KEY FACTS/IMPACT

  • Co-Founded in 1997 by Judy Bretschneider,
    Robert Christian Leefeldt, and Nancy Johnson
  • Repertoire of 200 historic dances from over 30 nations,
    reviving and preserving centuries-old dance traditions,
    contemporized for today's audiences
  • Three signature productions: Dancing Across
    Cultures™, Beyond the Land of Sweets, The Little
    Lantern® Ballet
  • Exceptional trove of costumes primarily designed by
    Mariinsky Theatre Atelier in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Humanitarian partnerships with Assyrian Aid Society,
    International Red Cross, sister cities and international
    embassies, UNESCO and others; workshops and
    guest artists, international classrooms
  • Philanthropic performances /donations to troubled
    spots in the world
  • Support/performances for under served youth
  • PDT students accepted at dance schools including the
    Kirov, Bolshoi, Royal Ballet of London and American
    Ballet Theatre
  • Classes, rehearsal and production space for children/adults
    in the historic Presidio
  • Collaborations with artists and arts
    educators from across the world
  • Proven role of the arts in
    improved academic
    achievement, youth health
  • A community of dancers;
    former PDT students return for
    teaching and mentoring
  • Sherene Melania, PDT's artistic
    director, believes social
    harmony can develop from
    cultural "entertainment"