Regalia 2023

February 4, 2023


Executive/Artistic Director


February 4, 2023
RDT's Annual Choreographer Competition & Fundraiser that lets the audience award a commission.
RDT's annual choreographic competition returns LIVE... a party, a process, a performance... as four choreographers create new work in record time to vie for an RDT commission.
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  • Submissions for the opportunity to compete for an RDT commission are being accepted.
  • Proposals will be accepted from Utah-based choreographers working as professionals or experienced pre-professionals ages 21 and up.
  • Choreographers must currently live in Utah and be in Salt Lake City on February 4th, 2023 for the event.
  • After reviewing submissions, RDT will select four COMPETITORS to vie for the commission by creating a 5-7 minute work in 4 hours on February 4, 2023 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center during RDT’s Regalia 2023 event.
  • The Regalia audience will award the RDT commission.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11:59 MST. Extended until December 1, 2022 at 11:59 MST


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Submissions must include:
  • Full name, mailing address, and email contact – choreographers must currently live in Utah and must be present in Salt Lake City on February 4, 2023.
  • Links to samples of previous work on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. RDT will not view more than 5 mins total for any applicant
    • Be sure to include any passwords needed to view
  • Current resume
  • Short (no more than 200 words) written proposal that includes:
    • explain your current choreographic interests (dramatic, satire, abstract, humor, political, environmental, etc.)
    • stylistic preferences, (traditional, contemporary, jazz, etc)
    • your choreographic process.

Each submission will be reviewed by Repertory Dance Theatre with four submissions being selected to compete in the Regalia event on February 4, 2023. Questions regarding submissions can be directed to Nicholas Cendese at

Announcement of 4 selected submissions will be made Monday, December 5, 2023.

The four selected competitors will be expected to attend the Regalia event on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center from approx. 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Each choreographer will work with 6-8 dancers during 4 hours of rehearsal time to create a 5-7-minute minute piece.  The audience will vote for their favorite and the winner of the competition will be awarded a new commission with Repertory Dance Theatre during its 2023-2024 season.

NEW for 2023 – guest choreographers and guest dancers will be invited to stay and enjoy the Regalia party after the show; however, RDT will NOT be announcing the winner of the competition on February 4th, 2023.  Digital performances will be edited and released online allowing each choreographer the opportunity to promote and gather more support for their work with the winner of the competition being announced a week after the live event on February 11, 2023.

The winner of the Regalia competition will:
  • Be awarded a commission of $3000 during the 2023-2024 season to create new choreography 8-10- mins in length featuring 6-8 dancers.
  • Choreographic/rehearsal time with RDT will not exceed 5 working days, 4 hours a day. Preferred rehearsal times: mid-August 2023 or mid-October 2023.
  • Premiere of the work will occur sometime during RDT’s 2023-2024 season.

Travel, per diem, housing, and transportation costs will NOT be covered by RDT.

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"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

Tyler Schnese

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