Regalia 2024: So you think you can choreograph

March 2, 2024


Executive/Artistic Director


MARCH 2, 2024
Regalia 2024 will shift to a slightly new format -- “So You Think You Can Choreograph?” With help from RDT mentors, community members will be invited to take on the mantle of choreographer. Regalia remains the company’s gala fundraiser, a unique exploration of the creative process with a lively cocktail hour to celebrate RDT.
REGALIA: So You Think You Can Choreograph
Do any of these describe you?

….you’ve sat in the audience for years and seen countless works by RDT… love dance so much that you often find yourself coming up with movement ideas and choreography to the newest Taylor Swift song…’ve attended past RDT Charette and Regalia events, loved observing the creative process and thought, “Hey! I can do that!”

Calling all dance enthusiasts and aspiring choreographers! Are you ready to unleash your creative flair and imagination on the world? Join us as a choreographer for RDT’s thrilling gala fundraiser, Regalia: So You Think You Can Choreograph?


We are looking for a few brave souls (that are NOT dance professionals) to try their hand at being a choreographer. RDT’s 2024 Regalia event will provide the perfect platform to share your passion for dance and make a difference in the lives of your community.

All the Details

How Does it Work:

  • Each choreographer is required to: 
    • complete a short application online by 10/10/23 – but sooner is better!
    • meet briefly with RDT staff to make sure all the details are understood,
    • raise $2000 as an entrance fee by February 2, 2024. 
      • RDT will provide you with everything you need to help you raise funds from your network and will be with you EVERY STEP of the way as you lean on your family and friends to help your dream come true AND support a great organization.
  • Each choreographer will be paired with an RDT mentor who will help bring your vision to life. Each choreographer will participate in a choreography master class alongside their mentor to help them learn about the process of choreography, stimulate ideas, movement, themes, and help prepare them for the event.
  • On March 2, 2024 each choreographer will have 4 hours to create a new work on RDT dancers and guest performers from the Salt Lake community.
  • Your final work will be shown at REGALIA 2024 to an audience and panel of judges. Don’t worry – everyone wins in this celebration of community choreography!

Who can sign up

  • Anyone who is NOT a dance professional. We’re looking for RDT die-hards who LOVE the art of modern dance, but haven’t actually performed or choreographed themselves. 
    • Participants should not have a degree (major or minor) in dance performance, choreography, or instruction
    • Participants current profession should not be related to dance
  • You can sign up as an individual OR a team (friends, businesses, any group you’re part of!)

Project Timeline:

    • Project Announcement: August 15, 2023
    • Application/sign-up deadline: October 10, 2023
    • Meeting with RDT staff: September – October 2023
    • Fundraising can start as soon as your involvement has been confirmed.
    • $500 raised by each choreographer by December 15, 2023 (suggested goal)
    • $1,500 raised by each choreographer by January 5, 2024 (suggested goal)
    • $2,000 raised by each choreographer by February 2, 2024 & RDT Mentor assigned to each choreographer.
    • Choreographic Workshop and Seminar: DATE TBA
  • Regalia: So You Think You Can Choreograph? March 2nd, 2024

If you become a Regalia 2024 Choreographer, you will be expected to participate in the Regalia event on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. The day will look like this…

  • 1:30 pm – Arrive at the Rose, gather with your mentor, prepare for introductions
  • 1:50 – introductions by RDT, dancers broken up into groups, choreographers and mentors move to spaces around the Rose to start work
  • 2:00 – 5:00 pm – work time in studios. RDT’s production manager will visit with you to discuss lights, cues, music, and other potential needs.
  • 5:00 – 6:45 pm – dinner break and rest time. RDT will provide dinner for you and the dancers. You may remain at the Rose or leave and come back.
  • 6:45 pm – gather and prepare for the start of the show
  • 7:00 pm – Regalia event starts in the Jeanne Theatre with introductions
  • 7:20 – 8:20 pm – return to your studio space and complete your work. Regalia audience members will visit your rehearsals to see you work.
  • 8:20 pm – return to the stage for the showcase and performance of each completed work
  • 8:30 – 9:30 pm – showcase of each choreographer’s final work, celebration of RDT, each work will be given an award by a panel of judges.
  • 9:30 pm – bask in the glow of a job well done, go home, and rest!

As a choreographer, you will receive training and support from RDT and will be taught the tools you’ll need to bring your unique vision to life. You will be paired with a special RDT Mentor who will be your choreography Guru and Sensei – advising, supporting, assisting, and helping you bring your creative dream to life. This is YOUR opportunity to tell a story, express emotions, and leave the audience in awe of your talent. You supply the ideas, RDT will help make it happen.


Not only will you have the chance to showcase your skills, but you’ll also have the power to make a tangible impact through your fundraising efforts. By rallying your network of friends, family, and dance enthusiasts, you’ll raise funds that support RDT’s Arts-In-Education programming. Your creativity and dedication will not only be admired but will also contribute to making a difference in your community.


Through personalized fundraising pages and the support of our dedicated team, RDT will provide you with the tools and resources to maximize your impact. You’ll connect with donors who share your passion for dance and philanthropy, creating a ripple effect of generosity that extends far beyond the stage.


Imagine the thrill of seeing your choreography come to life, the applause and cheers from an enthusiastic audience, and the knowledge that you’ve played a vital role in supporting an organization you care about. “REGALIA: So You Think You Can Choreograph” is not just an event; it’s a transformative experience that combines your love for dance with the power of giving.

So, step up to the challenge, ignite your creativity, and be a part of something truly extraordinary. Sign up today as a choreographer for Regalia: So You Think You Can Choreograph and let your talent shine while making a positive impact on the world, one dance step at a time. Together, we can create a night to remember and inspire change through the art of movement.


We currently have secured the number of choreographers we are able to accommodate. If you are still interested in joining the challenge, please fill out the form to be added to the waitlist. 

Former Winners

*From 2016-2023, REGALIA was a choreographer competition to award a commission for RDT. The format is changing for 2024.

Tyler Schnese

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