The Forty40 Campaign: Celebrate Our Past and Ensure Our Future



…without innovative and daring contemporary dance performances from around the country.
…without a champion that creates opportunities for regional artists in dance and other innovative art forms.
…without a 40-year advocate for infusing contemporary dance into the Cincinnati community.


Don’t let a Cincinnati treasure slip away: celebrate Contemporary Dance Theater’s past and ensure its future by donating to the FORTY40 Campaign.

Help us raise $40,000 this season!

Contemporary Dance Theater is a vital force in Cincinnati’s rich arts community. Our city and region have benefited from 40 years of contemporary dance through CDT’s efforts. First as a resident company of dancers, and now as a presenter of nationally-touring artists, as well as a supporter of local artists, CDT needs YOUR help today to continue its important job into tomorrow.

Become a crucial partner in ensuring CDT’s future through a tax-deductible donation

  • Give here today, safely and securely using your credit or debit card!
  • Give via mail to 1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224 (download a form here)

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Contemporary Dance Theater’s Impact on Cincinnati

I’ve long admired the caliber of companies that Contemporary Dance Theatre brings to our community. Contemporary movement, while not always mainstream, is the heart, guts and soul of dance and a pivotal outlet for human expression. It connects us and allows us to see life in different ways — sparking conversation, contemplation and revelation. Any avenue through which we can talk about or engage with dance benefits the individual, the art form and the community as a whole. Cincinnati Ballet is grateful to CDT for being a catalyst that inspires greater interest and engagement in dance throughout the Cincinnati region.

— Victoria Morgan – Artistic Director & CEO | Cincinnati Ballet


Contemporary Dance Theater was part of my education as a dance writer. Thanks to Jeff James and CDT, both as a presenter and as a dance company, I had a chance to see much of the world of modern dance unfold right in front of me rather than having to travel the world in pursuit of it. Challenging, inspiring and occasionally perplexing, the dance that CDT introduced me to was – and remains – invaluable.

— David Lyman – Dance Writer | Cincinnati Enquirer


As we strive to make Cincinnati a City where more people want to live, work & raise a family, we must recognize the absolute importance of the arts. CDT is incredibly critical to our City’s success because it is helping make Cincinnati vibrant, exciting, thought-provoking and cutting-edge. I congratulate CDT on their 40 years of success and look forward to doing so in another 40 years!

— Chris Seelbach – Cincinnati City Councilman


Contemporary Dance Theater is one of the most amazing arts organizations I’ve witnessed over the years. They have produced the highest quality performers and performances with the humblest of budgets. The CDT vision has been exceeded only by their sheer will and commitment to the world of dance and to this community.

— Jim Tarbell – Former Vice Mayor | Cincinnati