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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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“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

By Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director, RDT During TOP BILL (Nov. 16-18, 2017), Repertory Dance Theatre honors a dedicated RDT Board Trustee, a friend, and a beloved member of the dance community. Known for her dynamic energy, wry sense of humor and her dedication to the arts, Janet Muse Gray has created a legacy that has helped make Utah a renowned center for dance in the nation. Many people have a mentor whose influence and guidance they’ll never forget. For…

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Dance Lesson Plan #3: negative space in place & across the floor

Dance Lesson Plan #3: negative space in place & across the floor

Welcome to RDT’s series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. This is the third post in the series. Feel free to take a look at the first post HERE, and the second post HERE. 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.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a joint teacher…

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Dance Lesson Plan #2: Across the Floor – in 7/4

Dance Lesson Plan #2: Across the Floor – in 7/4

Welcome to our new series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. This is the second post in the series. Feel free to take a look at the first post HERE. 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.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a joint teacher workshop held this…

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“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

In Part I, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, talks about the origins of RDT’s new commission, inspired by the recently proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. To tour the Bears Ears is to enmesh in oneself in the cultures of Native Americans who have lived in this area from time immemorial. It is not only an opportunity to see this sacred land, but to hear the stories of the people who call this land home. Here in…

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