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MDT is deeply saddened to share with you the passing
of our dear MDT family member Walter Swarthout


To MDT families, alumni, and friends,

Sadly this message is to inform you of the passing of Walter Swarthout. Our hearts are collectively broken as we remember Walter and all he did for Marin Dance Theatre, his beloved Margaret, and their own lovely family. Walter was such a sweet and soulful man and gave so much of his time and efforts to MDT. Clearly, we are richer for having known and worked with Walter.

Monday, August 1st 2016, Walter went in for his second knee replacement surgery and due to complications, died that Thursday evening. His daughter let us know the doctors did everything they could, but were unable to save him.

Margaret has been aware of the outpouring of prayers, calls and texts from many of you during these past few days, and feels showered with love. She knows the MDT community stands ready to support and care for her in whatever ways are best. Margaret's daughters will continue to let us know what that looks like.

At this point, they are asking that Margaret be allowed to grieve in her own quiet way, and that messages of love and condolences be sent via e-mail. Her family will help her read and respond to them as she feels able.

The family is planning a "celebration of life" event honoring Walter in the near future. They would like to have MDT's help putting this together and we are honored to assist them. We will send you details as we have them. Please join us in creating an event that will celebrate the many beautiful contributions Walter Swarthout brought to all the lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that people send a gift to MDT, as next to Margaret and his family, MDT and its success was most dear to Walter. Donations can be made through MDT's donation page:

As a community we will find the best way to support Margaret and each other as we grieve this huge loss.

Please take a moment to visit the Walter Swarthout Memorial Page.


MDT's Parkinson's Dance Project profiled
by the Marin Independent Journal

Photo credit: Alan Dep, Marin Independent Journal

KATE BYRNES HAS been living with Parkinson's since 1997. But for 90 minutes on a Tuesday, she wasn't defined by her medical condition, thanks to Marin Dance Theatre's Parkinson's Dance Project. The Parkinson's Dance Project at the Marin Dance Theatre in San Rafael gets those with the degenerative disease moving while providing a community for the afflicted and their caregivers.

The Marin Independent Journal has a wonderful article about this fantastic program, which is held on alternating Tuesdays here at MDT.

For more information, contact Torri Campbell at or call (415) 819-2066.


MDT's 2015 Graduates

MDT is honored with the generous gift of a beautiful
Grand Piano from Drs. Richard and Tricia Gibbs!



Richard Gibbs rehearses Artie Shaw


Barbara Meislin, Marin's famous Purple Lady of Tiburon is
dedicating a special purple dance studio for young dancers

Barbara Meislin, well known in Marin as The Purple Lady of Tiburon and a caring community activist will be doing the ribbon cutting ceremony at Marin Dance Theatre's newly renovated dance studio for their youngest 3 to 6 year old dancers. The lovely lavender studio is being dedicated in celebration of Barbara Meislin's daughter, Little Lady Lori Meislin, an aspiring dancer who passed away many years ago at age seven.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at Marin Dance Theatre, Saturday, June 8th at 5:15 pm.
The school is located on the gorgeous St. Vincent Campus, One St. Vincent Drive in North San Rafael.
For general information call (415) 499-8891.


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