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Daniel Do: Trial and Error

Daniel Do: Trial and Error

How does a first-year Company member work through learning dances that the rest of the Company has known for years? Daniel Do shares his valuable lesson that applies to more than just learning choreography.  I recently started my first season as a company member with Repertory Dance Theatre.  I am thrilled to be back in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah and to be dancing, training, and growing everyday as an artist. Already working with the company for a few…

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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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