WHO WE ARE
Prairie Dance Theatre has been teaching children to dance for over 40 years! We are dedicated to engaging children in the arts and inspiring them toward excellence through dance.
Prairie Dance Theatre believes that dance instruction gives our students the gifts of self confidence and community that all children deserve. It is our dream to fill each classroom with dance professionals and live musicians to inspire the students of Oklahoma City. We believe this incredible opportunity should be accessible to all students in the city. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to spread the gift of dance to as many students as possible!
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.
Director, Prairie Dance Theatre
Tonya Kilburn is the director of Prairie Dance Theatre where she has inspired thousands of children toward excellence through various programs she has developed and implemented since 2003. She is responsible for the direction of PDT's In-School Program, Smart Moves, and After-School Program, PDT Youth Company, where she also serves as master teaching artist and choreographer. Her history with PDT, Oklahoma’s first modern dance company and 2016 Governor’s Arts Award Recipient, also includes company dancer, company manager and board member. Tonya provides arts education throughout Oklahoma and other states to children and educators as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma Arts Council and a Fellow/Dance Specialist with Oklahoma A+ Schools. She is also a graduate of Leadership Arts Class 4. Tonya serves on the dance advisory panel for Oklahoma Arts Institute, as dance council chair for the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and on various dance/arts education committees, panels and task forces. Tonya is an accomplished dance educator and artist with a passion for social justice. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma.