Who Am I ?


Fall 2014

1. Who am I?

Cartier Williams, 25 years old.

2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am a hoofer, director, choreographer, and performer. I have been hoofing for 21 years now so dance is not just my job–it is my lifestyle. Currently I am directing and choreographing two shows including RHYTHM REFIX, which premiered in Zurich Switzerland this spring and in Chicago this summer at The Museum of Contemporary Art. The other is a contemporary adaptation of Prokofiev”s PETER AND THE WOLF, An Urban Tale, premiering at The Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany, New York on November 21 and November 22. I also recently started a new 9-month intensive for kids ages 13-17 called CARTIER WILLIAMS DANCE THEATRE–this workshop meets every Friday night and focuses on teaching the next generation of dancers a mix of tap, hip hop, directing, and musical theatre.

3. Where are you from and where are you going?

I am born and raised in Washington D.C and now reside in New York City. Up next is Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Zurich, Switzerland, Seattle, Washington, and Albany, New York all in the next 2 months.

4. Who is your biggest hero?

Wes Craven is my biggest hero. I really look up to him and began studying his films at a young age. He”s the reason why I went to film school in the first place. If I hadn”t gone to film school I wouldn”t have found a thread with tap and film, so I”m grateful for him and the work he has done.

5. What book is your bible?

William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Shakespeare’s works are all so good but this one stood out for me because it is so dark and dramatic and it inspires me every time I”m in the studio creating my own work.

6. What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love the World Wrestling Entertainment, popcorn, candlelit dinners, and voicemails. Things I hate are bad endings to movies, late moviegoers, lazy students, and watching people eat cereal.

7. What is your raison dӐtre?

Every day I wake up and I think to myself how can I share this beautiful art form with everyday people? My goal is to share the dance and pass the information down from one generation to the next.

8. What is your favorite color?

My favorite color has to be red. It”s a no brainer–I love horror films! When I was young I wanted to wear red all the time while I was on stage because I believed I could tap fast like the red corvette car.

9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

I’m not really into comics but Nightmare on Elm Street, the famous horror film, had a limited edition of comics that were really cool and scary so I guess Freddy Krueger would be my comic superhero.

10. What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

The Lowes AMC cinema on 67 & Broadway. Such a beautiful movie theater. I dream to one day have my own films premiere there.

11. What turns you on?

Great directors, braces, oak wood, roller coasters.

12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Have you ever had  the opportunity to combine Tap and Horror?

Yes, I am starring in Tales of Poe, a new horror film that”s an official selection at THE NEW YORK HORROR FILM FESTIVAL premiering November 14th at the Tribeca Cinemas. What”s really cool is that there hasn”t been a tap dancer featured in a horror film prior to this. When choreographing for the film there was so much drama, so much rhythm in the body that wanted to speak out and express. This was the first step for putting tap back into the movies. There is a lot of room for tap to be re-introduced onto the big screen. I am thankful Bart Mastronardi made this possible, so I”m really excited about this New York premiere. The film is directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, also starring scream queens Adrienne Queen (Friday the 13th), Amy Steel (April Fool’s Day), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Bette Cassatt (VHS2), Desiree Gould (Sleep Away Camp), and many more.

Cartier Williams is a hoofer, director, choreographer, and performer.


Cartier Williams Official Site

Questions by PMc Magazine

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Photography by Oliver Sarkis & Courtesy of Rubenstein PR

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