Employment

Any open positions, administrative or artistic will be listed here.

Due to increased challenges and safety concerns related to the pandemic, RDT was not able to move forward with our plans for a large-scale, open-call audition as we had announced in December 2021.

However, based on outstanding personal recommendations, professional references, and their participation in RDT’s Winterdance Workshop in January 2022, we are pleased to announce that RDT has hired Jacob Lewis and Caleb Daly who will join the company beginning in June 2022.

Caleb Daly, originally from Cheyenne, WY, began his dance training at the age of eight at En Avant Dance Studio. In his earlier years of dancing, he was exposed to a wide variety of dance styles and techniques. After graduating in 2018, he attended the University of Wyoming where he will be receiving his BFA in Dance Performance, in spring 2022. Throughout his time in college, Caleb has studied with faculty such as Jen Deckert, Juliana Freude, Cat Kamrath. Marsha Knight, André Megerdichian, and Margaret Wilson. Throughout his studies, he trained in techniques including José Limón, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton, and Laban/Barteneiff Fundamentals. He has performed repertory by José Limón and Paul Taylor and original works by world-renowned artists. Caleb is very enthusiastic about joining Repertory Dance Theatre in 2022 and continuing to develop his artistry with the company. 

Jacob Lewis is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and received his dance training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) led by Lee Nolting. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and was a finalist for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Artistic Award. He attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and during his time in school performed in Alvin Ailey’s “Memoria” during the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s NY City Center Season. Upon graduation, he joined Ailey II where he performed both classical and contemporary works, both nationally and internationally. In 2017 he joined TU Dance and participated in the collaboration with Bon Iver’s ‘Come Through,’ which was performed at the Palace Theater (St. Paul, MN,) Hollywood Bowl and The Kennedy Center. As of 2021, Lewis has been dancing with the historic ballet company, Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis where he has performed works by both Loyce and Lise Holton.

While these full-time positions have been filled, RDT welcomes the opportunity to build relationships and become acquainted with dancers interested in auditioning or performing as guest artists for the 2022-2023 season.

RDT encourages dancers to attend our workshops and also submit the requested electronic and video application found below.

For Interested Dancers:

RDT’s Equal Opportunity Policy

We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and whole communities from access to opportunity and, as such, Repertory Dance Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability, unless the candidate is unable to perform the “Position Requirements” listed in the job description.

DANCER AUDITIONS

Although RDT does not currently have a full-time position available, we like to become acquainted with dancers interested in RDT. We encourage dancers to attend our workshops as well as send information to us via our website.

We encourage dancers of all colors, races, ethnicities, gender identity, gender expressions, sexual orientations, creeds, and religions to apply.

 

TO SUBMIT: To submit your information, dancers should use the form below.
In addition to filling out the application form, dancers will need to prepare and upload the following materials:

  • Résumé (or CV)
  • Full body dance photo
  • Headshot
  • Contact information for two references (name, phone, email)

ONLINE VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: Vimeo preferred, NO Passwords please

  • Applicant performing modern/ contemporary work (maximum 5 minutes). Solo work is best. If sending group work, please indicate who to watch for.
  • Applicant improvising movement that illustrates technical ability (maximum 2 minutes).
  • Applicant stating where they are in their dance career and their interest in RDT (maximum 1 minute).

ABOUT RDT

An inspired partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation, the Salt Lake City community, and the University of Utah launched Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) in 1966—a company in a rural western state with the mission to preserve and present modern dance, America’s unique art form. From the early pioneers to today’s boundary-breaking choreographers, RDT maintains one of the largest collections of modern dance works in the world with 480+ significant pieces including works by Ted Shawn, Michio Ito, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Shapiro & Smith, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner, Ishan Rustem, and Noa Zuk.

  • Positions in this 9 member company are for a minimum of 35+ weeks per year.
  • Dancers must be prepared to make a two-year commitment.
  • Performing engagements include 4-5 home season productions, touring, Arts-In Education residencies.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Showcase outstanding technical skills.
  • Have some experience in and ability to perform a wide range of modern/contemporary movement styles as well as contemporary and classical modern dance techniques such as Graham, Limon, and Cunningham.
  • Have experience with partnering skills, serving as both a lifter/base and lifted/flyer as well as showcasing physical strength, endurance, and flexibility.
  • Have a four-year degree in dance (BA, BS, or BFA) from an accredited college/university or equivalent in professional experience.
  • Have some experience choreographing dance works and/or showcase an interest in developing their own choreographic skills.
  • Have some experience with teaching (university pedagogy class and/or practical experience) K-12th grade students as well as interest in developing their teaching skills.
  • Have clear communication skills
  • Be willing to relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah for all contracted weeks
  • Be available to sign a 2-year contract
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or variants
  • Be a citizen of the USA or have a Green Card
NOTE:

As a company dedicated to both preserving AND creating modern dance, RDT recognizes the need to include performative “gender” in some historic modern dance. As a repertory company, RDT dancers may be asked to “perform gender” onstage or adopt a certain gender identity for a specific dance work; however, we are committed to making sure the performance of gender is not a barrier to inclusion and full-participation as a performer and artist.