Word Dance Theater is dedicated to being a world-class organization that invites people from all walks of life into our unique Isadora Duncan-inspired philosophy, methodology, and aesthetic of dance. Our approach blends music, theater, poetry, and visual art with holistic dance movements that unite us with the full range of our emotions and restores us to our roots: the breath, energy, strength, beauty, spirit, community, and freedom that is the birthright of all people.  

Word Dance Theater is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.


Founded in 2000 by award winning Artistic Director Cynthia Word, Word Dance Theater has created and performed innovative productions in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.

Word Dance Theater pays homage to Isadora Duncan’s technique, philosophy and revolutionary spirit, pushing the performing arts to new limits. Word Dance Theater brings together some of the best artistic minds in dance, theater, music, and production to create cross-disciplinary works that test the creative boundaries for artists, tells stories of the human spirit, and creates new experiences for audiences.

The company is dedicated to offering a variety of educational opportunities for children and adults in every age and stage of life. We teach knowledge and respect for the body and  guide each person to an authentic experience of the joy of dancing. Like Isadora Duncan before us, our school motto is  “the highest intelligence in the freest body.”

Learn more about our commitment to Performances, Education, Community, and the Duncan Legacy.

Financial Support

Word Dance Theater is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, by the Meltzer Family Foundation, the Steele Family Foundation LLC, the Bender Foundation, and individual donors.