Inductee Biography for DEE DEE WOOD

Dee Dee WoodDee Dee Wood’s love for dance began in high school after she took a ballet class.

Her career as a dancer began in the 1950’s in Broadway shows including, “Guys and Dolls”, “Can, Can”, “Destry Rides again” and “Lil’ Abner”.

Dee Dee and her husband, Mark Breaux, choreographed the classic films “Mary Poppins”, “Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Sound of Music”.

Dee Dee went on to choreograph “Beaches” with Bette Midler, super bowl shows, numerous TV shows and the ceremonies of the ’84 L.A. Olympics.

She won an Emmy for the 100th anniversary of the Statue Of Liberty celebration.

She has worked with some of the biggest stars in show business including: Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby, Billy Crystal, Cher, Michael Jackson, Robin
Williams, Danny Thomas, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and many more. It was her work with Dick Van Dyke that was the highlight of her career
and she was responsible for Mr. Van Dyke and his family moving to Arizona where he filmed the second season of his television show.

In 1998 she received a life time achievement award at the American Choreographers award ceremonies.

Though she is now semi-retired, she still finds the time to help her local community with her expertise by directing musical productions for the Desert Foothills Theater and she is the official
spokesperson for the “Celebration of Dance”, Arizona’s contribution to the National Dance Week.

In 1960, Dee Dee passed through Cave Creek, Arizona and began her love affair with the desert . In 1972 she moved to Cave Creek where she still lives today.