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Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson Present "Complexions Technique"

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What is Complexions Technique?

Complexions has been recognized around the world by its innovative and expansive Choreography. Created by Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the Complexions Technique has been admired and sought after since the inception of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company 20 years ago....

Assisted Barre Work with Dwight Rhoden

Learn how to strengthen feet, increase extension, improve flexibility and find your ballon from a Master Instructor.

Center Floor Instruction with Desmond Richardson

Learn how to obtain great balance and control of the body from one of the Greatest Dancers of our Time.

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What’s Included in the Video Download?

The Complexions Technique is based on decades of training, technical expertise and performance. This system is definitively the #1 Contemporary Ballet training method in the World today.

Pre-Warm Up & Plies

Preparing the body for movement.

Tendeus, Battements & Rond de Jambe a terre / en Lair

Working through proper technique. 

Fondu Developpe

Working through proper technique. 

Battement Frappe

Working through proper technique. 

Grande Battments

Working through proper technique. 

Shear & Shapes

Working through proper technique. 

Stretch, Swings & Adagio

Working through proper technique. 

Center Exercises : Moving Combinations

Working through proper technique.

Center Adagio / Traveling Adagio & Petit Allegro / Small Jumps

Working through proper technique.


Working through proper technique. 

Fast Floorwork w/ Pointe Shoes, Moving Slides

Demonstration with proper technique. 

Featuring: Improvisational Exercise by Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Desmond Richardson

Using the demonstrated CCB technique to build beauty.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Demonstration Dancers, Clifford Williams & Christie Partelow

Demontrating all technical Movements with added commentary of their experience with the technique and working with Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Special Accompaniment Conversation with Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Dwight Rhoden & Matthew Ferry - Musician, Composer Dance Accompanist

Building an organic music style with Complexions.

Special Video Out-Takes

Raw video out -takes for your enjoyment!



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If you’ve been desiring to teach or learn the Complexions technique, this content-packed video will transform and elevate your level of dance, your understanding of the proper Complexions Contemporary Dance Technique, and allow you to learn directly from World Class, Highly Regarded Industry Veterans, Master Choreographer, Dwight Rhoden and Dance Extraordinaire, Desmond Richardson – the Creators of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.


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We elevate the True range of dance by incorporating strong technical skills with Creativity & Art.

Dwight Rhoden

Dwight Rhoden

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Resident Choreographer Complexions Contemporary Ballet View Details
Desmond Richardson

Desmond Richardson

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Artist-in-Residence Complexions Contemporary Ballet View Details
Dwight Rhoden

Dwight Rhoden

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Resident Choreographer Complexions Contemporary Ballet

DWIGHT RHODEN 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 Ballets 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 nearly two decades.  Complexions 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, Complexions has become a force to be reckoned with.  Over the years, Complexions has remained consistent in delivering a profound passion for diversity that has framed its vision and become its hallmark. 

For nearly two decades, Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory.  For over 18 years, Rhoden’s work has filled some of the most prestigious theaters across the globe, including The Joyce Theater/NY, The Bolshoi Theater/Moscow, The Mariinsky Theatre/St Petersburg, Maison de la Danse/Lyon, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Los Angeles, Brooklyn Academy of Music/NY, Cairo Opera House/Egypt, The Arts Center/Australia. The Auditorium Theater/Chicago, Telaviv Opera House/Israel, The ASB Theater/New Zealand, Holland Dance Festival, Grand Théȃtre de Genève/Switzerland, Isle De Dance Festival/Paris, to name a few.  Complexions and Rhoden’s work has been presented on five continents and in over 20 countries, including the United States, 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, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletMet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Mariinsky Ballet/Kirov, Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, among others. Mr. Rhoden has also directed and choreographed for television, 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 recently commissioned to create a work for the centennial celebration of renowned collage artist Romare Bearden and choreograph The Great Gatsby for the Mariinsky Theatre that will premiere this fall. “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, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, Sandra Brown, Jodie Gates, and Gus Solomon, to name a few. Rhoden is the Resident Choreographer of North Carolina Dance Theatre and has lectured, taught, created works for and served as artist in residence at universities around the United States, 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.   
Rhoden is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards, including 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. In 2014, Dwight Rhoden was celebrated with a Honorary Doctorate Degree from Boston Conservatory and was inducted into the Hall of Fame from New York Foundation for the Arts for outstanding choreography.

Desmond Richardson

Desmond Richardson

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Artist-in-Residence Complexions Contemporary Ballet

60th Capezio Dance Award 2011
Tony Award Nominee “ Fosse” 1999
Dance Magazine Award 2007

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of dance genres from his roots in hip hop, classical, modern and contemporary ballet. Praised for his powerful dancing and singular performance quality, Richardson has been the hallmark performer who has shaped the essence of the Complexions style.

His roles as a principal dancer and guest artist with such notable companies as Alvin Ailey, Frankfurt Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Swedish Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Austin Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Teatro Massimo, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet have helped shape his artistry.

In 1997, Richardson become the first African American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and was chosen by choreographer Lar Lubovitch to create the title role in Othello. About his performance of the work, The New York Times described him as “one of the most majestic dancers to ever tread the Metropolitan Opera House stage.” Working in television, film and video in the United States and abroad, Richardson has performed with such musical artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, En Vogue and Madonna.

In 2009, he made his Broadway singing debut in the Burt Bacarach/Hal David musical revue The Look Of Love (Ann Reinking /Scott Ellis) and was cast in the lead role of Tony in Twyla Tharp’s hit musical Movin’ Out in 2004. Richardson has appeared in films such as the Oscar winning movie Chicago, singing in Charles Randolph Wright’s Preaching to the Choir, featured in the Patrick Swayze /Lisa Niemi film One Last Dance, and the Julie Taymor film Across The Universe, as well dancing the lead role of Beowulf in Taymor’s adaptation of Grendel at the LA Opera and the New York State Theater. He can also be seen on DVD in Teatro alla Scala’s opera Moise e Pharone, sharing the stage with dance sensation Roberto Bolle conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti.
Among his many honors are the Bessie Award, Benois de lla Danse (nominee), Monarch Award, The Ailey Apex Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award, and the NFAA Alumni Award. He and collaborator Dwight Rhoden partnered with Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva for her one-woman show Beauty In Motion at New York City Center, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and in Moscow, Russia. Richardson recently returned to Russia as invited guest performer to partner with the incomparable Diana Vishneva for the White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre in a pas de deux created for Richardson and Vishneva titled Three Point Turn. Richardson has been featured guest artist on the world tour of the Kings Of Dance (Ardani Artists), appeared on Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance as celebrity guest performer and as choreographer with Rhoden, and on the hit television show AMICI in Rome, Italy.

Last year, Richardson joined Sir Elton John, Hillary Swank, Adam Lambert, President Clinton, among other stars and dignitaries, as part of Vienna’s prestigious Life Ball 2013, where he created the role of King Schahriyar in the 1001 Nights theme. Most recently, Richardson can be seen in the 2014 Independent film Fall To Rise with Daphne Rubin Vega, Katherine Crockett and Tamara Tunie and was featured in the seven Tony Award nominated Broadway musical revue After Midnight.  In Moscow, Russia, he was invited to dance at the prestigious Kremlin Gala and as a celebrity guest performer on the popular late night talk show Urgant.

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If you've been desiring to teach or learn the Complexions techNIQUE, this content-packed video will transform and elevate your level of dance, your understanding of proper technique, and allow you to learn directly from Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and Legendary Dancer Desmond Richardson - the creators of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

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