Community Partnerships

Word Dance Theater appreciates our community partners. These partnerships provide rich opportunity for both partners to deepen in range and depth of service to the Washington DC Metro Area.

National Cathedral School

The National Cathedral School and Word Dance Theater are dedicated to providing students high-quality dance training, exposing students to different dance genres, and encouraging students creativity and expression. Since 2006 Word Dance Theater has partnered with the National Cathedral School's "Heritage Dance Series." Every year students take Duncan technique classes and learn original Duncan repertory that is performed in the National Cathedral, the NCS Dance Gala, and the Flower Mart Festival. Advanced students are given the opportunity to intern with WDT to deepen their understanding of the Duncan Technique and explore their own artistry outside of the school setting.

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Photo by Cynthia Word

Photo by Cynthia Word

Hope Connection for Cancer Support 

Every 4th Thursday Cynthia Word teaches RESTORE: Movement for Health. RESTORE classes are a unique combination of seated breath work with gentle stretching movements, leading to standing balance work and ending with joyous and simple movement through the studio, all accompanied by beautiful music.


Washington School for Girls

Since 2014, Word Dance Theater has provided the Washington School for Girls with one-week dance residencies for 3rd through 5th grade students. The residencies occur in the Fall and Spring of each year. Word Dance Theater arranges for each residency to have a partner in another art form, i.e. visual art, or poetry, or music.  Each residency also has an aspirational theme such as “hope,” “women of power,” or “I am enough.” In their classes the students reflect on and discuss how the theme is expressed in the partner art of, for example, a painting or a poem.  They then create their own dances to express their relationship to the theme through movement. At the end of the week there is an informal showing in which the students demonstrate their dances to parents, other students, and faculty.  The students share their experiences, both verbally and through their dances and writings. 

You should believe in yourself.  If you do you can become something beautiful.
— Washington School for Girls Residency Student
Photo by Cynthia Word

Photo by Cynthia Word

Photo by Theo Kossenas

Photo by Theo Kossenas

Additional Partnerships

  • The Arts Club of Washington is a beautiful and supportive space in which to view the innovative dance programming that Word Dance Theater provides. The dance programs are designed specifically for Arts Club members based on their expressed interests.

  • Boston Children's Foundation and Word Dance Theater collaborate in training future Duncan teachers.

  • Inner City-Inner Child collaborates with Word Dance Theater to provide joyous and holistic Duncan classes to children ages 1 to 5 years old.

  • Isadora Duncan International Institute and Word Dance Theater partner to create rich performances of Isadora Duncan’s dances both nationally and internationally.

  • Center for Hellenic Studies provides beautiful spaces and support for Word Dance Theater’s Duncan classes, workshops, and community gatherings. Word Dance Theater provides classes for the Hellenic Center faculty and scholars and programming for Hellenic Center convenings and celebrations.

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts provides venues and technical support for Word Dance Theater to present meaningful performances and workshops that explore the historical role of Isadora Duncan in Dance as well as her influence on contemporary choreography.

  • The Phillips Collection and Word Dance Theater collaborate to provide thought-provoking dance performances and workshops designed around the Phillips Collection art exhibitions.

  • The Women’s National Democratic Club partners with Word Dance Theater to provide dance programming for their club events. Word Dance Theater uses the club mansion for dance/theater performances celebrating women’s accomplishments.

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