Capitol Dance Theatre (formerly Terra Firma Dance Theatre), under the guidance of Artistic Director, Stuart Loungway, serves as a cultural think-tank for the dance landscape of Washington, DC and beyond.

Promoting an environment that cultivates dialogue and the exchange of creative ideas as exemplified through our dance performance, educational outreach and experimental theater initiatives. Our primary focal points are underserved populations and non-traditional theatergoers, in order to introduce them to the power of the arts as a life changing force. As a rapidly rising contemporary ballet company, the core of our work focuses on movement as the primary language of basic human interaction and communion.

In promoting a risk-free environment of diversity, CDT emphasizes the value of dance as a medium to enrich, empower and engage all members of the community via its high-quality, accessible and affordable programming.

As vanguard caretakers of the art form of ballet, we actively seek to promote new audiences and heighten their awareness and willingness to move away from “traditional and typical dance models”. With a responsible eye to the future of ballet, we work to provide a progressive and contemporary experience, with the understanding that ballet will not look as it once has.

The interwoven philosophical, societal and political issues of the 18th and 19th centuries, that once informed and governed the creation and understanding of new dance work and art in general, no longer exist. It is with this notion in mind that we embark upon our mission to present a new and viable model that preserves ballet as a current and relevant art form, which carries the potential to provide a deep and long lasting impact upon its audience members.