Bernard H. Gaddis | The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance TheaterContemporary West Dance Theatre, formerly known as the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, was founded in 2007, by Bernard H. Gaddis and Charmaine Hunter. CWDT is considered one of the “Fab Four” Fine arts organizations in Las Vegas. CWDT is Las Vegas Valley’s premier contemporary dance company, best known for its passionate and relatable repertoire. CWDT has a dance style that is both classical and modern as well as highly athletic. The Company has over 40 Ballets in its repertoire, some which have been performed by some of the most renowned dance companies in the world!!

Our Mission

MJ | The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance TheaterContemporary West Dance Theatre is dedicated to preserving and presenting the work of generations of great artists, choreographers and teachers, as well as, showcasing the work of emerging talent in a broad spectrum of dance styles. CWDT seeks to maintain a world-class performing arts company, creating multicultural opportunities to build artistic bridges beyond our borders. Through educational outreach programs, CWDT seeks out at-risk youth and provides a path to confidence, discipline, and excellence that will benefit the youth and their community way beyond their participation in the dance program.

CWDT will bring the elegance, grace, discipline, and dignity that is dance to all classes, all cultures, all walks of life

Our Vision

Roman | The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance TheaterIt is our vision that the Contemporary West Dance Theatre and its artists become distinguished ambassadors of America through the universal language of dance. Based in Las Vegas and proud to be part of its legend, we seek to bridge cultural divides and connect to art forms around the world using the powers of mind, body, and spirit, translated into dance.

Dance is the spoken word of movement and is part of the culture of almost every civilization in the world. Through the sharing of dance’s many rituals, we envision sharing Las Vegas with the world and bringing back a little of the world in return.

CWDT Community Outreach

PHIB | The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance TheaterToday, more than ever, our community needs The Arts, as a forum for self expression, communication, exploration, imagination, and cultural and historical understanding. The Arts are the heartbeat of culture that identifies a city’s community with the world. The Contemporary West Dance Theatre goal has always been to empower our community by celebrating the love of lifelong learning and performing in The Arts.It is the mission of the Contemporary West Dance Theatre (CWDT) to maintain a world class Performing Arts Company and School by creating multicultural opportunities in building artistic bridges beyond our borders, while preserving and presenting the work of generation of great artists, choreographers and teachers. CWDT seek to bridge cultural divides and connect art forms around the world by translating mind, body and spirit into dance. CWDT is dedicated to serving the greater population of Las Vegas in The Arts.

Upcoming Performances

Our Journey Through Dance - February 9th - 11th
West Las Vegas Library Theatre
Generation Z - March 31st - April 1st
West Las Vegas Library Theatre

Recent News

Love With LVCDT Valentine’s Day Performance - The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater presents its February Valentine’s Concert performance “Love with LVCDT”
Video – LVCDT at the Smith Center - LVCDT Celebrates 5 Years with a Performance at the Smith Center
LVCDT Celebrates Five Years! - LVCDT premiere at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Alice Down The Rabbit Hole - Press Release
October 3, 2014
LVCDT on Las Vegas PBS - An interview with Founder/Artistic Director Bernard H. Gaddis of the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater
Video – LVCDT’s PHIB - Video - LVCDT's PHIB on Vimeo
LVCDT’s New Demo Reel - The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater Demo Reel on Vimeo
Simply Ella - Press Release
November 13, 2015
Ballet #37 - The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater in "Ballet #37"
VESPERS - The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater in "VESPERS"