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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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The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The story is now iconic. It has the quality of an urban legend, but it is indubitably true. Repertory Dance Theatre’s original home in the army barracks at the University of Utah was being demolished. RDT was homeless. Going here, going there . . . at one point “squatting” at the old Salt Palace. That they ended up in an old restaurant equipment warehouse on west Broadway (300 South) in Salt Lake City was indeed fortuitous. Who knew that the…

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A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the Rose Wagner opened its doors? A Rose is a Rose. . . but there’s only one Rose Wagner, the arts complex of dance studios and small to mid-sized theaters in Salt Lake City, home of Repertory Dance Theatre. Affectionately known as “The Rose,” the brainchild of the Performing Arts Coalition formed in part by RDT’s own Linda C. Smith, turns 20 this year. Since then, the Capital City of Utah has…

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Get To Know You – Dance Lesson Plans

Get To Know You – Dance Lesson Plans

  RDT’s Embark is beginning a new series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. The inaugural post, below, will inspire teachers to use simple dance moves with their students to help them get to know each other as the school year starts.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a joint teacher workshop held this past January in tandem with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In the forum discussion, many teachers voiced…

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“The Best Math Ever”: Designer Pilar Davis & the Art of RDT Dance

“The Best Math Ever”: Designer Pilar Davis & the Art of RDT Dance

by David G. Pace Pilar Davis admits to being an adrenaline junkie. She loves art and she loves live art, and you can tell. In a planning meeting late last year for RDT’s annual choreographer competition and fundraiser, she talked fast, expressively, and yet somehow maintained a gracious coherency as she factored in the needs and opinions of others. Still, sometimes when you’re working with Pilar you feel like you need to wear a helmet. Dont get me wrong: it’s…

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Finding Touring Opportunities for RDT

Finding Touring Opportunities for RDT

by RICKLEN NOBIS  The best part of the job of booking Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) on tour is the opportunity to develop long-standing relationships with wonderful and enlightened community arts presenters all over the country.  The job of community arts presenters in turn is a true balancing act:  how to present a season of local performances to their respective audiences that offers a full and diverse palette of artistic experience? How—for example—does an RDT performance fit in with a concert…

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