Elle Johansen: How to Keep it all Straight

Elle Johansen: How to Keep it all Straight

  Repertory Dance Theatre has over 300 dances in our repertory, or “library of dances.” So how do dancers keep it all straight? Second-year Company member Elle Johansen explains how she does it — especially in learning different roles in different dances as both a guest and full-time company member.  If you ask an RDT dancer how long they have been on the company, most have a definitive answer, but I often struggle to find mine. I have been learning…

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From Donald McKayle: Multiracial topic discussion

From Donald McKayle: Multiracial topic discussion

I am dictating this to my wife, Lea Vivante McKayle after a Black student in UCI posed me with a question and after I found out that my work CROSSING THE RUBICON caused a negative meeting of students at UCI and not the Moslem students. Hard for me to believe that RUBICON had its first performance on the same day the first Moslem ban was announced by our government. I am anguished, saddened and depressed by the deepening racial divide…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: LES WATANABE

From the choreographer’s eyes: LES WATANABE

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show. See Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s video here>>, and Natosha Washington’s video here>>. Last on our list is Les Watanabe, who came to RDT in July to set the…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: NATOSHA WASHINGTON

From the choreographer’s eyes: NATOSHA WASHINGTON

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show. See Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s video here>>. NEXT UP…Natosha Washington! Natosha Washington has been a choreographer and director her entire life, but professionally since 2004,…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: TIFFANY REA-FISHER

From the choreographer’s eyes: TIFFANY REA-FISHER

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show.  First up… Tiffany Rea-Fisher! Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance, subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through inclusion…

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EVERYTHING IS DANCE: A Blessing for RDT

EVERYTHING IS DANCE: A Blessing for RDT

By David G. Pace “Dancing in our heads… We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”   ~Albert Einstein   One of the great pleasures for me while working at Repertory Dance Theatre was its studio. I was a desk jockey most of the day—writing grants and reports and always prospecting for new donors as Director of…

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