Name: B.T. Jones
Distinction: An American artistic director, choreographer and dancer. Jones has received numerous awards for his work.
Brief History: 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. Creating more than 100 works for his own company, Jones has also choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, AXIS Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Diversions Dance Company, among others.
Importance: Art is how you change hearts and minds. I think the LGBT community’s involvement in pop culture is one of the ways it has successfully maneuvered itself into the mainstream.