Young Ambassadors Program
Young Ambassadors Program

Young Ambassadors Program

The PDT Young Ambassadors with California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

The Young Ambassadors program provides select Youth Company members an opportunity to tour both nationally and internationally at prestigious festivals and benefit performances.  These experiences enable PDT dancers to engage in cross-cultural dialogue, developing cultural diplomacy skills, while gaining awareness and appreciation of our shared humanity. 

The Young Ambassadors' "Children Helping Children Program" is focused on middle and high school students with a mission to conduct humanitarian work through the arts. Our student ambassadors design benefit performances in partnership with national and international service organizations including the United Nations, the International Red Cross, UCSF’s Brain Cancer Research Centers, the Assyrian Arts Institute and the Assyrian Aid Society. 

International Tours:  

2019: CORK, IRELAND

2017: GREECE

PDT was selected from 46 countries to open UNESCO’s International Dance Council’s 50th World Congress in Athens, Greece. 

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: FRANCE

PDT performed at the le Perrone de Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, during their International Norouz Festival in Paris.

2013: BELGIUM

PDT performed for UNESCO’s International Day at Norouz at the European Parliament in Brussels.

2012: HUNGARY

“Presidio Dance Theatre’s group represents the largest delegation from San Francisco to visit Hungary during my time as Ambassador,” said U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis when meeting with the group. PDT performed for the diplomatic corps, political, economic, commercial and cultural contacts alongside the Hungarian youth folkdance troupe, Csillagszemű.The program was an excellent example of strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Hungary via cultural diplomacy and people-to-people connections. PDT performed on the main stage of the Sziget Festival in front of large audiences of Hungarian children and families. U.S. Embassy Budapest hosted a tent for PDT dancers to meet festival participants. PDT received it’s first Cultural Diplomacy Award!

2010: TURKEY

PDT Youth Company members were selected to become the sole representatives of the United States of America at Turkish National Radio and Television’s (TRT) 32nd International Children’s Festival. The group greatly enjoyed Istanbul and Izmir. Artistic Director Sherene Melania and student, Julia Zweifach, travelled to Ankara to meet the President of Turkey, the Prime Minister, and were presented at the National Assembly on behalf of the United States.

2008: RUSSIA

Members of the Company performed abroad at the invitation of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Culture. Performances at the famed White Nights Festival and for the 300th Anniversary of Tsarskoye Selo included the venues of the Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk Palace, and Peterhof Palace. More than 22,000 enjoyed our live stage performances.