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D is for Dance


RDT presents repertory selections from its prestigious library of dance. The works will help students understand the elements of dance with suggestions about how to watch and enjoy an art form that is filled with movement and imagination.


Filmed in 2007 during a Ring Around The Rose performance at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


Script by Linda C .Smith

Narrated by: Alexander Cendese

Animation and editing by Nicholas Cendese

Cast: Nicholas Cendese, Rosy Goodman, Colleen Hoelscher, Tyler Kunz, Toni Lugo, Ashley Segura, Nathan Shaw, Aaron Wood


Blue Grass (excerpt) by Susan Hadley

Scarf Trio: (Exercises from the Denishawn School) by Ruth St Denis

Surprise Packages (excerpt,  Rolling Chair duet)   by Tim Hadel

Balls 2000 by Marina Harris

Fin Amours (excerpt “feet”) by Susan Hadley

Turf (excerpt) by Shaprio & Smith

Steppin’ (excerpt) by Natosha Washington

Grooming and Hat by Marina  Harris

Surprise Packages (excerpt “Shaky box”) by Tim Hadel

Fin Amours (excerpt, “Gestures”) by Susan Hadley

Baseball by Jim Moreno

Blue Grass (excerpt, Section I) by Susan Hadley


What People are Saying

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!