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Efren Corado: On a Journey We Go!

Efren Corado: On a Journey We Go!

“On a Journey We go!” is the last thing we say before boarding the cars. For instance, as we head on tour to Casper Wyoming, we are due to encounter closed roads, snow storms and who knows what. We know that we have the potential to experience any roadblock foreseeable. On the last trip to Idaho, we witnessed and acted as first responders on an accident where the vehicle had rolled across the high way. Our readiness for the stage…

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Ursula Perry: That is it’s Power

Ursula Perry: That is it’s Power

Learning Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder was a very personal journey for me. Growing up as a black female in America with parents who lived through and experienced segregation, I heard stories like these of my ancestors, but could never truly grasp what it meant. I knew it was a struggle. I knew we, as a country, have come far and I know we still have a journey ahead of us. As an artist, specifically a dancer, one has…

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Dan Higgins: Finding Our Own Experience

Dan Higgins: Finding Our Own Experience

RDT dancers perform repertory spanning 102 years. How do dancers find the right emotional qualities in such a wide range of choreographic styles? Fifth-year company member, Dan Higgins, explores what works best for him in our latest dancer blog post! Often throughout our artistic endeavors we are faced with subject matter that is daunting, unfamiliar, and challenging to connect to. Perhaps one of the most difficult notions to grasp as a dance and movement artist is how to portray an…

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Daniel Do: Trial and Error

Daniel Do: Trial and Error

How does a first-year Company member work through learning dances that the rest of the Company has known for years? Daniel Do shares his valuable lesson that applies to more than just learning choreography.  I recently started my first season as a company member with Repertory Dance Theatre.  I am thrilled to be back in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah and to be dancing, training, and growing everyday as an artist. Already working with the company for a few…

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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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