The Caribbean Dance Company has as its central purpose the professional training, preservation and performance of traditional West Indian and contemporary cultural forms as developed by founding Artistic Director Monty Thompson.
Since 1977, CDC has fulfilled this service to the diverse Virgin Islands community and the world through main stage performances, classes, lecture demonstrations and research of both Caribbean Folk and contemporary dance forms.
As part of CDC’s primary mission to preserve, teach and display the rich heritage of dance unique to the West Indies, the Caribbean Dance School (CDS) was formed in 1978. With studios in both St. Croix and St. Thomas, CDS offers classes year round in Christiansted, Frederiksted and Charlotte Amalie. CDC also provides in-school outreach classes and performances in VI Schools. A significant portion of students attending classes at CDS receive some form of scholarship assistance from our school. The “Students of Caribbean Dance” performances are produced in May/June on both St. Croix and St. Thomas, incorporating diverse styles, cultures and costumes as viewed by thousands annually.
The Caribbean Dance Company’s program encompasses a majority of the dance forms within our region as well as other contemporary styles; most other companies gear their teaching primarily towards European-based dance forms (ballet and modern) or focus on one local form (quadrille). Elsewhere in the Caribbean, companies tend to concentrate on folk forms within their particular island region. Thus CDC is unique in its comprehensive commitment to the cultural forms of the entire West Indian area. This focus is particularly important as many traditional expressions are in danger of being lost to future generations.