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Tyler Orcutt: When was the moment you knew you wanted to be a professional dancer?

Tyler Orcutt: When was the moment you knew you wanted to be a professional dancer?

This is such a funny question to me and I absolutely love answering it. I sometimes wonder, just for fun, how other people in different fields would answer this question. When was the moment you knew you wanted to be a regional manager for a large corporation, a chef, a video game designer, or a construction worker? The answers would be wildly different not just from each other, for obvious reasons, but even from one another within the same field….

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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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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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Lesson of the Month: July 2019

Lesson of the Month: July 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 inspire creativity and lead you to take the lesson plans to many levels. We also want to…

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Lesson of the Month: April 2019

Lesson of the Month: April 2019

Welcome back 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.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a joint teacher workshop held in tandem with Ririe-Woodbury…

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