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RDT Gift Guide for the Dancer (or dance lover) in your life

RDT Gift Guide for the Dancer (or dance lover) in your life

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Dance Classes

Every dancer knows that the only way to get better is to take class! Even our professional dancers take class EVERY DAY to get better, hone their skills and progress.

But you don’t have to be a professional dancer to take class. At RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway, we offer classes for every skill level (even if you’ve never set foot in a dance studio before).

All classes are in the evenings and on weekends, so they fit into your schedule and there’s no long-term commitment! You can drop in to classes as you please.
And …  there’s everything from Modern to Hip Hop to the newly formed Bollywood class!
Check out the full schedule here.

A 10-Class punch-card is good for any class on the schedule and the best bang for your buck.

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If you’d like to purchase a gift card for your loved one in a denomination other than $100, contact us. 🙂

And … if you can’t decide, check out the OPEN HOUSE on January 7. You can dance all day for just $10! Learn more>>

Concert Dance Tickets

Not everyone wants to try dance — they’d rather just watch. And who’s to blame them? Beautiful bodies moving beautifully on stage is really a sight to behold.
Well … you’ve come to the right place. This is our specialty. 😉

RDT has a incredible shows coming up that you won’t want to miss.

For the wild spirit: EMERGEEMERGE_DATE

EMERGE is RDT’s dance choreography showcase, featuring 8 dances by the RDT dancers and Artistic Staff. Dances feature local artists as well as RDT dancers.
It’s the place to be to see the next generation of choreographers. BUY TICKETS HERE>>

For the party animal: REGALIA

REGALIA is not only a choreographic spectacle, but an awesome party! With a VIP ticket  you and your guest will enjoy a generous cocktail hour while you wander the studios of the Rose Wagner to watch dance being created before your very eyes.
Then you’ll devour a scrumptious meal catered by Utah Food Services in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre.
Then it’s time to watch the newly created REGALIA_datedances on stage by 4 competing choreographers who have been selected for the experience, artistry, and wit.
After which you get to vote for your favorite to win an RDT commission for next year!
Afterwards, join the whole cast and audience on stage to dance the night away with the Joe Muscolino Band.
A seriously awesome evening.


Not quite in your price range? Check out the Performance Ticket for just $50. You’ll see the full performance and get to dance on stage after the show!


15109588_10154192988690197_7574637109403919961_nFor the undecided: ArtTix Gift card

You can purchase ArtTix gift cards so they can choose the RDT show they want to see!

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 RDT-79_dan_winterdanceWinter Workshop

For the semi-professional/pre-professional dancer in your life. Check out WINTERDANCE, for the dancer who is really serious.
Students will work with RDT dancers in technique, improv, composition, and … even learn a piece to perform at RDT’s concert EMERGE, January 6-7!

Learn more>>


 Kneeotech Yoga/Dance Pants

If you’ve ever taken a dance class, you’ve probably had some aches in your knees. Kneeotech by Evolution Activewear has the solution. Their stylish yoga pants have knee-pads built right in. So you can take yourself to the floor with ease and not worry about your knees turning as purple as RDT’s logo. 😉

RDT endorses Kneeotech and loves wearing these awesome pants in rehearsal. Check out the RDT dancers trying them out!


Support Everyone’s Favorite Dance Company

While everyone loves getting “things” …  sometimes the gift that means the most is the gift of giving back.
If RDT means a lot to you (or someone you care about), consider making a donation to help us continue to create, preserve, perform, and perpetuate the art of modern dance.
You can earmark your gift for for a variety of programs, including RDT’s school outreach throughout Utah; a particular upcoming concert; RDT’s children’s series Ring Around the Rose; or a particular upcoming commission or reconstruction.

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If you’d like to make a donation in someone’s name as a gift, including a membership in RDT’s new Sustainers Club (with cool perks!), just click “This is a tribute donation” when prompted. 



MERCHANT_PARTNERS300X300And one final idea…

If the best idea for your loved one isn’t on this list … consider SHOPPING TO SUPPORT RDT.
You can use this link to shop at some of your favorite retailers (only some of which are shown here), and RDT will get a percentage back in return!
And all you have to do is shop!
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Or check out the RDT Gift Shop for some awesome T-shirts!

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RDT goes Gaga … AGAIN (Part 1)

RDT goes Gaga … AGAIN (Part 1)


By Linda C. Smith
Artistic | Executive Director

At the turn of the 20th century, many dancers worldwide were exploring ways to express the energy of a new era … one that was influenced by technology, the access to travel and the discovery of scientific principles that were to change our lives forever. Daring choreographers boldly rejected the status quo and were determined to create new movement languages.

That exploration continues through Gaga.

As a repertory company, Repertory Dance Theatre houses the work of over 150 different choreographers. Each requires a dancer to learn a different movement vocabulary. Today, RDT’s expanding lexicon now includes the Gaga movement language developed by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company based in Tel Aviv.

“Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others. We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” –Ohad Naharin

RDT has worked with Gaga in the past, so the language wasn’t new for us when, during the summer of 2016, we had the pleasure of working with dancer and choreographer Danielle Agami and her company Ate9. But as with writing, different authors use the same language very differently. Gaga is a tool Agami uses on a daily basis while choreographing her original repertory.

The experience for RDT dancers was again transforming.

Theatre_1Danielle Agami was born in Israel in 1984 and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2002-2010. She functioned as the company’s rehearsal director and is now one of only fifty Gaga teachers worldwide. In 2011, Agami relocated to New York City, then founded Ate9 Dance and chose Los Angeles as the company’s home.  Agami describes Gaga as a movement language rather than a technique. She says, “Gaga trains us to be fully effective and efficient in our body movements as we communicate.” The Gaga experience connects our senses to a world of endless possibilities.

Anyone can take a Gaga class. Experienced dancers might take a class alongside someone who has never danced before. However, there is a protocol in class and a list of requirements that one is expected to follow.

Instructions on taking a Gaga Class

You must be on time to the class. No entry for latecomers: Attending the first minutes of the class is very important so you will be able to produce more from the session and take care of your body.

Everyone work barefoot, without shoes. Participants wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement.

Never stop. The class is one session, with no pauses or exercises. It is a continuity of instructions one on top of the other, never a cancellation of the previous one but added to it, layer upon layer. Therefore, it is important not to stop in the middle of the session. If you get tired or want to work at another pace, you can always lower the volume, work 30 or 20 perecent, float, or rest, but without losing sensations that have already been awakened.

Warm up. A Gaga class begins with a slow warm up to awaken the body. During class students explore ways of moving designed to heighten sensitivity and build strength and flexibility. Throughout the class, students are in constant motion, crawling on the floor, walking, falling, circling the wrist, head rolling, arching and kicking through space. Movement that begins subtly often explodes into actions that have every part of the body gyrating–raw and controlled all at once.

Listening to the body. It is important that you take the instructions gently into your body while being aware of the body’s sensations, abilities, and limitations. Do not seek excessive effort on your first time–seek the quality of the movement, the sensation to which you are aiming, but with less intensity in the work. Go to places where the pleasure in movement is awakened and not to places of pain. Maintain the connection to pleasure especially during effort (effort being different than pain). If you have any limitation, restrictions, or physical pain–permanent or temporary–talk to the teacher before the class starts, and be aware of these factors throughout the session.

Awareness. Be aware. Get inspired by the teacher and by other people in the room. Be mindful of people around you, the space that they need, and the interaction if any.

Silence: During the session do not speak unless instructed to use your voice or words. If you have any questions, you are welcome to bring them up at the end of the session.

Dancers with Repertory Dance Theatre have responded to the Gaga classes with enthusiasm. And Gaga has affected the way they rehearse and perform.

In our next post, you can read, firsthand, what RDT dancers have learned from their Gaga experience.

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RDT: A Company Set Apart

RDT: A Company Set Apart

RDT-5Recently, one of our interns sat down and chatted with quite a few of the company members. She noticed that one thing kept coming up throughout all of their conversations — how Repertory Dance Theatre is truly set apart from all the other companies in the world, and especially those here in the U.S.

RDT is a very unique company. It’s the oldest repertory dance company in the country and thus has a rich history. It’s a company that challenges its dancers in new ways with every rehearsal and develops extremely capable movers because of the breadth of repertory that is performed.  The dancers in this company are an extremely accomplished group.  They have to be.

Jaclyn Brown, company member since 2014, notes the amount of historical work RDT does. She talked about how RDT’s “mission is focused on preserving history in dance.” The works, whether classical, modern, or recent contemporary pieces highlight “where we have been, where we come from, and where are we going.”

As Justin Bass, who joined the Company in 2013, says, “We can wear many hats in one show.” RDT is made up of a diverse body of dancers that “can speak all different languages” whether Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, or the latest, gaga-inspired work based on the contemporary work of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Ursula Perry, who joined the Company in 2013, states it this way: “We really do cover everything. Within the 300-something dances in our repertory, we are not only making history, we are preserving it. You have to wear all the hats, shoes, pants, and dresses.  You have to be this different era of a dancer sometimes within ten minutes. You are constantly challenged. It’s always very different.”

How many other companies can stake a similar claim? Many factors come together to produce a company that is one-of-a-kind.  RDT not only preserves dance history, but also perpetuates the continued creation and support of the art of modern dance in a way that few others have.

Kylee Smith was one of our outstanding 2016 summer interns here. She is currently starting her senior year at Ohio State University with a major in fine arts and a minor in creative writing. It was her major efforts that relaunched this blog. We hope to hear more from her in the future.