About Us

The Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) nurtures and celebrates creativity by promoting education through the arts not only for its members but also throughout the community. CDT is committed to providing a continuous climate for growth and improvement which allows each child to reach their full potential in dance arts performance, responsible role-modeling and teamwork, utilizing the highest standards of structure and self-discipline.

Artistic Director, Deborah Skinner

Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Irvine  and her Master’s Degree from Mills College, Oakland. She is owner of the Academy of Performing Arts in Tracy, founder and Artistic Director of the Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy, and is also the founder and co-director of Heartwork’s Early Education Preschool, and inclusion preschool that partners with Tracy Unified’s Side-by-Side Inclusion Preschool and San Joaquin County Office of Education. Deborah is a member and past president of Dance Master’s of America and is the author of DMA’s preschool and children’s dance education syllabus and teaching manual. She has been recognized by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce as entrepreneur of the year along with being recognized by the US Congress and House of Representatives as a woman who made a difference. Deborah has taught for nearly 45 years and is an advocate for all fine, performing, and visual arts and the power of said art to change, motivate, and better lives. She feels most blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband and family and has been so fortunate to have had her life’s work be a vocation as well an avocation.

2019-20 Board of Directors

Chairperson: Liz Chaffin

Secretary: Tracey Bush

Treasurer: Amanda Munoz

Board Members:

Jessica Walters

Shadee Morgan

Jennifer Pereira

Liz Villarreal

Kellie Whitecotton

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