Dancer and choreographer American, born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 21, 1939.
He began his dance studies in Tucson, from where it went to New York to study with Martha Graham, Robert Dunn, José Limón and Merce Cunningham. He made his debut in the company of the latter in 1961 and participated in the premiere of the choreography Aeon (1961) and Winterbranch (1964). He was one of the founding members of the Judson Memorial Church in New York, where he presented most of his choreography, which include Physical Things (1966) and Satisfying Lover (1967).
In 1972 he started the improvisation system known as "Contact Improvisation", based on the theories of Cunningham and Rauschenberg about body movement and its relationship with space and energy. Starting from 1974, Paxton formed part of the Grand Union group, founded by Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brownand David Gordon, among others. Dancer Vincent Dunoyer created single entitled coal (1998), which was premiered at the cycle dança do Sec. 20th century in Portugal.