Born in Walsall, Billy became Deaf at around the age of three. Growing up, he showed a keen interest in music and art. At age eleven Billy first tried out music, and played drums in the school band.
It wasn't until the age of 21 that Billy discovered his talent for dance. Already a big Michael Jackson fan, Billy started to learn all of his moves from YouTube videos, and became a self-taught MJ impersonator. Despite no formal training, Billy had utilised his self-taught skills to start down the path of becoming a dancer and an artist, forming his own Deaf dance crew and traveling the world meeting Deaf dancers.
Billy is a fresh, exciting choreographer, and an inspiring teacher of dance.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Arts Council England, SIGN CRIMINAL (2018)
UNLIMITED International Collaboration R&D Award, Somebody's Watching Me (2017)
Arts Council England, Like Mirabai (2016)
Arts Council England, Birmingham Weekender (2015)
Arts Council England, International Collaboration with US-based Deaf Choreographer (2014)
Arts Council England, Deaf Explorer (2013)
The Complete Freedom Of Truth, Europe (2014-current)
Dance Steptacular, Walsall (2017-current)
NDCS Raising The Bar, Birmingham & Portsmouth (2015)
MUSIC VIDEO / CAMPAIGNS
UNSILENCED: Music Video with HAUTE for Parole aux Sourds, commissioned by BETC. Paris, France (2017)
DREAM DANCE International Deaf Dance Showcase, Hong Kong (2016)
Deaf Expo, Coimbatore, India (2015)
Deaffest Deaf Film Festival, Wolverhampton (2011-2015)
Birmingham Weekender, Flashmob (2015)
Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival, San Francisco USA (2014)
INCLOODU Festival, London (2013)
Festival Clin d'Oeil, Reims, France (2013
Founder / Creative Director
In 2011 Billy founded the all-Deaf dance crew Def Motion. Creating routines and Michael Jackson-inspired choreography, Billy toured the crew around the UK and abroad at various festivals, schools and community events.
Education and Skills
NATD Teacher in Street Dance (2017)
NATD Associate in Street Dance (2016)
Graphic Design BA (Hons)
Wolverhampton University (2012)
BTEC National Diploma in Art Foundation
Walsall College (2008)
GCSEs x9 (Grades A-C)
Mary Hare School 1999-2006
text: +44 7828 718 187
mobile: +44 7982 237 163
Facebook Page: facebook.com/DefMotion
Billy Read: World Traveller
Did you know Billy is also a travel blogger?
Head over to BRB | Gone Somewhere Epic to follow Billy's journey across the world in search of epic adventures, hidden gems, natural wonder, and great coffee - all on a budget!