PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
Kimi Nikaidoh, a Dallas native and long-time Bruce Wood® performer, is now artistic advisor for Bruce Wood Dance following her relocation to Los Angeles. She served as artistic director for Bruce Wood Dance from the time of Wood’s passing in 2014 through August 2018.
Nikaidoh received her training from Canada’s National Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Tanju and Patricia Tuzer. She spent the first five years of her performing career as a member of the Fort Worth-based Bruce Wood Dance Company and joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2005, touring nationally and internationally with the company through 2008.
While earning a degree in neuroscience and behavior from Columbia University, Nikaidoh freelanced as a performer, stager, and choreographer in New York City. Nikaidoh has served as a répétiteur for choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Emery LeCrone at Charlotte Ballet, The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, and Point Park University. As a Wood protégé privileged to dance in more than 40 of his ballets, Nikaidoh has enjoyed restaging his masterful work for BWD, Columbia University, and Boston Ballet II.
Nikaidoh’s choreographic works have been performed in NYC by Complexions Contemporary Ballet (The Joyce Theater), BWD (St. Marks Church and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), Columbia Ballet Collaborative (Miller Theater), and Firebone Theater (Kirk Theater). In January 2018, Nikaidoh’s Bloom was selected for presentation in NYC by the Women in Dance Leadership Conference. Dallas-based Avant Chamber Ballet commissioned a new work from her as part of the Women’s Choreography Project. In July 2018, BWD performed Nikaidoh’s All Things New at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Performance Series.
Eric Coudron was succeeds Joy Atkins Bollinger as rehearsal director for Bruce Wood Dance. Coudron started dancing at age 16 at Southwest School of Dance in Marshall, Minnesota. He began his college training as a musical theater major at Oklahoma City University and later graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. While enrolled at SMU, Eric danced in works by Bruce Wood,® Adam Hougland, and Joost Vrouenraets. Upon graduation, he joined Bruce Wood Dance and performed in nine dances choreographed by Bruce Wood® and various works by Bryan Arias, Kate Skarpetowska, Kimi Nikaidoh, Joy Bollinger, and Albert Drake. Coudron left performing in 2017 to teach dance. For the past two years, he has taught at Prodigy Dance + Performing Arts Centre in Frisco. Over the past year, Coudron has been a company teacher for BWD.
Albert Drake iii Albert Drake III was born in Houston and came to Dallas as a BFA student in Dance Performance at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. As a founding member of BWDP, he has been featured more than 20 of Bruce Wood®’s works. Drake has danced in the 2014 and 2015 TITAS Command Performance galas, treasuring the experience of performing in Wood’s commissioned world premiere in 2014, Hide Me Angel. Drake also has danced with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Chamberlain School of Performing Arts, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Dallas Repertoire Ballet, and recently with Jonah Boaker in a collaborative commission for SOLUNA. He has restaged six works from Wood’s repertoire. He was an artist-in-residence for the Dance Council’s 2014 and 2015 Youth Dance Company, creating a work for 70+ middle and high school students. Drake created his first world premiere, Whispers, for BWDP’s 5YEARS celebration in June 2015.
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.
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