The School of Spectrum Dance Theater

Donald Byrd Workshop 

July 15-19, 2024

Ages: 16+

Time: 11:30 am- 4:30 pm

Cost: $425 for the week Workshop Class and Process/ $375 early bird paid by 4/30. $85 for the week of Technique Class – $20 Drop-In Rate Technique Class Only 

Are you passionate about dance and eager to grow your technical skills? If so, we have an exciting opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Our upcoming Donald Byrd Workshop is designed specifically for dancers like you who are looking to refine their technique, learn from industry professionals, and connect with a community of like-minded individuals.

The workshop consists of a 2-hour and 15-minute technique class and a 2-hour and 15-minute  process/repertory session with a half-hour break midway through the day. 

Technique class focuses on Mr. Byrd’s movement aesthetics. It emphasizes a relaxed, strong, and flexible torso with highly articulated feet and legs with increasing rhythmic and spatial exactness. With this focus, the dancer becomes more efficient in managing energy and more able to control the visual, emotional, and physical impact of their body moving.

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All School Demonstration 

July 16, 2024

The All School Demonstration is a performance that celebrates the talent of our students and proudly demonstrates what they have learned in classes throughout the year.

Please join us for one or all four presentations at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Seattle, WA) on Sunday, June 16th.

This year’s ASD is particularly special. Thanks to our partner organization, Variety Plus, one show will be dedicated to the story “Giraffes Can’t Dance!”

We are eager to share our collaborative efforts with them. It will be a fun experience.

Each show presents different selections and classes. Please ask which time your performer is expected to be there!

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SUMMER 2024 

Summer Camps, Drop-in Classes, and more!
Summer is the perfect time for everyone to explore new activities, share unique experiences, and develop their skills. What better way to do that than through dance?
Spectrum Dance Theater offers a wide variety of children to senior Summer camps, dance intensives, and weekly classes throughout the Summer! 
Our Summer dance camps and intensives can provide children with a fun and engaging way to stay active, learn new techniques, build confidence in their movement and form, and meet new kids their age.
Classes are available for all levels and ages, whether they are beginners or have some experience
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Nordic Utopia? 

The Spectrum Dance Theater Company and guest dancers join ‘Nordic Utopia?’ in Seattle, performing an companion piece to this unique exhibition choreographed by Artistic Director Donald Byrd.
This original performance is inspired by ‘Nordic Utopia?’ African Americans in the 20th Century. Why did African American artists go to the Nordic countries to perform and study in the 20th century, and how were they transformed through their Nordic encounters?
Performances will take place between May 1-4 and May 8-11, beginning at 11:30 am. The performance is included in the price of Museum admission.
The upcoming exhibition ‘Nordic Utopia?’ at the National Nordic Museum illuminates the untold story of African American artists in the Nordic countries through their artwork – paintings, photographs, textiles, film, music, and dance.


Bagley Wright Theater

Seattle Rep

Thank you to everyone that joined us March 15-16, 2024!

On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago, IL, visiting relatives in Leflore County, Mississippi, was abducted and brutally murdered for whistling at a white woman. 

Grief’, a dance/theater piece, imagines a moment an hour before Till’s funeral in the life of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

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Soreng Theater, Hult Center  |  Eugene, Oregon
February 23rd — 24th, 2024

Grief (2021) by Donald Byrd returns to the stage this February in Eugene, OR.

The 2021 Insidious Trilogy piece Grief, choreographed by Donald Byrd, returns this February 2024. Featuring the 2023/24 SDT Company, Associate, and Guest Artists.

Grief follows the aftermath of the work Strange Fruit and explores the subsequent emotions of the traumatic experiences of Black people during the Jim Crow era proceeding slavery. Byrd explores the full range of emotions of a mother figure like Mamie Till after losing her son Emmet Till – only able to imagine his suffering. In this brand new work, the company will delve deep into the fury and pain Mamie Till felt. Byrd believes Mamie was led by her grief when she made the decision to present her son’s body in an open casket funeral. Byrd also speculates that she aimed to “amplify” her pain and humanize her son in the moment. Whether it was an act of self-preservation or a decision made out of pure outrage, her choice changed the course of history. The Spectrum Dance Theater company marinates in her pain and suffering to connect to the deep-seated emotions of not just Mamie Till, but mother’s everywhere.

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Ages 18mo – 5yo 

The Children’s Division is designed to provide a rich, nurturing, and structured dance environment that focuses on the whole child and allows each child’s creativity and individuality to shine!

  • Creative Movement: Grown-up & Me
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Ages 5-18 

The School of Spectrum Dance Theater provides youth classes that cater to all levels of experience in dance and movement. These classes include opportunities for creative movement and skill development, suitable for those who are new to dance as well as those who wish to further their dance education with a diverse range of classes.

  • Pre-Ballet / Ballet  (I – VII)
  • Pointe (Intro – Beginner – Intermediate)
  • Jazz (I – VII)
  • Pre-Tap/ Tap (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • Mini/ Pre-Teen/ Teen Hip Hop
  • Creative Contemporary & Dance Making
  • Advanced Contemporary
  • Donald Byrd Contemporary Technique
  • Intro to Choreography
  • Global Dance
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Children + Youth 

Cost: $15 -$18

Looking for movement and dance without a session-long commitment?

The School of Spectrum Dance Theater offers teen + toddler drop-in classes for those interested in bringing dance to their routines!


  • Monday:  Global Dance | Ages 12-18yo | 7:00PM – 8:30PM
  • Wednesday: Creative Movement | Ages 18mo – 2yo | 9:00AM – 10:00AM
  • Friday: Creative Movement | Ages 3-4.5yo | 9:00AM – 10:00AM
  • Friday: Pre-Teen Hip Hop Choreography| Ages 9-12yo | 5:00PM- 6:00PM
  • Friday: Teen and Adult Hip Hop Choreography ||Ages 13-18yo | 6:15PM – 7:15PM
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Ages 13 – 65+

Rate: $15 – $18/ Non-Senior Rate 

Rate: $10- $15 / Senior Rate* as defined by AARP

The School of Spectrum Dance Theater offers a variety of movement and technique-based instruction for teens, adults, and seniors of all physical capacities and experience levels.

Sign up for weekly classes as you go or enroll in the entire session of classes.

  • Mon/Wed/Fri: Hybrid Fitness for Living | 18+ | 9:00AM – 10:00AM
  • Monday: Global Dance | 13+ | 7:00PM -8:30PM
  • Tue/Thurs: Adult Jazz | 18+ | 10:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Tuesday: Open Ballet Basics| 15+ | 6:30PM – 7:45PM
  • Wednesday: Open Intro to Donald Byrd Contemporary | 15+ | 10:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Wednesday: Open Pilates | 15+ | 4:30PM – 5:30PM
  • Wednesday: Open Tap Refresher| 15+ | 5:30PM – 6:30PM
  • Thursday: Intro to Choreography | 13+ | 6:00PM – 7:30PM (Seven Week Packages Only)
  • Friday: Open B.K Floor Barre | 15+ | 10:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday: Open Beginner Intermediate Funk Jazz | 18+ | 5:00PM – 6:30PM
  • Friday: Teen and Adult Hip Hop Choreography | 13+ | 6:00PM – 7:00PM
  • Saturday: Ballet “It’s Elementary” | 13+ | 11:00AM – 12:30PM


Produces contemporary dance of a global caliber.

Educates the community about dance as an art form and social/civic instrument.

Provides expert, diverse dance instruction to all.


About Spectrum Dance Theater

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. Our principal objective is to make the art form of dance accessible through contemporary dance performances and high-quality training in a variety of dance styles.

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 ambitious works in contemporary dance, and generated local and national praise.


  • 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.


  • To move dance and the arts from the marginal and ancillary to a central position among community activities.
  • To make dance and the arts integral partners in civic dialogue, promoting healthy communities.
  • To have dance and the arts be considered part of the solution to the challenges facing our communities.

Core Values

  • That a contemporary dance aesthetic enables dance to convey socially relevant themes.
  • Support of 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.
  • Programming, education, and training that bridges cultures.
Three components comprise the organization:
the professional Company, the School, and Community Engagement programs.

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