RDT hosts guest performers from Utah ethnic communities
We are a land of immigrants. Utah is home to a rich and diverse culture that can trace its origins to almost every country on earth.
MOSAIC is a tapestry of music and movement from around the world. It is a cultural celebration featuring RDT and performers from ethnic communities that make the Salt Lake Valley their home.
We share our humanity with dances we learn and dances we create. Patterns and rituals from North and South American, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands tell our stories, our hopes and our dreams.
We celebrate our diversity in movement inspired by rituals, work and warrior dances, folk dances and steps that have been performed at gatherings for centuries. This production will include guest performers from selected Utah dance groups representing a variety of cultures and is enjoyable for both adults and youth.
- Greece: Dionysios Dance
- Cambodia: Khemera Cambodian Troup
- Okinawa: Okinawa Ken Jin Kai
- Mexico: Ballet folklorico de las Americas
- Spain: Tablado Dance Company
- Polynesia: Malialole Dance Company
Ballet Folklorico de las Americas
Ballet Folkloricio de las Americas is one of the oldest Latino dance groups in Utah. Their repertoire has changed over the years due to the expertise of incoming dancers, but they always present a lively mix of Mexican dances along with dances from Central and South America..
The Dionysios Greek Dancers attend either the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox or Prophet Elias Church and are all of Greek heritage. This group performs at community celebrations, including the annual Greek Festival, church functions and cultural events throughout the region.
Khemera Cambodian Dance
The mission of the Khemera Dance Troupe is to carry on the traditional dances of Cambodia in the United States. This mission is accomplished by training members of the Cambodian-American community in the art of Cambodian Court and Folk dances. Public performances of music and dance, as well as exhibitions, will further the mission of the dance troupe.
The Khemera Dance Troupe also furthers its mission by providing opportunities for cultural interaction between Cambodian-Americans and their surrounding communities in an attempt to promote the importance of cultural diversity and understanding among people from different regions of the world.
Okinawa Kenjin Kai
Utah Okinawa Kenjin Kai (OKK) is dedicated to preserving the beautiful traditions and promoting the Okinawan performing arts. Okinawa is an island located in the southernmost part of Japan. Under the direction of Mrs. Mitsuko Davies, Goodwill Ambassador, appointed by the prefecture government of Okinawa and a certified classical/traditional Okinawa dance instructor, the Kenjin Kai is honored to showcase dance and Taiko drumming with elements of karate, which originated in Okinawa.
Tablado Dance Company
Founded in 2001 by Solange Gomes (principle dancer, artistic director and choreographer), Tablado Dance Company is a performance ensemble dedicated to sharing its passion for the dance, music and culture of Spain and is known for maintaining the ethnic richness of flamenco.
The mission of Tablado Dance Company is to create a diverse theatrical body of performance through music and dance that expresses a rigorous, spell-binding aesthetic in the form of flamenco. Striving for the highest artistic expectations, the company captivates its audiences through its live performances and evokes in them the vivid and expansive sea of passion and emotion that is flamenco. Through its educational outreach programs of baile (dance), cante (song) and toque (guitar), Tablado is recognized for its excellent curriculum, constantly seeking to educate and enlighten persons of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds regarding the authentic form of flamenco.
The company combines the vigor and passion of a traditional Flamenco with the vitality of the modern style through unique arrangements made by this authentic ‘cuadro flamenco’. Tablado’s concerts blend traditional aesthetics with compatible contemporary innovations creating experiences that connect to your heart.
(Mah-lee-yah-loh-lay) is a Polynesian Music, Dance and arts school, ensemble and entertainment group. Malialole’s mission is to perpetuate the Polynesian culture through song and dance while promoting cultural awareness of all Pacific Island People sharing stories of the past and present.It is the goal of Malialole to teach, build and connect the youth with the beautiful Polynesian culture and tradition of respect and love.