DWIGHT RHODEN (Founding Artistic Director/Principal Choreographer) of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, now celebrating its 26th Anniversary has established a
remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Rhoden began dancing at age 17. Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater In 1994, Rhoden and Desmond Richardson founded COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet. They have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for over two decades. Under Rhoden & Richardson’s direction, COMPLEXIONS has become a dance institution high in demand, as a center for innovation and cutting edge programming. Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin of the development of COMPLEXIONS repertory. “Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency, a brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story—all these qualities make [Rhoden] one of today’s elect choreographers” (Los Angeles Times). Since 1994, Rhoden has created over 90 ballets for COMPLEXIONS, as well as for numerous other companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet Arizona Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletMet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO!, Mariinsky Ballet, Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, among others.
Rhoden has also directed and choreographed performances for shows across a range of media, including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s Tribute to Style, Amici( Italy) and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, and he appeared in the feature film One Last Dance (Patrick Swayze / Lisa Niemi) He has collaborated with a number of celebrated artists, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, The Turtle Creek Chorus, and Patrick Swayze.
Rhoden is a recipient of various honors and awards including The New York Foundation for the Arts Award, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School’s Apex Award. Rhoden received an honorary doctorate degree from the Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance. In the spring of 2018, Rhoden premiered a new work with San Francisco Ballet for Unbound: A Festival of New Works. 2019/2020 marks Complexions 27th anniversary season and is currently working on a new creation for San Francisco Ballet, Ballet X and complexions.
Rhoden is a master teacher and continues to give back through countless Master Workshops nationally and internationally and is a member of SDC.