Dwight Rhoden to Receive Honorary Degree at Boston Conservatory's 2014 Commencement, 5/17
Award-winning choreographer Dwight Rhoden has been selected as the Honorary Degree Recipient at The Boston Conservatory's 2014 Commencement, scheduled for May 17, 2014. He will also deliver the 2014 keynote commencement speech.
Rhoden is the founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he began dancing at the age of 17 and has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, which Rhoden founded alongside legendary dancer Desmond Richardson in 1994, is widely known as America's original multicultural dance company.
Rhoden has earned the distinction from The New York Times as "one of the most sought-out choreographers of the day." His work and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet's work have been featured in some of the most prestigious theaters around the world on five continents and more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, South America, Mexico, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Switzerland, Paris and more.
In addition to creating ballets for dozens of companies-including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet and others-Rhoden has directed and choreographed for television, film, theater and live performances: "So You Think You Can Dance," E! Entertainment's "Tribute to Style" and Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity. He also choreographed and appeared in the feature film, One Last Dance. In addition, Rhoden has worked with or created works for Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, Nicholas Payton, Paul Simon, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, Patrick Swayze and others.