Dwight Rhoden, Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, 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 who began dancing at age 17, he has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, he appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS "Great Performances" specials. In 1994, Rhoden and legendary dancer Desmond Richardson founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet (CCB). Together they have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for nearly 2 decades. For over 18 years, CCB and Rhoden's choreography has been presented on 5 continents and in over 20 countries, including the USA, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, The Baltic Region, Egypt, Israel, and the Middle East. Since 1994, he has created over 80 ballets for CCB as well as numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Arizona Ballet, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, BalletMet, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, North Carolina Dance Theater, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov), Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company. He has also directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater, and live performances, including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment's Tribute to Style, Amici, and Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity, and choreographed and appeared in the feature film One Last Dance. He has also worked with and created works for high-profile artists such as 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. He was recently commissioned to create a work for the centennial celebration of reknowned collage artist Romare Bearden.
Widely known as "a dancer's choreographer," Rhoden has coached and created for diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, including legendary dancers Carmen De Lavallade, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, Sandra Brown, Jodie Gates, and Gus Solomons. He is the Resident Choreographer of North Carolina Dance Theatre, and has taught, created works for, and served as Artist in Residence at many universities, including New York University, Juilliard, UC Irvine, Skidmore College and The University of Mississippi, where his 2004 Racial Reconciliation Project was credited as a catalyst for dialogue in a community that has been historically divided. His honors and awards include the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School's Apex Award in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.