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Heritage Months

Black History

RDT’s repertory exhibits a fusion of cultures and is a way to reveal, ask questions, encourage conversation and break down barriers.  We believe that dance is a thing that connects us and has no language barriers. Dance is a means for cultures to identify things that we share as human beings. Through dance, we can better understand our common humanity.

RDT has always embraced themes of social justice. Our actions, artistic priorities, and projects have made strong statements about gender equality, racial equality, climate change, the destruction of vital ecosystems, air and water pollution, ethnic diversity, and immigration.

  • RDT was Utah’s first integrated dance company.
  • RDT’s first guest choreographer in 1966 was an African American
  • RDT has performed the work of eight African American choreographers including Geoffery Holder, Manzell Senters, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Natosha Washington, Ursula Perry, and Justin Bass

Ursula Perry

As we enter into Black History month, I have been contemplating the inspirations that have…

Say Their Names - Natosha Washington

Natosha Washington has been a choreographer and director her entire life, but professionally since 2004,…

Reset - Justin Bass

We honor the 2021 celebration of Black History Month by highlighting and sharing the choreography…

Kareem Lewis

Though there have been many great dancers of color who have inspired me such as…

Her Joy - Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance) subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through…

Event - Bebe Miller

We honor the 2021 celebration of Black History Month by highlighting and sharing the choreography…

Celebrating Black History Month

Repertory Dance Theatre believes that all peoples, their cultures, and their art contribute to the…

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!