About Our Company
The mission of Contemporary Ballet Dallas is to present innovative dance performances and educational programs to a broad audience, while cultivating emerging dance artists and choreographers in North Texas.
We meet our mission by:
- Fusing traditional ballet with contemporary dance and music to present ballet as a progressive art form
- Implementing outreach programs that make dance accessible to underserved communities
- Providing dancers and choreographers the opportunity to perform and create in a smaller, contemporary setting.
History of CBD
Contemporary Ballet Dallas, CBD, is a unique dance company for a unique city and was founded in 2000 by SMU dance alumnae.
CBD performs a diverse repertoire of modern, ballet, and jazz influenced works that inspire the North Texas community. The company’s progressive, diverse & contemporary style combines with a variety of musical genres, in turn, engaging a broader audience. Utilizing professional dancers and recent college graduates, concerts are billed for the everyday man, as well as dance enthusiasts interested in a full spectrum of dance styles. CBD has received favorable reviews from dance critics throughout the area and continues to be recognized throughout the local dance scene.
CBD creates original new work constantly, while also accessing strong repertoire in its library. The company has also commissioned new works throughout its history and continues to present main-stage concerts each season. CBD also provides a platform for emerging artists to set works at no cost to them, performs at local community performances and art festivals, serves as entertainment for charity events, and continues to present community outreach programs to under-served students through our Chance to Dance educational initiatives.
CBD first appeared on the scene in March of 2000, performing in local dance festivals. CBD then premiered its first main-stage concert in Addison, TX on September 14, 2001 to a packed house. In March of 2002, CBD participated in the first annual Out of the Loop Festival in Addison, TX and presented their second main-stage show Bottled Poetry at the Bob Hope Theater in June of 2002. Bottled Poetry was named one of the top ten dance events of the year by the Dallas Morning News. The Arts for Everyone Concert Series presented in March of 2003 at McFarlin Auditorium reached nearly 1,500 people with a program the Dallas Morning News called “inspired.” In addition to these highlights and more successful performances, CBD has presented its original holiday favorite Boogie Woogie Christmas Carol for seven seasons, incorporating students from the School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas.
Since its beginning in 2000, Contemporary Ballet Dallas has consistently produced full concert seasons, participated in a number of area art and dance festivals, premiered over 50 original works, afforded opportunities to over 25 local and emerging choreographers to set works and see their vision become a reality by providing the dancers, the rehearsal space, costumes, lights and venue to premiere their work at no cost, and additionally has commissioned 8 new works from respected and renowned choreographers.
About the Director
- Mrs. Tabor co-founded Contemporary Ballet Dallas in 2000, and has since served as one of the company’s choreographers and now, Artistic Director. She received her early dance training from Ballet Midland, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theater. She has performed in works by choreographers Isadora Duncan, Helen Tamaris, George Balanchine and Martha Graham. As a Dallas native, Valerie attended Southern Methodist University, earning both a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology, graduating cum laude.