Repertory Dance Theatre's education programs increase critical thinking and nonverbal reasoning skills, develop the ability to communicate as part of a group, encourage groups to work collaboratively, improve individual kinesthetic and spatial learning, as well as intra- and interpersonal knowledge of self and others. RDT’s nationally recognized and lauded Arts In Education (AIE) programs offers students and teachers across Utah much more than exercise or entertainment.
What We Do
Repertory Dance Theatre is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of modern dance. Whether welcoming the community—physically or digitally—to our home at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City or traveling to urban and rural locations around Utah, RDT builds community wherever we go; celebrating mutual and singular histories, aspirations, and experiences through performances, workshops, classes, and community- and school-based residencies.
Why Arts in Education
Dance is fundamental to how we experience the world. Regardless of race, income, status, age, gender or location, dance and artistic expression are vital human tools that connect, support and heal.
Dance develops Life Skills by encouraging good citizenship, helping students be responsible and understand their relationship to the other members of their group, family, class, or community.
Dance provides opportunities to explore movement, improvisation, the creative process, and learning within the arts.
Dance helps develop skills needed for emotional maturity and social effectiveness—sharing, cooperating, integrating, and interacting.
RDT uses dance as a way to help people become more:
This creative movement lesson using syllables is a great ice breaker for the beginning of the year or semester, a time when students are getting to know one another and the teacher is getting to know students’ names as well.
The diversity of the dancers really spoke to my students! It was great to see boys and girls dancing, and different races. The high level of engagement was so refreshing and got students excited about thecontent.
This activity was valuable because it helped students make connections between dance, rhythm, healthy lifestyles, and expression. The students were impressed by the talent of the dancers and it was motivating to them.
Opportunities for art and expression are so limited at school but so essential and valuable for all students, especially those who struggle to learn through traditional methods. My Kindergarteners have been dancing since you left!
This was so engaging. I looked around the auditorium and every student was watching. Not one person was talking or distracted
This activity is valuable to teachers and students because it gives them a creative outlet. We need movement in the classroom to engage, energize and deepen student learning.
I got great ideas on how to incorporate movement into math and science lessons.
I loved how you made movement and exercise relatable to the students. The dancers were full of energy and there was very little down time so students stayed engaged.
Our children were captivated by the performance. They listened to you and they were learning without knowing. They usually giggle when bodies are shown and talked about. But the way you presented it was so tastefully done, they now do poses and movement around the room and outside. You brokesome barriers and they took that permission and literally ran with it!