BOLERO. PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
The mission of Bruce Wood Dance is to present high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that
harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. Fortified by Bruce Wood®’s
aesthetic, BWD produces and maintains his repertoire, commissions new work by resident choreographers and
guest dance-makers, and contributes to the quality of life in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, and across the nation.
Bruce Wood Dance Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.
Bruce Wood is a registered trademark.
BRUCE WOOD DANCE PROJECT was launched in Dallas in January 2011 to champion the vision, leadership, and artistry of nationally acclaimed Texan dance-maker Bruce Wood.® BWDP picked up where the successful Fort Worth-based Bruce Wood Dance Company left off.
Why is BWD the most celebrated dance company in Dallas?
Over the past six years, BWD has received rave reviews and awards, and has been included on every annual Top Ten Dance list by The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and TheaterJones.com. Fortified by Wood’s legacy, artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh leads this exhilarating Dallas-based company into its seventh year with new work and fresh new collaborations.
Since you’re on this site, chances are you're a discerning dance lover with a passion for compelling choreography and transcendent dancing.
We’ve got good news. You have the opportunity to see an amazing show later this year when BWD presents Lone Stars at the Moody Performance Hall. Mark your calendar now for March 16 at 8:00 PM.
What distinguishes Bruce Wood Dance?
“It’s because of the work,” was Wood’s favorite answer. BWD is Wood’s second company. A group of Dallas investors in 2010 lured him from Fort Worth to base a company in Dallas after the renowned Bruce Wood Dance Company folded in 2007. Why? Dance-goers missed his creativity. They missed the excitement of what he was going to create next. They missed the buzz that surrounded his performances.
Over his 20 years as an artistic director and choreographer, Wood created more than 80 ballets acclaimed for their originality, innovation, and humanity. He was a trailblazer in true Texan fashion. He did it big.
Wood’s choreography is relatable. He created dances about human nature—the ups and downs of daily life. You can easily relate to his dances because you have experienced them yourself. Ranging from funny to sad, goofy to surreal, you can identify. You can feel the warmth of a tender moment or the sadness of loss. Wood demystified dance and captured the audience like no other artist in the region.
During BWD’s successful 5YEARS productions in 2015, Nikaidoh commissioned new works from choreographers whose philosophies were either akin to Wood’s aesthetic or influenced by it. She invited BWD founding dancer Albert Drake to create a world premiere, Whispers, for the June 2015 program. For the second production in November, she commissioned an up-and-coming choreographer Bryan Arias to create My Heart Remembers; and she choreographed her first world premiere for the company, Find Me.
In The Dallas Morning News, Manuel Mendoza applauds, “Led by the revival of a riveting Bruce Wood masterpiece, the late choreographer’s company put on one of the best dance shows of the year this weekend at Dallas City Performance Hall. The eclectic program included premieres of two accomplished works that share qualities with Wood’s intimate and touching human-scale approach while also doing their own thing.”
Over the past 20 years, Wood’s productions have had a lasting impact on dancers, audiences, patrons, and culture. Among other accolades, BWDP was named Best Dance Company by D Magazine editors in 2013, 2014, and 2017. With significant support from the Dallas Fort Worth community along with recognition from the media—the buzz is back.
MY HEART REMEMBERS. PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS. PHOTO BY AMITAVA SARKAR