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Ursula Perry: Reflections on Sounds Familiar

Ursula Perry: Reflections on Sounds Familiar

SOUNDS FAMILIAR, what a whirlwind! It was such a joy, and quite a challenge to create. Working with multiple choreographers and grasping multiple ideas was a great exercise in what I feel RDT does best, cultivating and curating all styles of modern dance. Of the twelve choreographers, it was truly special to work with a mentor from college (Sharee Lane) and one of my dearest friends over the last twenty years (Natosha Washington). I could not have been more grateful to create…

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Lesson of the Month Nov. 2019

Lesson of the Month Nov. 2019

Welcome to RDT’s series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. Feel free to take a look at the previous posts here, under Lesson of the Month section. Our goal is to inspire teachers to use simple dance moves with their students to help them get to know each other as the school year starts.  We hope to encourage creativity and lead teachers to take the lesson plans to many levels. We also want to…

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Where have I heard that before?

Where have I heard that before?

This week, RDT brings together 12 choreographers to explore some of the world’s most beloved music in a whole new way. RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, Linda C. Smith and composer Scott Killian came up with the concept of SOUNDS FAMILIAR after complaining that young people did not seem to have enough exposure to classical music. They gave 12 choreographers a list of 36 classical music pieces and let them choose what to do. Read on to hear how some of them…

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Tyler Orcutt: The Importance of Growth

Tyler Orcutt: The Importance of Growth

For the past seven years, Salt Lake has been my home and Repertory Dance Theatre my family. Last year, I made a difficult decision that RDT’s 2019/2020 season would be my last with the company. Saying “farewell” next year will be one of the toughest things I have to do. “RDT is the best University,” is something my boss, Linda Smith, says jokingly on occasions. Jokingly because sure, you’re not paying for a diploma but what she is referring to…

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Jon Kim: Reflections Inside and Outside

Jon Kim: Reflections Inside and Outside

Upon starting the 2019-2020 season with Repertory Dance Theatre, I found myself thrust into the moment. In the dance world, there is never enough rehearsal time and never too much preparation because our art can always dig deeper and discover new depths. As the newest dancer just starting my first year, this proved true. Besides learning INSIDE OUTSIDE, our season opener, I had to catch up on dances from the education outreach programs and lecture demonstrations. The sheer number of pieces…

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Andy Noble: Filament

Andy Noble: Filament

Andy Noble danced with RDT from 1998-2004. Since then, he has gone on to become a professor at Sam Houston State and create a company of his own – NobleMotion Dance. During RDT’s 50th anniversary, Andy competed in the first ever REGALIA choreographer competition… and won! In doing so, he was commissioned for RDT the next year. What he came up with has become an audience favorite. Filament explores one of Andy’s choreographic passions – dance and technology. He sat…

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