John Williams, while at Cornell University studying architecture, became a folk dancer. Since then, he has acquired an extensive, well-rounded folk dance experience and has concentrated on Scottish dancing under the direction of Jeanne Carmichael in Boston.
He danced under the direction of the St. Andrews Society in Washington, D.C.. He also studied under David Rosenberg.
Dances John has taught include American Mony Musk, American Petronella, The Birks of Invermay, Hamilton House, Jessie's Hornpipe, Ladies Fancy, Lord Rosslyn's Fancy, Monymusk, Mrs. Macleod, Rakes of Glasgow, Scottish Petronella, Scottish Reform, and She's Ower Young to Marry Yet.