Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT) was founded in 1982 to bring dance of the highest merit to a diverse audience composed of people from different social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
>>To produce and present contemporary dance of global caliber that challenges expectations and calls forth strong emotions, deep feelings and thoughtful responses.
>>To provide expert dance instruction in diverse dance forms to all.
>>To educate the community about dance as an art form and as a social/civic instrument.
>>that a contemporary dance aesthetic enables dance to convey socially relevant themes.
>>in and support creativity, the creative process, and innovation.
>>that exposure, education and training in the performing arts can be a transforming experience for individuals and communities.
>>that the arts – live performing arts in particular – are an essential element of healthy communities.
>>that promoting arts literacy improves arts accessibility.
>>in programming, education and training that bridges cultures.
Under Donald Byrd’s visionary artistic leadership since 2002, the organization has embarked on an exhilarating transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most avant-garde works in contemporary dance, and generated local and national praise. In addition to its Mainstage productions at The Moore Theatre, SDT launched in February 2006 its first STUDIO SERIES at the Madrona Dance Studios. Plans for national and international touring continue to grow.