February 11, 2012 - 7:30pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Jeanné Wagner Theatre - 138 W Broadway

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Experience the process, the party, and the performance... a friendly competition.

charette (sha-ret) french an intense period of design activity


Bring your Valentine and enjoy delectable desserts & wine.

Party behind the scenes while five choreographer duos design award-winning dances in record time.

Ignite the FUN back into fund-raising.

Enjoy surprise celebrity appearances.

Mingle with RDT dancers, local choreographers, and celebrity judges.

Bid on collectibles from RDT stakeholders including former dancers, Board members, and staff.


Support Charette

Charette is RDT's signature event and annual fund-raiser. By supporting Charette, you support RDT's dedicated mission to build community through the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of modern dance.

Click here to learn more about supporting Charette in one of the following ways:

  • Sponsor the event
  • Contribute product or service
  • Volunteer

Charette 2012 Contributing Sponsors:

GSDD Eccles City Arts Utah Arts Council NEA SLCO Zap
Emma Eccles Jones Foundation


Desserts provided by:





RDT's Charette is....
fearless choreographer duos
RDT dancers
community dancers
esteemed judges duos
audience members eating, drinking, and bribing with RDT funny money
friendly competition to crown the Iron Choreographer for 2012!

How Charette Works

  1. Audience goes immediately to the theatre for introductions to 5 pre-selected duos of choreographers and for the rehearsed performance.
  2. Five choreographer duos are given "secret ingredients" that they must use in each composition.
  3. RDT's 9 professional dancers and 30 gifted community dancers are divided between the choreographers and are sent to one of the 5 studios to create their work.
  4. Charette guests (the audience) eat, drink, and merrily wander between the party and the studios where dance is being created. Guests are invited to "bribe" the judges to vote for their favorite choreographer with RDT Funny Money.
  5. Guests are invited to bid on Silent Auction items - collectibles from RDT stakeholders.
  6. After an hour everyone returns to the theatre to see the newly created dances, vote for their favorite, and see who wins the title of RDT's "Iron Choreographer" for 2012!


We are pleased to announce...

KUED's Ken Verdoia will return as this year's emcee!


Chris Vanocur
After earning many awards ranging from the George Foster Peabody Award to the Columbia University Dupont Silver Baton, this local journalist joins the presitigious panel of judges for the first time! An honor like no other!

Miss and Mr. Margene
Our "dynamic duo" of the panel - Miss Margene of Miss Margene's Creative Classroom and her husband, Kevin Conde, an extreme dance enthusiast.

Janet Gray
The local studio owner returns for her seventh year as our veteran panelist. Janet knows the ins and outs of Charette and isn't afraid to tell it like it is!

Peter Christie
Representing the ballet side of things, Peter has been a choreographer, a judge, and a patron of Charette for years! It shouldn't be hard to bribe Peter.

Audience member
New this year! An audience member will have the opportunity to buy his/her seat on the judging panel. 

Choreographers - "Dynamic Duos"

Nathan & Suzie Balser

Nathan Balser is a former dancer of Repertory Dance Theatre and a current Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Wyoming Community College. His wife, Suzie starred in Mamma Mia on Broadway in Las Vegas. 

Jacque Bell & Bart Poulson
Jacque returns for the fourth time, this time along with her husband and former RDT Board Member, Bart Poulson, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Quite a dynamic duo!

Melissa Anast & Stephanie Richards
Our duo from the East (of Utah)! Melissa, an Assistant Professor of Dance at the College of Eastern Utah, is joined by her friend and Adjunct in the Ballet department.

Nicholas Cendese & Natosha Washington
The co-directors of RawMoves joing forces once again on the Charette stage. This dynamic duo never ceases to amaze.

Silent Auction Items
This year you will have the opportunity to bid on some fabulous "collectibles" from RDT's circle of friends! Everything from paintings to knick-knacks - you won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind items! Check back soon for a complete list!

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Purchase tickets through artTix

Tickets: $30*
Couples: $50*✢
801-355-Arts (2787) |
*Tickets will increase $5 on the day of the show.
✢ The "Couples" price is not available online. Please call or visit an ArtTix box office to purchase "Couples" tickets.


RDT presents Charette. Don't miss the madness as choreographers create new dances in record time! This dance competition must be seen to be believed. Celebrity Judges and the Audience will choose the winners!. Bring your wallets for drinks, prizes, and bribes. It's a performance, party, and fundraiser you can't miss!



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