Dallas' premiere dance company, Bruce Wood Dance kicks off 2018 in NYC
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Dec 29, 2017
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Dallas, Texas – Bruce Wood Dance launches into Year 8 with performances in New York City, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Big Spring, Texas. Following in the footsteps of late founder Bruce Wood® (1960-2014), Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh embraces opportunities to collaborate, educate, and increase accessibility. She curates programming that entertains, enriches, and heals by restaging works from Wood’s acclaimed repertoire, commissioning new works by other nationally recognized choreographers like Bryan Arias (2017 Princess Grace awardee) and Katarzyna Skarpetowka (2017 Bessie nominated dancemaker), and offering opportunities to emerging choreographers from within the company.

Topping the list are: a performance at Women in Dance Leadership Conference at Danspace in New York City; collaborative programs in Dallas and Houston, featuring a world premiere by Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Bridget L. Moore; and a 2-day residency in Big Spring, Texas known as the Gateway to West Texas. For more information,

2018 Line Up

 ·        January 19 | Danspace, New York CityWomen in Dance Leadership Conference presents Nikaidoh’s 2016 work, Bloom. Nikaidoh is one of 13 choreographers selected from a pool of 760 applicants representing 38 countries. The 3-day festival includes 3 concerts, 6 panel discussions, 10 movement workshops, 2 film screenings, and more

·        February 3 | Granada Theater, DallasLove, Bruce, A Valentine Cabaret presents one of Broadway’s great leading men, Brent Barrett, accompanied by New York composer and pianist Joseph Thalken and BWD dancers.

·        February 17 | Texas Christian University, Fort WorthAIDS Outreach Benefit Concert.

·        March 16 | Moody Performance Hall, Dallas—BWD hosts Houston’s METdance in a one-night-only concert, Lone Stars, featuring both companies, including the world premiere of Following Echoes, a joint commission created by celebrated choreographer Bridget L. Moore (Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and 2012 Princess Grace Awardee).

·        March 23–25 | Texas Weekend Getaway to Big Spring — BWD performs Saturday evening at Big Spring’s Municipal Auditorium in a production including Bruce Wood’s® all-time favorite work, LOVETT!. Residency includes education outreach programs at Howard College and The Dance Gallery.

·        April 7 | AustinVentures Studio Theater, Austin— BWD + METdance perform Following Echoes at Austin Dance Festival.

·        April 13–14 | Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center, Houston— BWD produced by METdance in an exciting concert, including the Houston premiere of Following Echoes and two world premieres from METdance.

·        June 15–16 | Moody Performance Hall, Dallas—BWD presents the world premiere of a new commission from internationally acclaimed, New York-based choreographer Yin Yue plus two stellar works by Bruce Wood®.

·        November 16–17 | Moody Performance Hall, Dallas—BWD produces a rousing season finale with works by Bruce Wood® in tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

BWD is made possible by its dedicated patrons and sponsors, including Heritage Auctions (; TACA—Performing for the Arts; City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; Communities Foundation of Texas; James + Gayle Halperin Foundation; Donna Wilhelm Family Foundation; Ellen Kendrick Creative, Inc.; 2017 Commissioners Circle; Roger Fullington; Texas Commission on the Arts;; Brian Guilliaux Photography.