The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis-based repertory dance company which seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances. By engaging both emerging and established choreographers, collaborating across the community through senior outreach, and training future performers through our school and trainee program, we constantly strive to invigorate life through dance.
St. Louis Dance Theatre, Inc. was founded in May of 2010 by Artistic Director Paula David and founding Board President James David. Beginning with 9 volunteer dancers and staff members, the company followed Paula David's vision of creating St. Louis' first professional contemporary jazz dance company. Paula was named one of the "movers and shakers" of St. Louis on ALIVE's 2011 BUZZ list, and the company premiered in June 2011 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center to a sold out house and standing ovation. Since that time, the company has done over 90 performances and has commissioned over 25 works for its repertoire. Now under the artistic direction of Brian Enos, The Big Muddy employs 11 full-time dancers and presents 3 full theater productions each season to enthusiastic audiences. The Big Muddy Dance Company was named "Best Local Dance Company" as Readers' Choice in 2013 and Critic's Choice in 2014 by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Big Muddy Dance Company currently resides at the Marcelle Theater in Grand Center. The organization has developed into three major entities: The Big Muddy Dance Company, producing both major productions and community performances for fellow nonprofits; our open classes, which offers classes to adults as well as a training program for pre-professional dancers; and Senior Embrace, the company's senior citizen outreach program.