Spectrum Dance Theater

Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, Don Sherwood Parks History Collections, 29817

Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT) was founded in 1982 to bring contemporary dance to audiences of diverse social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds. In 2002 noted choreographer Donald Byrd became artistic director invigorating the SDT's three organizational components: a professional company, School, and community and outreach programs.

  • Primary Form of Entity: Nonprofit
  • Primary Artistic Discipline: Dance
  • Primary Areas of Activity: Producer, Arts Education, Arts in Community Development


Case Studies


Byrd and the Bath House: A Case Study of Spectrum Dance Theater (1982-2012), Erin Naomi Burrows


Seattle’s Bathhouse Arts Spaces: Spectrum Dance, Seattle Public Theater, and Seward Park Clay Studio, Cristin Miller