Gregory Dawson began his studies in Chicago at Ruth Page School of Ballet and then left for Southern Illinois to study ballet and Haitian dance with Katherine Dunham. He moved to San Francisco where he studied with Evelyn Schuert at Shawl-Anderson Dance Studios and with Alonzo King at Dance Central. Mr. Dawson left for New York in 1982 to study with The Dance Theatre of Harlem. From 1983-1986 he danced with Theatre Ballet Canadian, returning to the Bay Area to perform with Oakland Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet. Mr. Dawson joined LINES in 1987 and danced for 18 years with the company.
Upon retiring from the company in 2005, he began to teach and choreograph for Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California and for the LINES Ballet Training Program. Student from the BFA program were selected to represent the Southwest Region and perform his "Solid Soil Beneath Our Feet" at the National College Dance Festival in New York. Mr. Dawson has also been on faculty for the San Francisco High School for the Arts for the last seven years.
In 2007 he formed dawsondance SF. In 2008 for Company C completed “Which light in the sky is us”, which was nominated for an Izzy for choreography. In 2009 became Assistant Director of the CCCSA Dance Dept. In the spring of 2010, Mr. Dawson reset "Venus" for the 2010 season of David Taylor Dance and in Spring 2011 created a new ballet for DTDT Big Sky Endless Mountains.
In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dawson became Artistic Director of Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver, Colorado (formerly David Taylor Dance). In 2011, Dawson was selected to receive a CHIME grant to be mentored by Elizabeth Streb for a year, which ended in December 2012.