Steamboat Dance Theatre (SDT) was founded in 1972 by a small group of local dancers who wanted to host a community dance performance. In the early years, SDT had 12 members and was couched under the umbrella of the Steamboat Arts Council. Over the past 47 years, the organization has grown significantly in both programs and membership and has become its own fully operational 501(c)3 organization. In addition to hosting a local community dance performance, SDT now offers a wide array of dance programs that aim to enrich, enhance and educate the community. SDT now has an average membership base of 130-150 people, a healthy financial profile, an active and involved Board, a part-time Executive Director, and a strong reputation in the community.