William Patrick Howell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started his dance training at age 15 at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance. At age 18, he was offered a full scholarship to train at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. After two years he trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City on full scholarship, where he also appeared in the feature film "Center Stage". Mr. Howell started his professional career at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, where he danced many leading roles including Laertes in Hamlet, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jonathan Harker and Renfield in Dracula, among others. From 2004-2007 Mr. Howell has danced as a soloist with the United Kingdom's Northern Ballet Theatre, where he performed roles including the title role in Peter Pan, Gypsy pas de deux in La Traviata, and the final role before his departure, D’Artagnan in the critically acclaimed Three Musketeers, a role that Artistic Director David Nixon created on him. While dancing in England, Mr. Howell was named dancer of the month in Dancing Times magazine. He also traveled throughout Germany and France dancing Don Quixote, and served as a staff member to the Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp. Favorite roles at Milwaukee Ballet include Stepsister in Michael Pink's Cinderella and Captain Hook in Peter Pan, which Michael Pink created on him.