Canberra Dance Theatre established the CDTeens program in August 2008, initially supported by a grant from ArtsACT and taught by Gretel Burgess and Adelina Larsson.
The CDTeens are young people (12+) with special needs who meet on Saturday mornings to participate in a class that combines dance technique with creativity. With a focus on having fun, participants explore movement to work on their fitness, coordination, memory and problem solving skills. Parents and carers are welcome to join the class.
Over the past ten years the CDTeens have created and learned a wide variety of dances in a range of dance styles and have worked with several visiting choreographers. CDTeens regularly perform at many public events around Canberra, including Dance Week, Floriade, the Multicultural Arts Festival, CapExpo and events celebrating I-Day.
The 2018 work Titanium was developed under the guidance of Gretel Burgess and Amy Macris. The work is about finding our inner strengths and passions and discovering our own inner super heroes, helping us to feel strong and empowered in our daily lives.