Contemporary West Dance Theatre to become Artist in Residence At the Charleston Heights Performing Arts Center

For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernard H. Gaddis
800 Brush Street,
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Phone: (818) 749-6477
Date: June 10, 2020

Contemporary West Dance Theater (CWDT), in collaboration with the city of Las Vegas, will become one of the first Artists in Residence at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. CWDT will rehearse, perform and continue its mission to cultivate multicultural performing arts programming for the Las Vegas community. Over the last ten years, CWDT has aspired to increase its creative impact within the Las Vegas local arts community by raising the bar of artistic excellence. The collaboration between city of Las Vegas and CWDT will elevate the company’s status as a creative force and permanent fixture in the city. Under the leadership of Ally Haynes-Hamblen (Director of Cultural Affairs) and Michelle Patrick (Performing Arts Manager), CWDT will occupy Charleston
Heights Arts Center beginning June 22nd, 2020 and kick off the season with a two-week dance Summer Intensive starting July 27th – August 7, 2020 for local dancers. To register visit, ( A 2020 Fall Concert Season is in the making as well as the world premiere of “A Cool Yule” A Christmas Spectacular, slated for December, 2021.


Contemporary West Dance Theatre (CWDT), formerly the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, is a multicultural nonprofit organization founded in March 2007 by Bernard H. Gaddis and Charmaine Hunter. These former principal dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem (respectively) created Las Vegas’ first premiere contemporary modern dance company, named by the Las Vegas Review Journal as one of the “Fab Four” arts organizations in Nevada. The company has a dance methodology that integrates classical and modern paradigms with an athleticism that gives audiences a more profound dance experience. CWDT dancers are passionate, relatable and highly skilled, and have been bringing virtuoso to the stage that have excited and inspired audiences around the world for over a decade.