Bard Faculty

Arthur Aviles

Guest Artist

Primary Academic Program: Dance


BA, Bard College. Arthur Aviles ’87 is an award-winning, New York–based dancer and choreographer. After receiving his degree in dance and theater from Bard, Aviles performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for eight years. The founder of Arthur Aviles Typical Theater (AATT) and cofounder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, he was honored with a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for outstanding creative achievement during the Jones/Zane seasons of 1988 and 1989. He is also the recipient of a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its own) Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Tanne Foundation award, Creative Artist Image Award, the Mayor’s Award for Art and Culture, and an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Bard College. Aviles’s company has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theater Workshop, Central Park SummerStage, Symphony Space, Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and other venues in New York and around the country. In 2002, the company founded the Bronx Dance Coalition, which strengthens and supports professional dancers and dance companies based in the Bronx. Aviles has been awarded dance residences and led workshops at Oberlin College, Arizona State University, Middlebury College, and SUNY Purchase, among many others. At Bard since 2018.