Creative Aging

RDT & Creative Aging

Repertory Dance Theatre uses dance as a way to help people become more connected, compassionate, aware, inspired, original, focused, courageous, passionate, and human.

Since its inception in 1966, Repertory Dance Theatre has valued and championed lifelong learning to ignite the creative imagination for all ages and abilities. Our Arts Learning programs for ALL ages have worked to advance the understanding of dance as a critical form of communication shared by people and cultures across the ages and globe.

56 years later, RDT’s wide range of activities and programs are rooted in a deep core value: that dance, much more than just exercise or entertainment, is a powerful medium to express one’s values, aspirations, experiences, and the world in which we live.

RDT’s Creative Aging programs are built in tandem with other company programs and work to include and explore company commissions, acquisitions, creative plans, and educational best practices. Specifically, RDT’s Creative Aging programs are built to conform and meet the national standards for Creative Aging programs as set forth by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). RDT’s programs follow a sequential path for learning new skills, are taught by fully professional experts in the field, and strive to create a community and social group that can deepen the skills learned and provide new community connections for participants.

While always being considered for expansion, RDT currently offers three programs as a part of its Creative Aging portfolio: Prime Movement, Prime Performance, and Music in Motion. Learn more below.

Current Programs

See the tabs below to see the current Creative Aging Programs RDT is involved with.

Music in Motion

Music in Motion:

Founded in 2016 by Barbara J. Lewis and Nicholas Cendese, Music in Motion is a movement and music exploration class for older adults. Currently offering two classes a week at Sagewood Senior Living in South Jordan and at the Midvale Senior Center in Midvale, classes build confidence in the creative process while exploring music and musical concepts. The Music in Motion program is currently looking to expand to another location by Feb. 2023.

 

If you are interested in bringing Music in Motion to you, please email nick@rdtutah.org

Prime Movement

Offered on Saturdays as part of RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway, this class was founded in 2001 by Meghan Durham Wall and continues to explore the aging body in motion through the use of improvisation and modern dance technique. This class is offered to those 40 years and older.

Prime Performance

Created in tandem with Meghan Durham Wall and Nicholas Cendese, this pilot program was launched in May 2022 and lasted 8 classes. Participants worked with Wall to create a special dance work that explored their own histories and experiences. While not scheduled at this time, RDT hopes to offer another program like this in the future.