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Welcome Kareem Lewis!

Welcome Kareem Lewis!

We are proud to welcome Kareem Lewis into the RDT family! Kareem Lewis, a native of Boston, began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy. After graduating from Boston Arts Academy he continued his training at the Brookline Ballet School, studying with Trinidad Vives and Parren Ballard. He then enrolled at the The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he majored in dance with an emphasis on ballet pedagogy. ​ During his time at the Hartt school he…

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Lauren Curley: Tour Life

Lauren Curley: Tour Life

Greetings from the road! My name is Lauren and I’m in my sixth season with RDT. This month, I had the pleasure of heading out on two different tours throughout Idaho, Utah, and Nevada with RDT. Our travels started off in Eagle, ID with a teaching tour that myself, Elle Johansen, and Nick Cendese went on. Most of the time when we go on tour the full company comes, but occasionally we’ll head out in smaller groups and focus more…

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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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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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Tyler Orcutt: Re-staging “Something About Night”

Tyler Orcutt: Re-staging “Something About Night”

When learning new dances, as a company, we have a flexible system in place that allows us to best serve each choreographer’s individual needs. In the topic I’m writing about today, this flexibility comes in the form of learning from a former company dancer and current staff member rather than the choreographer himself. During my seven years on the company, we have learned four dances this way. Usually, we use this method for two reasons. One, restraints on scheduling and…

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