MDT's Capital Campaign

For: Marin Dance Theatre - MDT
San Rafael, CA
Organizer: Marin Dance Theatre - MDT
MDT's Capital Campaign (Marin Dance Theatre - MDT)
$140,814
of $200,000 goal.
Raised by 58 donors
70% Complete

The Story

January 2017


Dear Dance Fan,


It is Marin Dance Theatre’s 21st year!

In 1996, Artistic Director, Margaret Swarthout, along with her very talented and committed faculty started with a dream of offering the highest level of classical ballet  training in Marin County. The curriculum has expanded and now includes contemporary dance, pilates, musical theatre, boys’ classes, and nutrition education, all taught with the philosophies the faculty mutually value. 

Twenty one years later, hundreds upon hundreds of parents have driven, and continue to drive, along the beautiful road through the eucalyptus trees that lead to the St Vincent 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 successful Parkinson’s Dance program, offers Outreach dance programs to Pre-Schools and Elementary schools in Marin County and houses Marin County’s most thriving Adult/Teen program which directed by Nancy Gallenson.

As a non-profit, MDT was started with tuitions and donations from friends and families who believed, with passion, in the program!  To ensure that the program continues and builds, we are continuing our journey to solicit endowments and strong support from the community.

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.

Please use this website to show your support, big or small, and help us reach our 2017 goal of raising $100,000.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 25, 2016

Posted on October 25, 2016

Thank you to our wonderful MDT families, dancers & adult/teen community.  Our 8th annual "Raise the Barre" Dance-a-Thon was a HUGE success!  We truly "Raised the Barre"!  Thank you for your continued support!

Posted on September 22, 2016

Posted on September 22, 2016

A life so beautifully lived... deserves to be beautifully remembered.
Please join us as we Celebrate the Life of Walter Swarthout
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 3pm to 5pm
Marin Dance Theatre Ballet School Courtyard
One Saint Vincent Drive San Rafael, California
We will have a "Special Memories of Walter" board at our celebration.  If you would like to write a short paragraph about Walter or share a special memory, quote, or photo, please bring them with you to the celebration to post on the board. 

Posted on August 9, 2016

Posted on August 9, 2016

To our MDT supporters, family 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. 

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 way is best.  Margaret's daughters will continue to let us know what that looks like. 

At this point, the family is 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. 

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