Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas’ premier contemporary dance company, appoints Elizabeth Van Vleck as Associate Executive Director and announces lineup for 2022-23 season

Dallas, Texas — Dallas’ premier contemporary dance company today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Van Vleck as Associate Executive Director. Van Vleck brings to the company a lifetime of dance experience as a performer, teacher, choreographer, coach, administrator and fundraiser. She has worked with some of the most prestigious dance companies and institutions in the world, including Shapiro & Smith Dance, New York City Ballet, National Dance Institute, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, CalArts, Diavolo, BODYTRAFFIC and Dallas’ TITAS DANCE/UNBOUND.

Elisabeth Van Vleck photo by Kent Barker


In her role as Associate Executive Director, Van Vleck will oversee the company’s national touring program, strengthen ties and partnerships across the country, and expand community impact initiatives, including masterclasses, workshops and educational engagement programs..

“Elizabeth’s passion for dance, her vast experience and her solid reputation in the world of dance make her the ideal person to help take Bruce Wood Dance to the next level and inspire new audiences around the world” , said Gayle Halperin, executive director of Bruce Wood Dance. . “We are thrilled to have him on board as we enter this exciting next chapter for the company. I know his experience in all aspects of dance will be invaluable as we continue to build on our successes, ensure longevity of the company and to impact generations.

Led by Artistic Director Joy Bollinger, one of Magazine Ds 78 The Women Who Make Dallas Great, Bruce Wood Dance continues to build an emotionally powerful and visually stunning repertoire that reminds audiences in Dallas and beyond of the power of dance to entertain, enrich and heal.

Dance of Bruce Wood – slip zone – by Joy Bollinger


Coming out of the pandemic, the company renews its mission to create unique and powerful programming focused on the human and societal issues that affect our world. Van Vleck will help expand this mission.

The Bruce Wood Dance Season 2022-2023 presents the following productions:

  • Back homeBruce Wood Dance returns to Fort Worth, Texas on September 17, 2022 for one night only at the WE Scott Theatre. The performance features two nationally acclaimed works by Bruce WoodRED and Lovett!. Tickets are on sale at BruceWoodDance_Homecoming.Eventbrite.com

  • AwakeNovember 18+19, 2022 company premieres Dvok Serenade by Lar Lubovitch at Moody Performance Hall. Lubovitch was named one of the ten best choreographers in the world by The New York Times,

  • Dallas Spring Arts Festivalco-produced by Bruce Wood Dance and The Dallas Conservatory, kicks off Dallas Arts Month on April 8, 2023. This free, family-friendly festival in Klyde Warren Park features a diverse range of music and dance for all to enjoy.

  • A spring concerto, featuring the repertoire of Lar Lubovitch, takes place April 29, 2023 at Moody Performance Hall.

  • Gracethree performances at Moody Performance Hall June 9-11, 2023 feature two world premieres: one by award-winning artist Ben Needham-Wood and one by Bruce Wood Dance Artistic Director, Joy Bollinger.

For more information on Bruce Wood Dance, visit brucewooddance.org.

About Bruce Wood Dance

Bruce Wood Dance is a leading contemporary dance company in the United States whose mission is to harness the power of dance to entertain, enrich and heal. The company has been called a shining star by Texas Arts and Culture and is regularly recognized as the best dance company by Magazine D (2013, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2021) and the Best of Voice of Dallas 20142018 and 2020. Bruce Wood Dance was founded in 2010 by nationally acclaimed artistic director and choreographer Bruce Wood, who tragically passed away in 2014.

Artistic Director Joy Bollinger successfully continues Woods’ legacy by curating emotionally charged and highly kinetic productions (ArtandSeek.org). She expanded the company’s repertoire to feature new works by world-class choreographers such as Bryan Arias, Yin Yue, Omar Romn de Jess, Adam W. McKinney, Jonathan Campbell, Stephanie Martinez, Garrett Smith, as well as premieres in Dallas by the great 20th century choreographer, Lar Lubovitch. Hailed as one of the most evocative and lyrical choreographers on our stage by D-Magazine, Bollinger created six critically acclaimed works for Bruce Wood Dance. Fort Worth Star Telegram called his work carved in stone the best dance in 2016.

The company has performed across Texas, at the Joyce Theater for American Dance Platform 2020 in New York and at Jacobs Pillows Inside/Out Performance Series. Bruce Wood Dance has been part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2016.

Bruce Wood Dances programs and events are made possible by the following sponsors – Heritage Auctions (HA.com), James Avery Artisan Jewelry, TACA, City of Dallas Office of Arts+Culture, Daniel Lome Charitable Fund, Moody Fund for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Communities Foundation of Texas, Lacy Fund for the Arts at Communities Foundation of Texas, Texas Commission on the Arts State Cultural District, Donna Wilhelm Family Foundation, Roger Fullington, Ellen Kendrick Creative, Inc . , Lancaster+Associates, Inc., VisitDallas.com and Carrington Coleman.

For more information on Bruce Wood Dance, visit brucewooddance.org.

Bruce Wood Dance Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

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