Canberra Dance Theatre (CDT) has a history of connecting professional dance art with community dance. It grew out of the National University Dance Ensemble (NUDE), which in 1977 was under the leadership of Diana Shohet, Lorna Marshall and Graham Farquhar. In 1978 Canberra Dance Ensemble was formed, and Stephanie Burridge took on the leadership role, being named Artistic Director in 1979 with the departure of Lorna Marshall. CDE was incorporated in 1981, and in 1989 the name was changed to Canberra Dance Theatre to serve a wider and more theatrical vision.
Since the beginning CDT has brought together significant Australian dancers, choreographers, musicians and designers, including Dr Stephanie Burridge, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, Kai Tai Chan, Julia Cotton, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Anca Frankenhauser, Beth Shelton, Anna Smith, Dr Cheryl Stock OAM, Andris Toppe, Wendy Wallace, Bernadette Walong, Graeme Watson, Liz Lea, Tammi Gissell, Sue Healey and Amalia Horden. Visit the Canberra Dance Theatre website to find out more.