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A Tribute to Miss Pearl

A Tribute to Miss Pearl

Pearl Wagstaff-Garff was a legend in the Salt Lake City children’s dance community. She started the Dancers’ Theatre Company, a non-profit, and the Life Arts Center, a school of the integrated arts/science. Pearl received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Utah Dance Education Organization. Pearl was a teacher, shaman, dancer, and artist, known as “Miss Pearl” to many of her students and friends. For over 50 years, children were the love of her life and her life’s mission. You can…

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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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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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Letting the Movement Happen to Us: Reflections of a UVU Guest Dancer in RDT’s “Tower”

Letting the Movement Happen to Us: Reflections of a UVU Guest Dancer in RDT’s “Tower”

By Lauren Bloomfield When I first found out that we were going to be working with Andy Noble and Repertory Dance Theatre and would perform in their concert, I was amazed. Though excited and grateful for the opportunity, I was also nervous. This would be a very different experience than what I had done before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. First off, I haven’t worked in that big of a group of dancers since high school and, even…

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Looking Forward To SUMMERDANCE 2017

Looking Forward To SUMMERDANCE 2017

By Katherine Kain I never quite know what’s in store for me when starting a SummerDance workshop at Repertory Dance Theatre. I know that I’m going to be challenged to think outside the box, to consider new perspectives, to be pushed to new physical extremes, and that I’m going to grow into a more thoughtful, passionate dancer. In the past, RDT has always brought in diverse, unexpected, incredibly qualified artists to Salt Lake City to share their experiences during the summer workshops….

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