School For Contemporary Dance & Thought

Arts Service Organization


THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) provides innovative programming for all ages to activate imaginations and facilitate empowerment, transformation, and development through the movement arts. SCDT connects dance practices, performances, and classes with thoughtful public conversation, encouraging and invigorating community engagement.


THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is a performance, research, and education platform for artists of all ages to engage in experimentation and continued learning through dance. The school maintains virtual and physical spaces to connect local, regional, and international artists through programming that emphasizes multiplicity, curiosity, and personal choice. 

Central to SCDT's purpose is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of dance while continuing to challenge established concert dance ideals and contribute to the evolution of the field. Through artist talks, performances, classes, and workshops, SCDT engages artists and the public in thoughtful movement practices and experiences. SCDT prioritizes and is committed to programs that support the needs of independent artists at every stage in their careers and their creative processes, from research and development to production. The team at SCDT is comprised of working artists who support creators in their art-making, as well as connect the public, university communities, and local and regional organizations.  

SCDT welcomes individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, class, and ability. We believe that diversity creates a world we want to live in, and encourage you, whoever you are, to join us in creating a space for movement, thought, care, and intention.

SCDT is in a collaborative partnership with A.P.E. @ Hawley at the Northampton Arts Trust.


Primary Discipline


Additional Disciplines

Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts - Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Dance / DJ
Music - Electronica
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - Solo / Recital
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Circus
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville


Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Fiscal Sponsorship
Residency - Other
Venue Rental
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Cultural Education
Curriculum Development
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Audio or Video Recording
Residency - Production / Development
Theater Technical Production
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Product Development Services
Professional Development / Training
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - Community
Virtual Events
Community Arts

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Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2015
  • Approx. 35 events per year
  • Has venues available
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide, County-wide, Surrounding Counties/Region, State-wide, Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round