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RDT's Annual Choreographer Competition: Fundraiser & Gala

March 7, 2020 // Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Production Sponsor:


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      Enjoy delicious cocktails & hors d'evours from Utah Food Services.

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      Watch choreography in process. Choreographers get 4 hours to work.

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      Vote for your favorite choreographer to win a commission for next season.

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      Dance the night away to music from the Joe Muscolino Band.

    The clock is ticking, the dancers are sweating, the choreographers are frantically creating and the audience is partying. It must be RDT's annual REGALIA, a fundraiser that asks the audience to award a commission. The performance culminates with a lively shindig and dancing on stage to big band music by the Joe Muscolino Band. Not to be missed!

    Don your flapper dresses and 1920s garb (not required, but encouraged) and join us for a process, performance, and PARTY.

    Tickets ($75)
    Arrive for cocktail party as early as 6:30 pm


    • Cocktail party with heavy hors d'oeuvres
    • Drink tickets
    • Watch choreography in process
    • Check out auction items
    • Performance
    • Dessert on stage
    • Dancing on stage with The Joe Muscolino Band


    Want to help out at the show? Sign up to be a volunteer here

    The Choreographers

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    • justin bass

      HUMA / Chelsea Ainsworth

    • rachel barker

      Rachel Barker

    • justin bass

      Justin Bass


    • Brooklyn Draper

      Brooklyn Draper

    • Stephanie Zaletel

      Stephanie Zaletel

    How It works

    1. Cocktail party

      Toast to RDT with a signature cocktail, wine or beer (or any beverage of your choice). Wander around the studios to watch choreographers work. View auction items and enter initial bids.

    2. Final Touches

      Place your final bids on auction items. Wander to studios to see choreographers put final touches on pieces.

    3. Performance

      Enter the theatre and watch all five pieces be performed. After seeing all five pieces, you will have a chance to vote with your wallet to determine which choreographer will be assigned a commission for next year. Watch each piece and vote (with your number) for your favorite. In order to vote during this time you will have to have a registered number.

    4. Dancing & Dessert

      Everyone is invited on stage for dancing with The Joe Muscolino Band and dessert. Voting will continue.

      The COMMISSION will be awarded at 10:00 pm.


    What Your Donations Support

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    RDT's Arts-In-Education Programming

  • Provides alternative ways of learning in order to achieve basic educational objectives such as concentrating, creative problem solving, planning, visualizing, and conceptualizing.
  • Develops skills and insights needed for emotional maturity and social effectiveness - sharing, cooperating, integrating and interacting.
  • Develops an individual's physical and mental discipline at all levels of ability.

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    Check out the video created by Utah Education Network: Movement in Education

    Last year RDT served the following in Utah alone:

    332 schools in 37 Districts

    1060 Instructional Hours

    36,666 students

    2,073 teachers


    There are 2 ways to vote for your favorite choreographer:


    1. VISIT
    2. Fill out the form and select the choreographer(s) you'd like to vote for.
    3. Complete payment using credit card


    1. Register a NUMBER (at a REGISTRATION TABLE)
    2. When you arrive, you will be asked to swipe your credit card. We will not charge your card unless you vote or bid at the event.
    3. After all choreographers have shown their work, you will be prompted to raise your number at various amounts to vote for your favorite. If you raise your number, you are committing to pay that amount.
    4. Your votes will be counted and totaled.
    5. At the end of the night, you can check out with cash or check OR - your credit card will be charged with the amount that you voted with.



    Silent Auction


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      Silent Auction

      Dozens of baskets for you to bid on with everything from condo stays, show tickets, restaurants and more.

    Honoring Barbara J. Lewis


    Barbara Lewis is a third generation Californian and only child born in 1937 to loving parents. Art, teaching, and creativity have been constants in her life providing a spark that has carried her from coast to coast and in between.  In 1963, Barbara traveled with her 3 year old son to New England, where she made her home for the next 50 years.  This journey was Barbara’s effort to break from the familiar and discover the unfamiliar, a creative process called abstraction that, even today at 86, she is still discovering and using in her life.

    Barbara planned to be a vocal artist after graduating from Mills College in 1956; however, her plans changed in 1958 when she was asked to return as the Music Director for her high school alma mater. Suddenly teaching became her passion and she has continued to teach to this day. Her passion for teaching and for music and art education lead her to do many outstanding things over the years, including: developing a series of 30 weekly programs through Vermont Educational TV called, “Music Tells A Story” for use in Vermont schools that did not have music programs; receiving a Masters in Music Education in 1973; attending the Lincoln Center Arts In Education program in New York; teaching and serving the Greenwich Public Schools for 21 years where, in partnership with the Greenwich Symphony Board, she started a series of Youth Concerts for 2nd -8th grade students in public, private, and parochial schools in the district. In 2006, Barbara returned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of those concerts, still flourishing, today.

    Barbara retired from teaching in the public schools in 1990 but continued to make music, teaching, and art a huge part of her life. Moving to South Jordan, UT to be near her son and family, she started volunteering at Sagewood at Daybreak, a senior living facility, in 2015. After connecting with RDT through David Pace, RDT’s Development Director at the time, she proposed an idea to start a creative movement class at Sagewood. With RDT’s support, Nicholas Cendese and Barbara started to develop the Music In Motion program, which they have been teaching at Sagewood for nearly 3 years. Barbara is so grateful to RDT for giving her the opportunity, so late in life, to again share the excitement of discovery that only creativity and the arts can provide.


    Sponsor Regalia

    Sponsorship Options
    Production Sponsor $5,000 Year-round acknowledgment + tickets for 20 guests
    ($3,500 tax deduction)
    VIP Sponsor $1,500 Tickets for 10 guests ($700 tax deduction)
    Official sponsor of an RDT partnership with an elementary school.
    Auction Donor Value TBD in-kind donations of goods and services for silent auction
    Donate Here

    Production & VIP sponsors receive tickets to shows (deducted from tax write-off), invitations to select receptions and open rehearsals, signage, select print program and web / e-news acknowledgment, and, when appropriate, mention in press releases and ads.

    Email or call 801-534-1000 to become a sponsor.

    Regalia Sponsors & In-kind donors