DALLAS, Texas—Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas’ premier dance company, announces a weekend of fun for the whole family in Big Spring—the Gateway to West Texas. Bruce Wood Dance offers two days of dance classes and brings the weekend to a rousing finale on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM with A Texas Tribute at the historic Municipal Auditorium, 310 East 3rd Street. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and seniors, and free for ages 12 and under. Purchase tickets by cash or check payable to Bruce Wood Dance at the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, The Dance Gallery, The Heritage Museum, Howard College Dance, and the HEB outlet. Tickets are on sale from March 7–24.
“Emotionally charged and highly kinetic,” says KERA’s ArtandSeek.org about Bruce Wood Dance. A Texas Tribute celebrates the remarkable artistry of nationally acclaimed Texan choreographer Bruce Wood® (1960–2014). Through his repertoire of 80 works—lionized for their originality, innovation, and humanity—Wood is remembered as a trailblazer of contemporary dance. He founded and directed the Bruce Wood Dance Company in Fort Worth from 1996 to 2007, and formed Bruce Wood Dance in Dallas in 2010. Amazing athleticism and memorable musicality are trademarks of Wood’s dances. Said Dallas critic Margaret Putnam, “Images so simple and telling last a long time, and further secure Wood’s place as a master choreographer.”
Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh and her team foster Bruce Wood’s legacy. Nikaidoh’s tribute to the Lone Star State is perfect for families and arts lovers alike. Delight in the whimsical Schmetterling (“butterfly”), a glorious dance set to Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 21+23. Enjoy the romantic duet, My Heart Remembers, set to the Latin-flavored music of Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe, created by Bryan Arias, an internationally celebrated choreographer. Closing the show is Lovett!, an audience favorite and the most requested piece from Bruce Wood®’s vast repertoire. Set to a suite of songs by Texan Lyle Lovett, this signature work reflects the spirit of Wood’s experiences as a cowboy and rodeo rider. Lovett! has been described as “hilarious, inventive, thigh-slapping fun, and quintessentially Texas.” By the end of the show you’ll be smiling from ear to ear and tapping your toes to Lovett’s That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas).
Nikaidoh also has developed a fun-filled education program on March 23 and 24. Lyrical and hip hop dance classes suitable for ages 7 to adult take place Friday, March 23 at 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM at The Dance Gallery, 2303 Goliad Street. Classes are $15 each or $25 for both. Call The Dance Gallery at 432–267–3977 to register. Class sizes are limited.
On Saturday, March 24, BWD offers a contemporary dance workshop ($25) featuring excerpts from Wood’s renowned repertory. The workshop, for ages 13 and up, runs from 10:00 AM to noon at Howard College Hall Center, Arts Blackbox Theater at 1001 Birdwell Lane. To register, contact Courtney Burgans, Howard College Community Education, at 432–264–5131; or contact Cynthia Weeks at 432–264–5161. A $40 Weekend Special is available for dancers from ages 13 and up: receive two days of classes, one ticket to BWD’s A Texas Tribute, and an invitation to meet the artists at a post-performance ice cream social at the luxurious Hotel Settles. Class size is limited.
Under the artistic direction of Nikaidoh, the company has flourished: Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2017, 2014, 2013; Best of Dallas Voice 2014–2018; inclusion on every annual Dallas–Fort Worth Top Ten in Dance list since 2011. BWD was appointed to the 2016–2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and has toured to New York City; Washington D.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and Austin, Texas over the past year.
BWD is grateful to the following sponsors who have made this residency possible: Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hotel Settles; Myra Robinson; Texas Commission on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Heritage Auctions; James + Gayle Halperin Foundation; Donna Wilhelm Family Foundation; Ellen Kendrick Creative, Inc.; Commissioners Circle; Roger Fullington; and Brian Guilliaux Photography.