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Marin Dance Theatre: A truly special
ballet school in beautiful Marin County
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A future ballerina to be....
stablished in 1996
under the direction
Swarthout, along with
her very talented and
committed faculty, Marin
Dance Theatre started with
a dream of offering the
highest level of classical
ballet training in Marin
County. The curriculum
has expanded and now
dance, pilates, musical theatre,
boys' classes and nutrition
education, all taught
with the philosophies the
faculty mutually value.
Twenty years later, hundreds
of parents have
driven, and continue to
drive, along the beautiful
road through the eucalyptus
trees that lead to
the St. Vincent's campus.
The picturesque scenery
has become a sanctuary for
both dancers and parents.
Currently under the
direction of Lynn Cox and
Margaret Swarthout, the
school is the strongest
training facility for classical
ballet dancers in the Bay
Area. Marin Dance Theatre
sponsors an extremely
dance program, offers outreach
dance programs to
preschools and elementary
schools in Marin County,
and houses Marin County's
most thriving adult/teen
program, directed by Nancy
Focusing on the moment
As a nonprofit, MDT was
started with tuitions and
donations from friends and
families who believed, with
passion, in the program! To
ensure that the program
continues for many years
and beyond, we began in
2016 our journey to solicit
endowments and strong
support from the community.
Your support and
generosity is greatly appreciated.
To support MDT,
please visit www.youcaring.
Marin Dance Theatre's
faculty and administration
look forward to continuing
to serve the community
with its high standard of
training and to expand
what it has to offer to students
interested in the
ever-evolving art of ballet.
Marin Dance Theatre
will hold its annual Summerfest
August 4 at the Showcase
Theater-Marin Center in
For more information
about our school, please
visit our website at
MDT receives national awards
Marin Dance Theatre's instructors and YAGP coaches Lynn Cox, Dawn Perrin and Margaret Swarthout.
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Hannah and Rayan Dridi, invited to perform in NYC and received several top
awards including 3rd place for their pasde deux.
ifteen of Marin Dance Theatre's
senior dancers recently
participated in and gained
numerous awards at the Youth
American Grand Prix regional semi-finals
competition held in San Francisco.
The world's largest and most esteemed
international dance competition, the
annual YAGP event enables thousands
of aspiring dancers throughout the
world to gain valuable experience,
exposure and educational scholarships.
Over 8,000 dancers compete in
18 U.S. cities and in six international
locations each year.
At San Francisco's semi-finals
awards ceremony, Marin Dance
Theatre students were presented
on stage with first, second and third
place awards across both classical
and contemporary dance divisions. In
addition we had several dancers place
in the top 12.
Three of our dancers were invited
to compete at the Grand Prix Finals
in New York this month. For Sierra
Glasheen, this will be her second year
to receive this exciting invitation. A
longtime student at Marin Dance
Theatre, judges at the Grand Prix
finals last year awarded Sierra a short
term scholarship to study at Canada's
National Ballet School in Toronto.
YAGP participants and MDT students: Darby Perrin, Shannon Duggan, Malina Wahl,
Mariella Todebush, Marlin Siegel, Mia Glasser, Lauren Marler, Grace Guthrie,
Emily Porter, Polina Myers, Casey Cox, Rayan Dridi, Sierra Glasheen, Hannah Dridi,
About this year's Grand Prix Finals,
Sierra said, "I am very nervous but
I also feel good about the training
and support I have received at Marin
Dance Theatre. I'm happy to represent
our school in NYC!" During the finals,
Sierra will spend a week in New York
training with other international
dancers and leading teachers, preparing
for her solo performances and
gaining invaluable experience and
We are delighted that so many
dancers were recognized for their
skills and accomplishments at this
prestigious dance competition and
as MDT Artistic Director Margaret
Swarthout shares, character development
and personal growth are the true
heart of each student's training: "The
support and camaraderie they showed
each other made us so proud of who
they are as well as how beautifully
they danced. It was a special time and
journey that we shared."
Marin Dance Theatre was deeply
honored to have been brought onstage
at the semi-finals awards presentation
in San Francisco as the school
selected to receive the prestigious
Youth American Grand Prix Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award was
especially meaningful since the judges
recognized the caliber of training evident
in all of our dancers. Three school
coaches - Lynn Cox, Dawn Perrin and
Margaret Swarthout - accepted the
award and all of our dedicated staff
is touched that our dancers' performances
represented MDTs' values and
teaching so beautifully.
MDT student Sierra Glasheen invited to perform in Grand Prix Finals, New York.
We hope you will join us at Springfest
on May 12 and share the special magic
of joy, inspiration and aspiration that
our wonderful dancers offer!
Marin Dance Theatre gives back
through outreach performances of 'Sophie'
Marin Dance Theatre dancers at Stanford Hospital outreach performance. Marinscope article - Photo courtesy of MDT
By Lynn Cox
Marin Dance Theatre School Director,
Choreographer of "Sophie"
There is a magical moment when
a group of dancers join together
sharing their talents, energy and joy,
especially when the moment is an
opportunity to give to others. At Marin Dance
Theatre, we have the privilege of giving two
very special outreach performances of "Sophie
and the Enchanted Toyshop," one at The
Tamalpais Marin, a senior center, and the other
for patients, families and staff at Stanford
Maggie the Marionette, Alexandra Soldier Doll and a Rag Tag from Act 1.
To bring music, movement and beautiful
color to these people is truly an honor. As
the choreographer, I want the audience to be
touched by the story of "Sophie" and to feel the
pleasure and beauty of dance as the students
share their craft. "Sophie" 's message is one of
compassion and sharing, and these outreach
performances give the dancers at MDT the
unique privilege of experiencing joy by giving.
The smiles in the audience, the tapping of
their feet to the music and the gracious words
of appreciation after the final bow all contribute
to a rich and wonderful opportunity
for us to give generously to others. I continue
to be so proud of the dancers at MDT and the
poise and professionalism with which they
conduct themselves. I know that they have
touched many hearts by the way they sparkle
up on stage. Sharing our world full of music
and movement with these two audiences is
Lynn Cox, Choreographer/School Director and Sophie, Hannah Dridi.
Last evening at The Tamalpais Marin, one
of our sweet audience members, who is 102
years old, mentioned how she loved watching
the kids dancing for her and her community.
At Stanford, we perform in the atrium where
some patients come down and sit right in
front of the stage, and others come out of their
rooms and peer over the railing to watch
The music brings joy, the dancers share their
gifts and we all return home humbled and
grateful for our own blessings. We know that
so many of these people would not be able to
come to the theater for a performance, so we
bring ours to them. In turn, it is a true gift we
get right back.
Kids get an intro to the world
of dance at Marin Dance Theatre
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arin Dance Theatre is well
known throughout the
Bay Area as a school that
trains classical ballet and
contemporary dancers, placing many of
them in professional companies as well as
in numerous university dance programs.
What is not as well known about Marin
Dance Theatre is its thriving and very
successful "Young Dancer Program."
In addition to its Senior Level Program,
MDT offers classes six days a week to
dancers ages 3-11. These classes include
Introduction to Ballet for 3- to 4-yearolds,
Ballet Technique, Musical Theatre,
Contemporary, Stretch & Strength and
Pilates for dancers ages 5-11. Many of
these dancers are inspired by MDT's
Senior Level dancers and continue their
training through high school and beyond.
Marin Dance Theatre's Young Dancer
Program gives its students a very full
introduction to the world of dance, making
it unique amongst the many dance
programs in Marin County. Along with a caring and nurturing faculty, MDT's
classes have demonstrators from the upper
levels fostering role models and lovely
relationships. The curriculum builds session
to session, allowing for development of
coordination, strength, flexibility and love of
Join us this fall for classes. Registrations
are now being accepted and classes
begin August 28 for dancers ages 3-19.
We also offer ongoing Adult/Teen classes
throughout the year. Details can be found at
www.mdt.org or call 415-499-8891.