Dominic Walsh moved to Houston, Texas to attend Houston Ballet’s school in 1987 and joined the company in 1989. In 2002, while still a Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet, he founded the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. In 2004, Dominic left Houston Ballet in order to devote his time to choreographing and building his new company.
Following the its debut in February 2003, Dance Magazine declared, “At last Houston has a contemporary dance company on par with its symphony, opera and ballet companies.”
Season after season, DWDT has built a stellar reputation for taking the techniques and skills of classical ballet into more contemporary realm where sensuality and intimacy meet muscular fluidity. And, by October 2012 the company’s repertoire had grown to 60 ballets, many of which were choreographed by Dominic Walsh.
However, collaboration with other arts organizations, artists and choreographers has also been critical to the company’s artistic growth, integrity and respect for the craft. In addition to Walsh’s inventive works the repertoire also includes work by such iconic choreographers as Mauro Bigonzetti, Jirí Kylián, Ben Stevenson, Mats Ek and Matthew Bourne.
By bringing together the world’s greatest choreographers consummate dancers, musicians, designers, and visual artists, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater revolutionizes how you see, hear, and feel ballet.
To learn more about DWDT through the years please visits the Past Seasons section.
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s program Moving Bodies, Moving Minds is an Education & Outreach program that offers opportunities for all ages including outreach programs, lectures/demonstrations, master classes, and open rehearsals.
In addition to producing a vibrant Houston season, DWDT has toured nationally and internationally and has appeared at the IX International Ballet Festival of Miami, the Vail Valley International Dance Festival, the Extremadura International Contemporary Language Dance Festival in Mexico, Spain’s Torrevieja Gala, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Joyce SoHo, Ballet Quad Cities, Friends University, and galas in Europe.
Since 2002, there have been so many incredible moments it is difficult to select only a few to highlight. We have included much of the history throughout the site with photos, a list of the repertoire and background notes on the works.
The work that Dominic Walsh and his company have been producing for since 2002 has touched the lives of people all over the world. Each production reminds us of the importance of protecting and supporting arts that provide innovative, thought provoking and internationally acclaimed performances year after year. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater continues to accomplish this and also collaborates with national and international artists.
The arts need our support, now more than ever and we hope you will consider making an investment today in Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s future and in the future of arts in our communities.