THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is comprised of independent, internationally experienced teaching artists who embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. Central to SCDT's mission is an abiding respect for the traditions, histories, and evolution of dance and performance with the directive to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub by maintaining space for process based art that connects local and international communities.
SCDT offers adult and youth programming in dance training that includes modern, ballet, and improvisational techniques. The school creates a space for the creative process by regularly curating performances and workshops with established international performance practitioners. SCDT works collaboratively with the Five College Dance department, Middlebury College Dance, The Ponderosa TanzLand Festival outside of Berlin, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Alternativa in SanFrancisco, Jared Williams and The New Movement Collaborative in Boston and the Northampton Community Arts Trust. SCDT is affiliated with the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is working to maintain the space at 25 Main in Northampton as a vibrant community arts space for the greater pioneer valley.
SCDT welcomes humans from all communities, including those of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. We believe that diversity creates a world we want to live in, and encourage you, whoever you are, to join us in creating a space for movement, feeling, thought, and intention.