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Itinerant Dance Theater, formed in 1993, has performed throughout Delaware and Maryland, as well as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA and New York City.  Company members are adults, with many years of performing experience in dance and theater.  IDT is a group of eclectic individuals, and the repertoire reflects this. Although the company focus is on family-friendly comedy, IDT also performs  jazz, modern, ethnic and period dance.  This enables us to present programs with a little something for everyone.

The company motto is “Have costumes, will travel!”  Performances have been presented in church halls, parks, libraries and fully equipped theaters. Fees are negotiable, depending on programming requests.  Shows are customized to the seasons or nearest holiday or requested theme.  The company includes audience participation in their community shows.  Master classes and workshops are also available.

IDT takes a great deal of pride in the fact that the company’s half-hour signature piece – SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO BE SILLY -  has NEVER been performed the same way twice!

IDT is firmly committed to providing live, high quality dance performances;  to be a touring company that is responsive to all of the Delmarva region; and to provide opportunities for local artists to create and perform throughout the region and beyond.

CATHERINE SAMARDZA, IDT’s director, is a Delaware-trained dancer who spent 15 years in New York City as a performer, choreographer and teacher before returning to Delaware in 1991.  She is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been performed at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and the Queens Museum of Art in NYC, and on the White House Lawn in Washington, DC.  Her students have gone on to professional careers as performers and teachers throughout the United States.  Since her return to Delaware, Ms. Samardza has also worked with other dance companies in the region:  as co-director and choreographer for the Dance Factory’s DanceWorks; as ballet and rehearsal mistress for the Delaware Dance Company and Eastern Shore Ballet Theater; stage manager for ecarte and Wilmington Ballet; resident choreographer for Zwaanendael Dance Company, and co-producer of Juxtaposition with Regina Cooper-Conley.  From 1998-2002 she was a teaching artist for the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education, and was instrumental in developing the Teaching Guide for the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.  Ms. Samardza's article on continuing to dance as an older performer was published by Dance Teacher magazine in 2010.  She has served as a judge for  scholarship competitions and for both the professional and novice divisions for the 2014 and 2015 Jewels of the Orient Middle-Eastern dance competition.

Press reviews, photos, references, complete resumes and fees upon request.

PLEASE NOTE:  We don’t wear pink tights or tutus, and we DON’T do “The Nutcracker.”

Itinerant Dance Theater
Dance, Storytelling, Theater
1117 Judith Road
Hartly, DE 19953
Phone:  302-492-0822
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Arts Services: Master Classes, Performances, Teaching Artist, Workshops
Audience Served: Preschool, Kindergarten to 5th Grade, 6th to 8th Grade, 9th to 12th Grade, Special Needs, Older Adult
Availability: Delaware (all 3 counties), Regional (throughout Mid-Atlantic region), Seasonal, Year-round
Fees: $150-$500 depending on type and length of show
Performance/Exhibit Venues: Community sites (e.g., libraries, senior centers, religious facilities), Festivals, Outdoor stages, Schools, Theater/auditorium
Performance/Exhibit Requirements: Space to dance - varies depending on type of show required (i.e., story time, audience participation)

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