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.
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Upcoming Events

SCBD Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions for 2017-18 season

SCBD Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions for 2017-18 season

Jun 2, 7:00pm - Jun 2, 8:00pm

Contemporary Ballet Dallas
5400 E Mockingbird Ln, Ste 207
Dallas, TX  75206 Map

School of CBD Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions June 2, from 7-8pm. $15.00 audition fee. Please register beforehand. Audiiton is open to all students ages 9 years and up that have trained in tap for at least 3 years. The Tap Ensemble is part of the School's Performance Program and students perform in the DFW metroplex and at competitions.
Director Keira Leverton
Keira Anne Leverton received her early tap training from her tap teacher Terry Wolter, and her grandfather, Buster Cooper. Later she sought the training of Acia Gray in Austin, Barbara Phillips in San Antonio, and Jay Fagan and in Chicago. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and the Third Coast Rhythm Project. She has had the privilege of studying with many professionals in the field, such as Derick K. Grant, Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Henry LeTang, Sam Weber, Nicole Hockenberry, Dianne Walker, Gregory Hines, and Yuji Uragami. In 2010, she received the Gene, Louise, and Fred Kelly Tap Teacher Scholarship.
Leverton has performed at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Sky Dome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She toured nationally and internationally as a dancer and later as dance captain with “Barney’s Colorful World” from 2003-2004. She played “Bert” and various chorus characters in Sesame Street Live’s touring productions of “Elmo Makes Music“, and “When Elmo Grows Up” in 2007-2008.
In 2011, she received the opportunity to work and travel internationally to Japan, Korea, Turkey, Europe, and the UK as “Grover” with “Sesame Street Live’s USO Experience for Military Families”, as a part of Michelle Obama’s project “Joining Forces”. The tour kicked off with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in attendance.
Leverton’s acting credits include the lead role in the award winning short film “Bitch” that was selected to play at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
Keira co-founded and co-directed the Drawbacks Youth Tap Ensemble, Dallas’s oldest and longest running youth tap ensemble. She also co-founded and co-directed the Dallas based tap company, Rhythmic Souls. Many of her students have gone on to dance in professional shows.
Leverton’s latest endeavor is the resurrection of her grandfather’s company, Choreo Records with the addition of the youth tap company. The Choreo Records Company mission is to preserve and promote the historic choreographic works of jazz and tap dance master Buster Cooper.
As a teacher, Keira is passionate about preserving the history of the indigenous American art of tap dance. She maintains constant interaction with the national and international tap community, so that in addition to her original works and the historical traditional material, she may bring fresh and up to date information to her students.
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