Aaron M. Wood

Teacher - Choreographer - Performer

Welcome -

Thank you for stopping by.

I hope my web-site gives you an idea of who I am and what I do.

I feel very fortunate to have modern dance as my medium of expression. I am a believer in human rights and equality for all. I believe that being an artist I am accountable to society by giving voice where voice has been muted. My creative works primarily focus on the recognition, advancement and acceptance of gay rights. Dance and gay advocacy are my passions and work simultaneously with one another; one can't help but to feed the other.

Please feel free to click on the tabs located above; these will guide you to your specified topic choice. If you would like to contact me, you may via the email address listed below.

Again, thank you for stopping by!

Aaron

aaron@aaronmwood.com

News -


  • The time has come to pack my bags and move once more; this time I'm returning to Casper, WY where I have accepted a Dance Instructor/Choreographer position at Casper College. I'm returning home, returning to where I took my first dance class, returning to teach those who will be taking their first dance class. It's amazing how life works in circles. 
  • Along with premiering at the 2017 ISU Dance in Concert, my newest work "The Genius of the Crowd" will be presented at the 2017 ACDA Northwest Regional Conference in Eugene, OR. Check out the performance video here and photos here.
  • The essence of movement is change. With change brings new adventures, and I am excited to announce my newest adventure will be in Pocatello, ID at Idaho State University. I have accepted an opportunity as an Assistant Professor of Dance and am excited to be joining the ISU faculty. Check out this link for more information.
  • I will be taking my work "The Making of Me" to RADFest, in Kalamazoo, MI, in March 2016. I'm excited to share the stage with the other artists this festival has selected.
  • December 2015 - I presented my newest work “Echoing Terrain of Solitude.” This work incorporated video projection and an original sound score, alongside ten male dancers in an exploration of how masculine identity is shaped, created, and defined by Wyoming landscape.
  • My work titled "...and time ran out" premiered at the 2015 Northwest ACDA festival. This work involves seven dancers and explores lost memory of self. Check it out here.

Reviews -


"...in Aaron M. Wood’s 2007 The Making of Me, in which he interrupts a finely executed dance of the modern ilk by stripping off his shirt and pants before a projected text that contains a list of adjectives (“male,” “American,” “gay,” etc) that others use to describe and create him, juxtaposing his exposed body with words that suggest an anxiety over being understood, even as he notes in his text that these words both are and are not him, so please “choose [them] judiciously.”
- Irene Hsiao , Online Review, March 2016

A massive silken sheet represented contamination in the air as part of "Air Pollution and Inversion."
Aaron Wood beautifully manipulated his elegant movements in and around the gossamer pane of fabric, trying to avoid being overtaken.
- Melissa DeMoux, Deseret News, November 2011

"Watermark," by RDT alum Ford Evans, spoke to the ebb and flow of Utah's rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Guest dancer Sadie Carhart with the company's Aaron Wood instilled meaning into their individual parts.
It was a joy to see RDT dancers use their strength and abilities in this technically challenging work.
- Kathy Adams, Salt Lake Tribune, October 2010

Aaron Wood's lyrical "Appalachia Waltz" ... captured the audience's hearts through movement, color and sound.
- Scott Iwasaki,
Deseret News, November 2008

Dancer and choreographer Aaron Wood's "Appalachia waltz" is a well-constructed and emotion-filled moment within the otherwise frantic and silly performance.
- Kathy Adams, Salt Lake Tribune, November 2008