Repertory Dance Theatre believes that all peoples, their cultures, and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity and should be honored and celebrated.
RDT firmly stands against racism in all forms. We, as a Company, denounce racism, bigotry, and intolerance in our state and across the nation. We are committed to learning, growing, and listening as we work toward a more equitable world for all.
RDT stands in solidarity with our communities of color. We stand for equity and inclusion and we stand against racism. We have a priority to have a company of racially diverse dancers who are skilled ambassadors for the benefit of a racial and culturally diverse society.
RDT’s repertory exhibits a fusion of cultures and is a way to reveal, ask questions, encourage conversation and break down barriers. We believe that dance is a thing that connects us and has no language barriers. Dance is a means for cultures to identify things that we share as human beings. Through dance, we can better understand our common humanity.
RDT has always embraced themes of social justice. Our actions, artistic priorities, and projects have made strong statements about gender equality, racial equality, climate change, the destruction of vital ecosystems, air and water pollution, ethnic diversity, and immigration.
- RDT was Utah’s first integrated dance company.
- RDT’s first guest choreographer in 1966 was an African American
- RDT has performed the work of eight African American choreographers including Geoffery Holder, Manzell Senters, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Natosha Washington, Ursula Perry, and Justin Bass
We honor the 2022 celebration of Black History Month by sharing the voices of two RDT dancers, Kareem Lewis and Ursula Perry.
We honored the 2021 celebration of Black History Month by sharing the choreography of four African American artists commissioned under RDT’s Manifest Diversity Initiative including:
RDT appreciates the generous funding provided by the Utah Legislature and the Utah Board of Education that help make our Arts-in-Education Programs possible in Utah’s Public Schools.