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Our Mission


Colorado Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of children and provide professional quality dance experience for people of all ages in Northern Colorado. We accomplish this by providing performance opportunities and educational outreach to our community.

Colorado Dance Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet

CDT History


In 1993, a small group of dancers from the University of Northern Colorado and an ambitious dance professor created UNC Dance Theatre.  They put together a number of formal and informal performances.  Their first major production was 26 years ago, when they performed, “Carmina Burana” with The Greeley Children’s Chorale.

Colorado Dance Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet

In June 1995, this same group of dancers created Colorado Dance Theatre, which brought to our community performances such as “Carmina Burana”, “Peter and the Wolf”, Les Syllphide”, “Paquita”, “Pas de Quatre”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Miranda’s Nightmare”, and, of course, “The Nutcracker”.

In December 1994, UNC Dance Theatre introduced the very first Nutcracker performance to the Greeley community; again, in collaboration with the Greeley Children’s Chorale.  There were 25 dancers, ages 5 to 34, in this first production of “The Nutcracker”.  Colorado Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” has continued to grow over the years. This past year’s cast had 125+ dancers, ages 6 to 50+.  Cast members represent many of the local dance studios and educational institutions in Greeley and the surrounding area.

Over the years, Greeley has nurtured a strong dance community of both performers and spectators.   Colorado Dance Theatre is proud to be a large part of this. It is with a great sense of joy – on stage and behind the scenes – that we are able to bring you each beautiful production of “The Nutcracker”.

Colorado Dance Theatre, The Nutcracker Ballet

Board of Directors

The dedication of this volunteer board is simply amazing.  The board devotes many hours of hard work to produce this spectacular production of the Nutcracker Ballet.

Carrie Cooley


Debie Larsen

Artistic Director

Trish Trujillo


Elizabeth Higgins


Mary Porter

Member at Large

Erin Merkley

Member at Large

Joshi Solomon-Freville

Member at large

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