The original objectives of the NDTC were
1. To provide a vehicle for well-trained dancers and other dance-theatre artists, such as choreographers, composers and musicians who want to participate in the creation of works of excellence rooted on Jamaican and cultural realities;
2. To help create an informed Jamaican audience critically responsive to works of excellence in the theatre arts;
3. To experiment with various dance forms and techniques;
4. To develop a style and form that faithfully reflect Caribbean movement patterns;
5. To encourage serious research into the indigenous dance and music forms of Jamaica as well as the wider Caribbean.
Each objective has evidence of success. In a wider sense more has been achieved, for example the Inter-American Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. funded this cultural agent’s project in the establishment of Jamaica School of Dance and facilitated the development of the curriculum for the diploma programme as well as the core course of Caribbean studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. In recognition of the special achievements of the NDTC, the Ford Foundation, based in New York, has funded the documentation of the Company’s work in the book Dance Jamaica. A second version was published in 2010.