Our youth programs in Ballet and Character Dance, begin at 2.5 years with sequential curriculum based on the Russian Vaganova syllabus. Those who are interested in a deeper commitment may audition for PDT’s Youth Company (Pre-Professional Program, with entry level at age 6 years to college age). We also offer classes in Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. As a Performance-Based School, students are invited to perform in Presidio Dance Theatre’s signature productions on leading SF stages.
Dance is healing, compassionate, connective and inspiring.
Presidio Dance Theatre is a non profit performing dance company with a school dedicated to rigorous ballet, folk and character dance training and performance for children and adults, grounded in deep cultural engagement and connection.
PDT's repertoire of 200 dances from 30 nations includes superlative costuming that draws from a variety of international cultures and historic dance traditions.
Each year, PDT trains new generations of globally sensitive dancers and creates and stages performances reaching thousands of people. Unusually rich performance opportunities abound at PDT because Sherene Melania, PDT's artistic director, believes in the universal power of dance to open possibilities for global dialogue and human connection – for bringing people together.
Sherene Melania was the first young American student ever to attend the Ballet Specialty & Choreography program of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia.
She sits on the San Francisco Arts Commission representing dance and arts education, and has a Masters of Arts in Education from Harvard.
PDT was founded in 1998. It is located in San Francisco's Presidio, an urban national park.
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