Contemporary Ballet Dallas, founded in 2000 by SMU dance alumnae, is a local professional dance company performing a diverse repertoire of modern, ballet, and jazz influenced works to inspire the North Texas community. The company's progressive, diverse & contemporary style combines with a variety of music genres engaging a broader audience.


The School was founded in July of 2005 by SMU dance alumnae to promote a higher quality of dance education and fitness for persons of all ages and skill levels in a positive and fun learning environment. The School of CBD offers training by instructors with extensive professional experience. Adult dance & fitness and Children’s dance programs are offered.


View all of the services that we offer and schedules here! On-going Adult dance classes, Adult Basics Beginner Series, Adult fitness classes, Children’s dance classes, Summer Camps & Classes, gift certificates & more!


Help us reach our 2016 Goal! Raising 100 supporters that give $100 each!
Your donation goes towards the following programs and helps maintain the company:
Outreach, Dancer salaries, Dancer’s pointe shoes, Administrative costs. Production costs including theater rental, costumes, props, production crew, and lighting design.
No amount is too small!

Upcoming Events

Holiday at the Ballet

Holiday at the Ballet

Dec 8, 8:00pm - Dec 9, 9:30pm

Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
2351 Performance Dr
Richardson, TX  75082 Map

Holiday at the Ballet features two premiere works from renowned Guest Choreographers & re-staging of a holiday classic.

Guest Choreographer Carter Alexander premieres a work set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “L’inverno” movement of The Four Seasons. Mr. Alexander’s work fuses contemporary with ballet for six dancers and incites all the excitement and flurry of Winter! CBD is premiering a work by local choreographer Laura Pearson. Ms. Pearson’s work summons the new beginnings the holiday season tends to inspire in all of us.

CBD is excited to be re-staging Robert Beard’s Ceremony of Carols. Robert Beard was formerly with the Martha Graham Dance Company He is prolific choreographer and known for his command of the Graham technique. Ceremony of Carols is set to Benjamin Britten’s choral piece, “Ceremony of Carols” and is a moving, sweeping work.

And finally, CBD and the School of CBD Youth Performing Ensemble present Clara’s Dream, featuring favorite dances within Act II of The Nutcracker! Share the wonder with Clara as she takes us to the Land of Sweets. Clara’s Dream is staged by Allison Watson-Festner and features choreography by Mrs. Watson-Festner, Carter Alexander & Adrian Aguirre. The professional company and the Youth Performing Ensemble share the stage for the dances of Arabian, Spanish, Chinese, Mirlitons, the Sugar Plum Fairy & more!
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