Bruce Wood, founder of Bruce Wood Dance Project and perhaps one of the areas most esteemed choreographers and advocates for the Dallas dance scene, has died of complications from pneumonia and heart failure. He was 53.
His death was extremely unexpected. I just saw Bruce a couple of weeks ago and he looked the picture of health. He was excited about his new work he was premiering at the Spring Celebration Gala for Dallas Black Dance Theatre and honoring Ann Williams, and he was knee deep in rehearsals for his dance company's summer show, Touch, June 12-13 at the City Performance Hall. Gayle Halperin, president of BWDP, said the new show would go ahead as planned as a tribute to him
This is the official release sent out by BWDP:
In Memoriam of Bruce Wood - 1961-2014
Esteemed choreographer, friend, and master teacher; Bruce Wood experienced complications from pneumonia and died of heart failure, with his family by his side, on Wednesday, May 28. His death was sudden and unexpected. He was 53.
Wood was a maker of dances that had tremendous impact on thousands of lives. As artistic director and sole choreographer of Bruce Wood Dance Company from 1996-2007 and Bruce Wood Dance Project from 2010-current, the work lives on. The next BWDP performance carries-on at the Dallas City Performance Hall on June 12-13, 2014.
He is survived by his mother and two siblings. The family has asked that donations be made Bruce Wood Dance Project (www.brucewoodance.org) in lieu of flowers.