Regalia 2022

March 5, 2022


Executive/Artistic Director
RDT's Annual Choreographer Competition & Fundraiser that lets the audience award a commission.
Regalia 2022 will be a hybrid event. Patrons will be able to vote for their favorite choreographer online throughout the week of February 27-March 5, 2022. And the week will culminate with an in-person celebration at the Rose Wagner.
Apply to choreograph

Four choreographers will be selected to compete for a commission on March 5, 2022.

  • Submissions for the opportunity to compete for an RDT commission are being accepted.
  • Proposals will be accepted from choreographers working as professionals or experienced pre-professionals ages 21 and up.
  • We are looking for choreographers who have a unique connection to Utah: training, birthplace, current residence, have visited, feel a connection to Utah, its landscape, people, history, etc.
  • Four selected COMPETITORS will vie for the commission by creating a 5–7-minute work via Zoom. Selected competitors will have in 4 hours to create on Sunday, February 6th. Works will be filmed on stage after they have been created that same day.
  •  The Regalia audience will award the RDT commission by voting online from February 27 – March 4 and at an in-person celebration on March 5, 2022.


 Submissions must include:
  • Full name, mailing address, and email contact
  • Links to samples of previous work on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. RDT will not view more than 10 mins total for any applicant
  • Current resume
  • Short written proposal (250 words):
    • Explain your current choreographic interests (dramatic, satire, abstract, humor, political, environmental, etc.), stylistic preferences, (traditional, contemporary, jazz, etc), and your choreographic process.
  • Short statement (100 words) about your connection to Utah

Each submission will be reviewed by Repertory Dance Theatre and 4 submissions will be selected to compete in the Regalia event.

Questions regarding submissions can be directed to Nicholas Cendese at


The four selected competitors will choreograph in two rounds on Sunday, February 6th. Each choreographer will work with 6 dancers during 4 hours of rehearsal time to create a 5-7-minute minute piece.  The work will then be videoed that same day. The choreography will be viewed on-line during a one week period February 27 – March 5, 2022 when the audience will have an opportunity to vote and select the winner of the competition.

A culminating Regalia event will be held on Saturday March 5, 2022 when the results will be tallied and RDT will award a commission to be performed during  Repertory Dance Theatre’s 2022-2023 season. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, in-person choreography is not possible.  Additionally, you are NOT expected to attend the event on March 5th, 2022.

The winner of REGALIA will:

  • Be awarded a commission of $3000 during the 2022-2023 season to create new choreography 8-10- mins in length featuring 4-8 dancers.
  • Choreographic/rehearsal time with RDT will not exceed 5 working days, 4 hours a day. Preferred rehearsal times:  Sept 5-18 or Oct 10-Nov 6, 2022
  • The premiere of the work will occur sometime during RDT’s 2022-2023 season.
  • Travel expenses will be negotiated. Choreographers with a connection to Utah are preferred for the project this season.
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Single tickets will be available December 1, 2021

"Few dance companies in the U.S. would take the audacious path of holding a choreographer’s competition in which the audience determines the winner with the prize of a commission for a composition to premiere in the company’s next season. However, the format of Regalia, the largest fundraising event each year for Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), has proven to be a winner, capped by consistently excellent premieres of new work in the following seasons."

Les Roka / The Utah Review

"I come almost every year. I sort of miss the hilarity from when it was kind of a fake contest, but I do like that it's a real prize for the winner, and I like coming back to see the final work."

Attendee / Regalia 2020


Former Winners

Kaley Pruitt
Justin Bass
Nancy Simpson Carter
Bryn Cohn
Nichele Van Portfleet
Andy Noble