About The Roswell
The Roswell Dance Theatre, a non profit
501(c)3 corporation, was founded
in 1985 by Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor. It was created as
resident performing company of The Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance.
annual auditions, dancers are selected who exhibit high levels of
in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and modern dance. Once selected,
attend a rigorous schedule of weekly classes.
In 1992, RDT completed it's first
international tour including Australia,
New Zealand and Hawaii. In 1994 they toured England and performed
London and the countryside at the various arts festivals.
In 1997 the Pre Professional Division was
added, which was designed for only
the most gifted dancers, and has a syllabus including guest teachers,
choreographers and lecture demonstrations. The young men and women of
Roswell Dance Theatre have performed for audiences throughout the
They represented the state of Georgia in 1988 at the Young American
Dance festival in Los Angeles, California.
The Roswell Dance Theatre performed on world
television as part of the
opening and closing ceremonies for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
that summer they performed for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
In 1997, the Roswell Dance Theatre completed a two week tour of Spain
in Barcelona and four other Spanish cities. In September 2000, The
Dance Theatre went to Sidney Australia for the Summer Olympics.
In 2008 RDT performed at the Orange Bowl
with Z.Z. Top and at the 2004 Tanzsummer
Summer Festival in Europe. Public performances in North America include
annual production of "The Nutcracker" at the Roswell Cultural Arts
as well as the Young Choreographers Concert and Spring Concert.
Aside from the regular season, The Roswell
Dance Theatre performs regularly
for various charitable organizations, schools, senior citizens and
children as part of its extensive outreach program.
Members of the Roswell Dance Theatre have
been accepted into and received
scholarships from some of the finest dance programs and performing arts
schools in the nation. Among these are American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey
North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet,
Jose Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy, Ballet Hispanico, Point Park
Lines Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Marymount Manhattan College and
others. There are approximately 100 dancers in the Roswell Dance
Founder & Director
Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz
Founder & Director
Mary Lynn Taylor