Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

What is the difference between loneliness and being alone? Choreographer Francisco Gella attempts to answer that question here, along with the need to embody on stage the human impulse to be alone while fearing loneliness. His effort, filled with virtuoso contemporary movement and an unusual stage prop, makes its first appearance in his new commission for Repertory Dance Theatre titled Aloneness.  Gella, an RDT alum dancer, took his inspiration (and the title of his new dance) from a children’s book by…

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REGALIA: Evolution of a Choreographer Competition

REGALIA: Evolution of a Choreographer Competition

Repertory Dance Theatre has always been a revolutionary dance company, ever since a group of Salt Lake City dancers beat out the big city stalwarts and were awarded a Rockefeller Foundation grant to establish the first repertory dance company in the nation. The same can be said of of its innovative approach to fundraising galas. Thirteen years ago, RDT dancer and now Artistic Associate Nicholas Cendese came up with the idea of a choreographer competition in the spirit of TV’s…

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The Quintessential Gift Guide for Dancers

The Quintessential Gift Guide for Dancers

For: the DANCER RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway {the everyday dancer} RDT’S DANCE CENTER ON BROADWAY offers classes for adults (ages 16+) evenings and weekends at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Classes are for all levels in a variety of styles, so there really is something for everyone. Students can drop-in to classes when it works for them — there’s no pressure to register for an entire session. You can purchase gift cards on our website for any amount…

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Dance Lesson Plan #4: creative walking

Dance Lesson Plan #4: creative walking

Welcome to RDT’s series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. This is the third post in the series. Feel free to take a look at the first post HERE, the second post HERE, the third post HERE. Our goal is to inspire teachers to use simple dance moves with their students to help them get to know each other as the school year starts.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a…

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“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

By Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director, RDT During TOP BILL (Nov. 16-18, 2017), Repertory Dance Theatre honors a dedicated RDT Board Trustee, a friend, and a beloved member of the dance community. Known for her dynamic energy, wry sense of humor and her dedication to the arts, Janet Muse Gray has created a legacy that has helped make Utah a renowned center for dance in the nation. Many people have a mentor whose influence and guidance they’ll never forget. For…

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From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

In this artistic statement, William “Bill” Evans talks about his upcoming concert at Repertory Dance Theatre (Nov. 16-18, 2017) TOP BILL, a retrospective of five decades of choreography. Evans, an RDT dancer alum, has regularly returned to Utah, where he is from, to create new work for RDT and to re-stage contemporary classics from his prodigious oeuvre. RDT’s second concert of its 52nd Season, TOP BILL showcases the breadth and virtuosity of Evan’s lengthy career as a dancer (both modern,…

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