Artistic Director: Kimi Nikaidoh
Bruce Wood Dance Project (BWDP) presents original, contemporary choreography that expresses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enlightenment, and healing. Fortified by Wood’s aesthetic and repertoire, BWDP commissions new works by acclaimed and emerging choreographers, produces and preserves Wood’s nationally acclaimed repertoire, and contributes to the cultural life of Dallas Fort Worth and the nation.
A Texas native and nationally renowned choreographer of 80+ works, Bruce Wood and Gayle Halperin founded BWDP in Dallas in 2011. Wood was artistic director and primary choreographer until his unexpected death of complications from pneumonia in May 2014. Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh directs the company at its rehearsal studio, Bruce Wood Dance Gallery, in the Dallas Design District. BWDP was selected as Best Dance Company by the Editors of D Magazine in 2013 and 2014 and is on every Top Ten end-of-year list since 2011.
“Our purpose is to shift consciousness. That aspiration covers everything I want the company to do. If we have ever caused someone to rethink their own beliefs about something, or helped someone look at a subject with new understanding, or shown someone how to be more tolerant of others, or simply reminded someone of their own abilities, then we have begun to fulfill that mission.” ––Bruce Wood
Kimi Nikaidoh a Dallas native, received her training from Canada’s National Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Tanju and Patricia Tuzer. Following high school, she spent the first five years of her professional performing career as a member of the Fort Worth-based Bruce Wood Dance Company, enjoying the mentorship of Wood and his corps of thoughtful, talented, and devoted dancers. Nikaidoh joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2005 and toured nationally and internationally with the company through 2008.
She then began work on a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University and continued to perform with various groups, including Bruce Wood Dance Project, Thang Dao Dance Company, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and Emery LeCrone Dance. Nikaidoh has staged work for Dwight Rhoden and Emery LeCrone at North Carolina Dance Theater (now Charlotte Ballet), Marymount Manhattan College, and Point Park University. She also staged Bruce Wood’s
Local 126 for Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s performances at Miller Theater in NYC, and worked as a rehearsal assistant at The Juilliard School in preparation forNew Dances: Edition 2012.
Nikaidoh has choreographed her own works, performed in NYC by Complexions Contemporary Ballet (The Joyce Theater), Columbia Ballet Collaborative (Miller Theater), Firebone Theater (Kirk Theater), and by members of Bruce Wood Dance Project for The Young Choreographer’s Showcase (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center). She also created pieces for Youth America Grand Prix (Texas Ballet Theater School, Dallas) and Tuzer Ballet.
Nikaidoh participated in the first three seasons of the Bruce Wood Dance Project as a dancer and is honored to now serve as artistic director. With tremendous respect for Bruce Wood as a choreographer, teacher, and visionary, she is committed to nurturing his artistic legacy and hopes audiences will continue to enjoy and be touched by his work—far into the future.