Bernard H. Gaddis

Founder/Artistic Director, Conservatory Director

Bernard Gaddis' dance studies began in Philadelphia at the High School for Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Ms. Althea Leslie, Judy Oruska, & David Kloss. He received numerous awards and scholarships while in high school, including a full scholarship to the prestigious Governor's School for the performing Arts. Mr. Gaddis has also received scholarships to the Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Princeton Ballet, & The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bernard's first professional dance experience was with The Philadelphia Dance Co. (Philadanco) at the age of fift...Read More

Our Story

CWDT, 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

Contemporary 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...Read More

Our Vision

It 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...Read More