William Forsythe is an American dancer and choreographer based in Dresden, Germany. He has become known due to his work with the Frankfurt Ballet and for revolutionizing classical ballet.
He studied and trained at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Jacksonville University in Florida. He was a member of the Joffrey Ballet until being invited to join the Stuttgart Ballet, where he eventually became resident choreographer. He was Director of the Frankfurt Ballet (Ballett Frankfurt) from 1984 until its closure in 2004, when he established the Forsythe Company.
Forsythe's choreography explores the area of interaction between visual arts, architecture and interactive multimedia.
In 1994 he developed "Improvisation Technologies: A Tool for the Analytical Dance Eye", a computer application now used by professional dance companies, conservatories and universities. He holds an honorary fellowship from the Laban Centre in London and an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School in New York.