Welcome to Prairie Dance Theatre
The Story of Prairie Dance Theatre
What began as Oklahoma’s first professional Modern Dance Company founded by Beth Shumway in 1978 has evolved into a dance education organization currently serving Oklahoma City area students in 4 public elementary schools, 2 after school programs, and an advanced youth company.
In this, our 9th year as an educational organization, the focus of Prairie Dance Theatre has been our Smart Moves programming. Smart Moves is an in-school, comprehensive dance class offered alongside core curriculum classes to entire grade levels, at no cost to the schools or students participating. This programming, modeled after the programs of the National Dance Institute, allows PDT to serve the largest amount of students with our resources. PDT is an Allied Arts member agency that is fully funded by grants and community donations, and its operations are run by the Artistic Director and a working, volunteer Board of Trustees.
Prairie Dance Theatre believes that the dance instruction provided gives our students the gifts of self-confidence and community that all children deserve. We are dedicated to engaging children in the arts and inspire them toward excellence through our dance programs, offered free of charge. It is our desire to fill each classroom with dance professionals and live musicians to inspire the students of Oklahoma City. We believe this incredible opportunity should be assessable to all students in the area. It is our hope that you’ll join us in our efforts to spread the gift of dance to as many students as we can!
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