Justin Bass (2013)
Justin Bass is from East Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University and majored in Dance Education in 2009. In 2011 he transferred to SUNY Brockport and graduated with his BFA in Dance where he studied with a former RDT alumnus, William (Bill) Evans. During his time at SUNY Brockport he was a touring and performing intern with Garth Fagan Dance, performing at renowned stages including The Joyce Theater. Justin is a versatile performer with a technical background in “Cecchetti ballet” and has studied a variety of modern dance techniques including those of Paul Taylor, May O’Donnell, Contemporary Modern Release, hip-hop and Jazz, (Fosse, Luigi and Broadway Jazz). He enjoys teaching and is interested in developing his choreographic skill.
Jaclyn Brown (2014)
Jaclyn Brown is originally from Roosevelt, Utah. Jaclyn hails from Utah Valley University’s (UVU) BFA Modern Dance program, where she performed with Contemporary Dance Ensemble, the department’s pre-professional modern performing group, and also choreographed and performed for Synergy Dance Company. Outside of RDT, Jaclyn performs with Monica Campbell & Dancers. As a member of these companies, Jaclyn has worked with nationally recognized artists, such as, Susan Hadley, Damon Rago, John Allen, Doris Hudson de Trujillo, Jennifer Huffman, Omar Olivas, and Mike Esperanza. Beyond her local training, Jaclyn also traveled to Spain for a study abroad in dance (2010). She also appeared in Alex Boye’s music video “Merci Bon Dieu.” Jaclyn was also honored to first perform for Repertory Dance Theatre as a guest artist in “Commonplace” (2013). Jaclyn is thrilled to be joining the company for her third season and would like to thank her husband, family, and friends for their unwavering support.
Lauren Curley (2014)
Lauren began her training at Walker Dance in Lowell, Massachusetts at the age of four. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier and was offered a contract with Repertory Dance Theatre the day after graduation. While at Hartt, Lauren performed numerous soloist roles including Jose Limon’s Primavera from Dances for Isadora and the female solo from Psalm under direction of Nina Watt. In addition, she has studied at the Limon, Taylor, and Graham schools and Henny Juriens Stichting in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lauren has taught extensively throughout the New England area and is very excited to continue teaching through RDT Dance Center on Broadway as well. She is thrilled to be a part of Repertory Dance Theatre and so thankful for all of the support from her family and friends!
Efrén Corado Garcia (2013)
A native of Guatemala, Efren attended Chapman University, a private liberal arts college where he received his BFA in Dance. Efren was a founding company member of Bare Dance Company (artistic director Mike Esperanza) and danced with the company from 2005-2010. From 2006-2008 he was a member of Gallimaufry and Green Dance Company with artistic director Sean Green. Efren is recipient of numerous awards for his performance, choreography, and media work, in addition to grants for the development of creative dance projects in which he researched the role of the arts as a social service. Most recently, he was awarded the second runner up prize at the Choreography Design Project in conjunction with the Utah Regional Ballet for his piece “A Road to Remembrance.” A Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMLA), Efren was a guest dancer for RDT during the 2012-2013 season in Embark (October 2012) and Women of Valor…In the Spirit of Service (April 2013). He also competed as a choreographer in Charette 2013.
Dan Higgins (2014)
Dan is a Bay Area native where he grew up playing organized sports, particularly football (12 yrs.). The physicality and athleticism of football directly translated into his love of dance. Some of Dan’s favorite styles of dance are modern/contemporary, hip-hop, and folk dance. Dan received his training from the University of Wyoming, obtaining his B.F.A. in Dance Performance. He is currently in his third year dancing with Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake Cit and continues to craft his own future work with the art of dance. Dan also hopes to open his own restaurant in good time.
Tyler Orcutt (2012)
Tyler Orcutt was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He started ballroom dancing as a kid, and later transitioned into ballet and modern. He holds a BFA in modern dance from the University of South Florida. He has had the privilege of working with and performing in the repertoire of choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. Tyler is super excited for what the future holds.
Ursula Perry (2013)
Ursula Perry was born in Houston, Texas where she began her training at the Houston Ballet Academy. Since then she has studied under various schools including those at the Boston Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and the Edge Performing Arts Center. She then made the journey to Utah and attended the University of Utah’s Ballet Department. Since graduation, she has performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Prism Dance Theatre, and River North. Since her return to Salt Lake she is proud to have performed with RawMoves, Movement Forum, and Influx Dance. Ursula also peformed as a guest dancer in RDT’s April 2013 show, Women of Valor…In the Spirit of Service.
Lacie Scott (2014)
Lacie Scott was raised on a farm in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She began her dance training at Cheryl’s School Of Dance at the age of 4. Lacie graduated from Brigham Young University April 2014 with a BA in Dance Performance. While there she performed, choreographed and worked administratively for BYU dancEnsemble. Lacie spent her summers attending summer workshops throughout Utah and Southern California with Ririe-Woodbury, Repertory Dance Theatre, Backhause Dance, and many other community classes. Lacie studied with the Beijing Dance Academy, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Xian Physical Education University and Minzu University of China, learning, choreographing, and performing. Lacie was ecstatic to work with RDT for their presentation of Missa Brevis Fall 2013 and has loved working with the company ever since. This is her third season with RDT.