Wayne State University

2017 Faculty

DWIGHT RHODEN:

Dwight Rhoden

Dwight Rhoden (Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer) 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, Rhoden 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 has 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. Together they have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for over two decades. CCB is widely considered as "America's Original Multicultural Dance Company", and is celebrated for its pioneering spirit, and the building of a universal brand that continues to challenge traditional ideas, and redefine possibilities in the dance arena. Under Rhoden's direction, Complexions has become a dance institution that is much in demand. Leading the way, as a destination for innovation through courageous and cutting edge programming. Over the years, Complexions has remained consistent in delivering a profound passion for diversity that has framed its vision and become its hallmark.

For over two decades, Rhoden's choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory. For over 23 years, Rhoden's work has filled some of the most prestigious theaters across the globe including, The Joyce Theater (NYC), The Bolshoi Theater (Moscow), The Marinsky Theater (St Petersburg), Maison De La Danse (Lyon), The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles), BAM (Brooklyn) Cairo Opera House (Egypt), The Arts Center (Melbourne, Australia), The Auditorium Theater (Chicago), Tel Aviv Opera House (Israel), The ASB Theater (New Zealand), Holland Dance Festival, Grand Theatre De Geneva (Switzerland), Isle De Dance Festival (Paris), to name a few. CCB and Rhoden's work has been presented on five 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. "Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency, a brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story -- all these qualities make him (Rhoden) one of today's elect choreographers."(The LA Times)

 Since 1994, Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, 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, Marinsky Ballet (Kirov), Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, among others. Mr Rhoden 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/or created works for such high-profile artists 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. Rhoden was also recently commissioned to create a work for the centennial celebration of renowned collage artist Romare Bearden, and has Directed and Choreographed The Great Gatsby Ballet.  "Rhoden's work is post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage, picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post- modern, techno-savvy worldview" (Dance Magazine). 

Widely known as "a dancer's choreographer," Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance including legendary dance artists Carmen De Lavallade, Misty Copeland, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, Sandra Brown, Jodie Gates, and Gus Solomons, to name a few.

Mr. Rhoden is the Resident Choreographer of The Charlotte Ballet and has taught, and served as Artist in Residence at universities around the United States including New York University, Juilliard, UC Irvine, Skidmore College, The Boston Conservatory, and The University of Mississippi, where his 2004 Racial Reconciliation Project was credited as a catalyst for dialogue in a community that had been historically divided. Rhoden is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, and subsequent induction into the NYFA Hall of Fame, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School's Apex Award. Rhoden was recently nominated for a Benois De La Dance award for his libretto for Gatsby The Ballet, and received an honorary Doctorate degree from The Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

DESMOND RICHARDSON:

Desmond Richardson

Desmond Richardson (Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director) the first African American Principal dancer of American Ballet Theater, received Tony award nominations for his role in the original cast of Fosse on Broadway, as the Principal character "Tony" in Twyla Tharp's Broadway production Movin' Out, making his Broadway singing debut in the Burt Bacharach/Hal David -Ann Reinking/Scott Ellis Broadway production The Look Of Love, and as a standout in recent Tony award winning Broadway production AfterMidnight. He recently graced the January 2016 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine.

With his technical virtuosity and statuesque expressive demeanor he has been hailed by the NY Times as among the great dancers of his time. Lara Hartley poetically described him on the Ballet Magazine website as "Moving Sculpture, a body that is art, passing through time and space with power and grace - all parts connected, never stopping but heart stopping in beauty."

Richardson has been a principal member and an invited guest artist with some of the most prestigious companies domestically and internationally, such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Frankfurt Ballet, The Bolshoi Theater, The Royal Swedish Opera Ballet, Mariinsky Theater, Teatro a La Scala, The Washington Ballet and The San Francisco Ballet, to name a few. He has performed on the most important stages in the world including The Metropolitan Opera, The Kennedy Center, The State (Koch) Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Teatro al la Scala, Paris Opera, The Bolshoi Theater, Teatro Massimo and the Kremlin stage in Moscow Russia. Richardson has appeared in many stage productions from City Center Encores to being the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in dance, such as The Dance Magazine Award, Capezio Award, Ailey Apex award, LA Ovation award, Bessie award, The YoungArts Alumni Award, a 1986 YoungArts Finalist & Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Richardson was invited to Israel to dance with Israeli dance icon Ido Tadmor, pianist Daniel Gortler and vocalist Adi Cohen for the 61st. Presidential conference in Jerusalem, Israel. He has also appeared as Celebrity guest performer and choreographer on hit Television Shows, Films, Videos and Stage productions, The American Music Awards, The Oscars, Italy's AMICI, America, Australia and Israel's So You Think You Can Dance for six seasons, principal performer in Debbie Allen's musical Soul Posessed, Julie Taymor's Opera Grendel as "Beowulf",Teatro al la Scala production of Moise e Pharoné with Roberto Bolle and conductor Maestro Riccardo Muti, featured performer with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and many others in commercials and films, such as the Oscar winning smash hit Chicago, Julie Taymor's Across The Universe's, Patrick Swayze/LisaNiemi's One Last Dance, Charles Randolph Wright's (Director MOTOWN) Preaching to the Choir, and can be seen In the new independent film Fall To Rise.

Richardson was a featured performer and invited guest of the late Larry Rosen on the PBS special "Jazz and the Philharmonic" with a noted impromptu improvisation with vocal master Bobby Mcferrin, as well as Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Mark O'Connor, Terrence Blanchard, Baritone Eric Owens, Shelly Berg, and many other notable musicians. He also recently choreographed for and was Co-Creative Director on the Sybille Szaggers Redford production of Way Of The Rain Of The Rain featured at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival with notable musicians Will Calhoun, Chuck Palmer and Dave Eggar. Richardson continues to give back as a Master teacher with the AllStars project NY, YoungArts Miami, United Way, on Dance Conventions -The Pulse, NYCDA, ASH and many others. He is involved in various Master workshops Internationally and domestically and is continually helping to foster the next generation of artists with his world renowned dance company Complexions Contemporary Ballet now celebrating it's 23rd year"with Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden. His video collaboration with the Trumpet master Grammy Award winner Terrance Blanchard "Magnetic" shot by Nitin Vadukul was viewed with critical praise. Richardson has also served as Co-creative director and choreographer with Award Winning Luxury lifestyle designer David Monn for the Park Avenue Armory Gala, worked with Video Director Alan Ferguson for Grammy winner Jill Scott video " Back Together" featuring dancers from Complexions, being an assistant as part of the creative movement team under direction Stephen Galloway (Collective Shift) for Fashion Icon Tom Ford, Creative Movement Director for Jimmy Choo and Banana Republic and worked with legendary Bassist Nile Rodgers on his video projects "I want your love".

Mr. Richardson is currently Guest Artist in residence at the new Glorya Kaufman School of International Dance at University of Southern California in Los Angeles from a personal invitation from Ms. Kaufman in addition he is back in the studio recording new music for his soon to be released LP.

MEG PAUL, Program Director:

Meg Gurin-Paul received her early training with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Florida. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, Meg was invited to train on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. At fifteen, Meg began her professional career touring with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and the Joffrey Ballet II apprentice company. She was promoted to the Joffrey Ballet at nineteen, rising through the ranks to perform leading roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker-Sugar Plum Fairy, Love Songs, Italian Suite, La Vivandiere Pas De Six, The Clowns, Valentine, Suite Saint-Saens, Light Rain, Billboards, Les Sacre Du Printemps, A Trifling and more.

Meg is a recipient of The Princess Grace Award and has been a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She directed Ballet Builders, a NYC showcase for emerging choreographers and was Ballet Master for the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. Meg was a faculty member at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has taught master classes around the nation for the past decade. Along with her husband Vince Paul, Meg co-founded World Arts Inc., a representation agency that represented national and international companies such as Nacho Duato's Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Les Grand Ballets Canadian.

Meg assisted Twyla Tharp for the Tony-award winning show Movin' Out , serving as Dance Captain during the Broadway run. Meg performed both leading roles as "Brenda" and "Judy" and she also staged the national touring cast of Movin' Out. Meg was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored by the Detroit Free Press as one of Detroit's Renaissance Heroes in 2008.

Currently, Meg is the Ballet Master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, full time faculty at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, artistic director of the WSU Dance Workshop company and is Program Director for the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University.

JAE MAN JOO: 

Jae Man Joo 

JAE MAN JOO: (Choreographer. Ballet Master) He was a Principle dancer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Hispanico. He Is A Recipient Of Princess Grace Award For Excellence In Choreography in 2009. He was the the Associate Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet where he direct & teach the company and also performed for past 15 years.

Joo Started Classical Ballet Training In Kwang-Ju, Korea Where He Was Born And Raised.  In 1996, He Received The Best Individual Artist Award From The Bagnolet International Dance Festival in Paris, France. He worked with Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Shen Wei, Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, Jessica Lang, Michel Elliman and More.  He Choreographed  "Sorrow" (Frank Schubert) At DTW IN 2004.  "Duet" (Jules Massenet) 2006 Korean Dance Museum invitation. He was a In-House Choreographer for Complexions contemporary Ballet. He choreographed  "TEARS" (Sergei Rachmaninoff) in 2007,  "SURFACE" (Claude Debussy) in 2008, "Atmosphere"(J.S.Bach) in 2009, "Flight" (J.S Bach) in 2012  All works premiered at Joyce theater NYC.  And in 2013 Joo premiered a sensitive approach & visual focused his first full length Act work "Recur"(Max Richter, Silverstrov ) commissioned by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Which World Premiered at Aram Opera House in Korea, and NY Premiere at the Joyce Theater.  "Recur" performed in national and international 2014 tour including 'BALLET OPEN' Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia. In 2015 Joo Premiered "Beautiful Imperfection" (Nyman, Montero) Commissioned by Marymount Manhattan College Dance Spring Concert.  In 2015 Alvin Ailey School / Fordham BFA Commissioned & Performed His Creation "Into The Light" Music Of Antonio Vivaldi, in 2016 He re-staged "Into the Light" for Igal Perry's Peridance Contemporary dance company. Recently premiered His New Full Act Ballet "Circular" (Denison, Handel) for  AILEY II Company.  

Clifford Williams:

Clifford Williams Clifford Williams (Artist in Residence) began his dance training at F.H. LaGuardia High School of Art and the Performing Arts. He attended The Ailey School and The School of American Ballet, both on scholarship. He was a first-level recipient of a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award in 1998. In 1998, he attended The Juilliard School, where he danced works by many choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Igal Perry Hans Van Manen, Jose Limon and Mauricio Wainrot. In 2001, he was invited to join Dance Theatre of Harlem, where he danced until 2003.

In 2004, Mr. Williams joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York, NY). He has danced works by Dwight Rhoden, William Forsythe, Nicolo Fonte and Jae Man Joo. Since 2004, Mr. Williams has assisted Director/Choreographer Dwight Rhoden on numerous projects including ballets for North Carolina Dance Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet , The Diana Vishneva Project, Ballet San Jose, Israel Ballet , Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma as well as for the television show "So You Think You Can Dance." He has also set Dwight Rhoden's works on schools such as The Ailey School/Fordam University , Boston Conservatory , Harvard University Marymount University and NYU Tisch School for the Arts. In addition to setting works for Dwight Rhoden, Williams is certified in teaching "Nique" the official Contemporary Ballet technique of Complexions Contemporary Ballet; and continues to be a part of educational outreach for Complexions. In 2008, Mr. Williams left Complexions to dance as a Principal dancer with Compañia Nacional De Danza under the Direction of Nacho Duato. During that time, he danced many principal parts and was featured in creations by Mr. Duato. Mr Williams rejoined Complexions in 2009, where he danced as principal until 2012 before being appointed to artist in residence. In 2014 Williams was featured in Debbie Allen's "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" as the Title character which aired on BET Network. He is also part of cast of the 2016 Golden Globe Nominated Starz Network Mini-series "Flesh and Bone".Williams is a 2015 Benois de la Danse Nominee .Most recently Mr. Williams performed as Meyer Wolfsheim in an international production of The Great Gatsby , Choreographed and Directed by Dwight Rhoden.

 

Tercell Waters:

Terk Lewis Waters (Dancer) from Mansfield, OH, began his training at the age of 17 with Tony Calucci at the Dance Extension in Columbus, OH. He received his B.F.A. in dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Antony Tudor, Frank Chaves and Ron DeJesus. In addition,

Terk has trained at The City Ballet of San Diego with David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland and Sandra Jennings, and at River North Chicago Dance with Frank Chaves and Sara Bibik. He danced with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, where he performed in works by Laurie Eisenhower, Louis Falco, Eddy Ocampo, Joel Hall and Michael Foley. He also recently performed as a soloist in Lindsay Nelko's full length contemporary ballet Awakening, the World Ballet Competitions "All Stars of Dance Gala" and Rasta Thomas' "Dreamscape" Gala. Terk has also worked on music videos for artists Nile Rogers and ELEW. He joined Complexions in 2010 and has since performed in world premieres by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man Joo and Marcelo Gomes. "I believe "greatness" resides in Terk Waters. He is not just a really good dancer but a dancer rare for his generation." -Darrell Wood, critic, NYC Dance Stuff.

 

Young-sil Kim:

Young-sil Kim (Dancer) was born in Okayama City, Japan. She began her ballet training at Sugimoto Sonoko Ballet with Sonoko Sugimoto and Svetlana Assaouliak. At age 18 Young-sil moved to NYC to study dance at the Joffrey Ballet School and later at Ellison Ballet professional training program, where she graduated in 2008. She has danced with Configuration Dance Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Company, Ballet Hispanico II and Peridance Contemporary Dane Company. She performed works by choreographers including Susan Jaffe, Sidra Bell, Enzo Celli, Igal Peri, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Dwight Rhoden. She has studied summers at Walnut Hill, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Springboard Montreal and Complexions. 

Ms. Kim joined Complexions in 2013.

 

 

ANDREW BRADER:

Andrew Brader (Dancer) was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and began his training with Karen Hebert and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts with Jan Miller and Miguel Lopez. He attended The Harid Conservatory on full scholarship and the Jaqueline Kennedy Onasis School at American Ballet Theatre, also studying privately with Susan Jaffe. He was invited to join ABT as an apprentice, dancing with the company at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, and then joined the Houston Ballet performing in ballets by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine. He danced with the Los Angeles Ballet for four seasons performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Serenade, Kammermuzik No.2, Lar Lubovich's The Evangelist, Bournonville's Napoli Pas de Six and original works by Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Olivier Wevers, and Melissa Barak's Scrying presented as the first dance installation performed at NYC's Modern Museum of Art. Andrew was a 2009 Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and has been selected to dance with the National Choreographers' Initiative for four seasons in Orange County, California. He spent two seasons with BalletMet Columbus before joining Stadtische Theater Chemnitz as a Soloist in Chemnitz, Germany. Andrew joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2014 under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and is an instructor for Complexions' intensives, as well as the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives.