About Us

colorChicago Contemporary Dance Theatre, formally known as Baltimore Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre, was established in 1998 under the direction of Dr. Charles Carter. Under his direction the company has performed throughout the United States. In 2007, Dr. Charles Carter decided to pass his legacy on. Inspired by Carter’s passion, commitment and dedication to arts and the community: Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre has opened a training facility to continue the legacy.

Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre (Chi-CDT) is a dance-arts and educational institution grounded in African American traditions, and dedicated to excellence in providing instruction, performances and community programs to students, artists and audiences.

Chi-CDT is guided by a belief that dance is a silent voice that celebrates, empowers and elevates the human spirit with the capacity to transform individuals and communities. Chi-CDT is committed to honoring diversity and self-expression throughout the community.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
Martha Graham