For dancers hoping to enter the profession, MDT provides a full counseling program and maintains strong relationships with dance companies and universities around the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Students are professionally photographed and video taped in preparation for auditions. Further arrangements are made for private or company class auditions with such notable companies as American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and Merce Cunningham among others. Students wishing to enter University Performing Arts Degree programs are guided to universities with the strongest dance departments and assisted with their applications.

Margaret Swarthout has an exceptional record of placing dancers into the profession. Over seventy graduates from her training program can be found in the ranks of ballet and contemporary companies throughout the U.S. Since Marin Dance Theatre's beginning in 1996, the school has placed 16 of her students directly into major American companies. The following are some of her former students:

    2010
Marianne Bassing

N.F.A.A.* Second Level Award
Trainee with Joffrey Ballet, Chicago
Dresden SemperOper Ballet, Dresden, Germany
Corps member of the Estonian National Ballet          beginning August 1,2012
2008
Kristin Lindsay

Ballet Florida
Company C Contemporary   Ballet - San Francisco
 
2009
Cecily Stewart

Richmond Ballet
New York Theatre Ballet
State Street Ballet


 
2007
Ben Durado

Cincinnati Ballet Company

 

2007
Killian Stephens

Ballet Arizona
NFAA Silver Medal Winner

 

2005
Jessica Johnston

Ballet West Company
2005 Beach Blanket Babylon/Steve Silver $10,000 scholarship winner

 

2003
Malachi Squires

Ft. Worth Dallas Ballet Company

 

2003
Mia Leimkuhler

Oregon Ballet Theatre
N.F.A.A. Winner

 

2002
Jennifer Fitzgerald

San Jose Ballet Silicon Valley Company
N.F.A.A.* Second Level Award

 

2001
Alexsandra Meijer

San Jose Ballet Silicon Valley Company
N.F.A.A.* Second Level Award

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2000
Alyssa Darrow

California Ballet Company
N.F.A.A.*Awarded a four year scholarship to Long Beach University

 

2000
Stacey Klyce

San Francisco Ballet Company
N.F.A.A.* Highly Commended

 

1999
Andrea Mitrovich

American Ballet Theatre Company

 

1999
Alina Faye

American Ballet Theatre Company
N.F.A.A.* First Level Award

 

1998
Corinne Blum

San Francisco Ballet Company
N.F.A.A.* First Level Award

 

1997
Ilona McHugh

American Ballet Theatre Company
N.F.A.A.* First Level Award

1996
Kimberly Ratcliffe

Louisville Ballet Company
Nashville Ballet

 

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