances for the City of Philadelphia‘s Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as Showtime at the Apollo. He has received numerous awards in Tap Choreography, including one that was featured on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. Darrell has performed live at the Philadelphia Arts Bank, American Music Theater, Merriam Theater, Wilma Theater, Trump Plaza, and most recently at the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts. Darrell students have won awards at the national level including Philly TAP Challenge, Tap Kids, and Break the Floor. His students also took first place in the tap awards at New York City Dance Alliance, On Stage and Rising Star Nationals. Personally, Darrell earned two Choreography Choice awards at Starpower.
Today, Darrell is the founder, producer, director and choreographer of FOOTWERX, a tap intensive workshop for highly skilled tap professionals as well as non professionals of all ages. FOOTWERX has 3 annual productions, which include the Holiday Show at The Arts Bank Theater, a summer intensive workshop that is performed at The Wilma Theater, and a professional production at the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts. One of the most rewarding elements for Darrell is to foster talent and enthusiasm in his students. FOOTWERX continues to offer a fun and competitive environment for growth and exceptional performances.