Dance Festival

Red Rock Dance Festival

The Red Rock Dance Festival is an eclectic three-day workshop festival that includes:

  • Master classes and workshops by well-known teachers, professional dancers and choreographers
  • Seminars taught by renowned dance scholars and university dance professors
  • A dance concert by Repertory Dance Theatre
  • The annual choreography showcase with works presented by emerging choreographers and feedback from adjudicators with a grand cash prize

June 15 -17, 2016 at Tuacahn


REGISTER

Click here to Register for the Red Rock Dance Festival


FEES (Before May, 20, 2016)

Jr. Dancers Workshop, Beginning Intensive, Age 8-12yrs $50.00

Jr. Dancers Workshop, Intermediate Intensive, Age 12-16 yrs $100.00

Professional Training Workshop Program, Age 16 and Up $150.00

Choreography Showcase Submission, $40 (waived if registered for the Professional Training Workshop)

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS


FEES (After May 20, 2016)

Jr. Dancers Workshop, Beginning Intensive, Age 8-12yrs $75.00

Jr. Dancers Workshop, Intermediate Intensive, Age 12-16 yrs $125.00

Professional Training Workshop Program, Age 16 and Up $175.00

Choreography Showcase Submission, $40 (waived if registered for the Professional Training Workshop)

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

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SCHOLARSHIP
Red Rock Dance Festival grants one full ride scholarship to each high school and college dance program.

Instructors/Directors fill out the recommendation form.

Applicants must also fill out their scholarship application in addition to a registration form

Scholarship Application Deadline – May 20, 2016


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Amount of T-Shirts
Ladies Adult
Mens Adult
Youth


LOCATION

The Red Rock Dance Festival Professional Training Program and performances will take place at the beautiful Tuacahn Arts Center located in the mouth of Padre Canyon, adjacent to Snow Canyon State Park, in Ivins, Utah.

dancestudio hafenTuacahn High School for the Performing Arts

1100 Tuacahn Drive Ivins, UT 84738

The Red Rock Dance Festival Junior Program will take place at the Vista School which is also in Ivins Utah ten miles west of St. George, Utah.

Tuacahn Vista SchoolVista School

585 Center St, Ivins, UT 84738




Directions

Directions from the North

  • Off I-15, turn right on to St. George Boulevard, Exit 8
  • Drive west to Bluff Street.
  • Turn right on Bluff Street
  • Drive north to Snow Canyon Parkway
  • Turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway
  • Drive north west on Snow Canyon Parkway to the second roundabout
  • At the first exit from the roundabout turn right on Snow Canyon Drive, then take the first left onto Tuacahn Drive, follow the road to Tuacahn.
  • Or for Vista School continue on straight through roundabout to Vista School 200 feet on your right.

Direction From the South

  • Off of I-15, take the Bluff Street Exit 6 and turn left
  • Drive north to Snow Canyon Parkway
  • Turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway
  • Drive north west on Snow Canyon Parkway to the second roundabout
  • At the first exit from the roundabout turn right on Snow Canyon Drive, then take the first left onto Tuacahn Drive, follow the road to Tuacahn.
  • Or for Vista School continue on straight through roundabout to Vista School 200 feet on your right.

HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION

We will be happy to arrange your hotel and shuttle transportation while you are in southern Utah. Be sure to mark the box in the registration form and email us the name of the person you would like to share a room with at redrockdancefestival@gmail.com.

Single Hotel Room 3 Nights $300.00
Shared Hotel Room 3 Nights $150.00
3 Days Shuttle Transportation $30.00

You are welcome to arrange your own accommodations: http://www.visitstgeorge.com/hotels/#stgeorge


PERFORMANCES

RDT Performance Poster 2016 with logosRepertory Dance Theatre Concert

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hafen Theater, Tuacahn

7:30 $15

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$1.37 online processing fee

The Red Rock Dance Festival is proud to present the Repertory Dance Theater (and as a preshow Junior Red Rock Program will perform at this event)  RDT is the nation’s oldest and most successful repertory dance company. Unlike conventional modern dance organizations, we present you with a diverse range of modern dance styles and choreographers paired together in dynamic and unexpected performances.

New viewers often ask us what to expect from an RDT performance. We tell them grace and athleticism, beauty and power. Beyond that, we tell them to embrace the unexpected. So, what is RDT Dance all about? Simply said, we are about art. Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance. Art that in its immediacy and intimacy can be both thrilling and profound. Art that challenges you, and art that you won’t see coming.

For 50 years, RDT has pushed the boundaries of modern dance, while preserving and celebrating its legacy. It was radical when Utah modern dancers beat out the big city stalwarts to receive a Rockefeller grant establishing us as the nation’s first repertory dance company. Today, we’re just as revolutionary as we were in 1966. 

 

Contemporary dance concert 2016Contemporary Dance Concert 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016  12:00 noon & 7:30pm

Hafen Theater Tuacahn

$10 Adults, $6 Seniors/Youth 12 under

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The Red Rock Dance Festival hosts the Contemporary Dance Concert is an annual choreography showcase, which has been held in southern Utah for the past eight consecutive years and has attracted dance companies, choreographers and dancers from all over the southwest.

First Round – 12 noon showcase – Friday, June 17, 2016

21 choreographers will present their work and 8 to 12 pieces will be selected by the judges for the round two final evening showcase.

Second Round – 7:30 final showcase – Friday, June 17, 2016

Finalists only will perform in the 2nd round performance. Linda Smith, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Greg Sample and John Corsa will adjudicate. $5oo Award to the Judges Choice. $500 Award to Audience Choice.

They are both open to the public; tickets to attend are $10 or $15 for both.


 

CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE

ADJUDICATORS

CHARLOTTE BOYE-CHRISTENSEN a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, lived a number of her childhood years in the Middle East, as well as in the Netherlands. She received her formal training at London Contemporary Dance School and at the Laban Centre in London (where she won the annual choreography award) and completed her MFA Degree at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.  Charlotte has been commissioned to create new works for: Ballet West, Milwaukee Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, The Arts Fissions Dance Company, Ballet de Camaguey in Cuba, Danish Dance Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts’ Second Avenue Dance Company in NYC, London Contemporary Dance School’s Edge Dance Company, Compañía Danza Contemporánea Ccu in Mexico and Verb Ballets in Cleveland.  In 2002 she joined Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, located in Salt Lake City, Utah to assist in the artistic direction of the company. She became the Artistic Director in 2008 and has created 26 new works on the company. In 2013 she stepped away from that position to form NOW-ID (www.now-id.com), an interdisciplinary site-specific contemporary performance company.   She has choreographed at the Universities of Texas-Austin, TCU, Princeton, Rutgers, Utah, Southern Mississippi, at The National School for Contemporary Dance in Denmark, The Kuopio and Oulu Conservatories in Finland, Arnheim Academy and European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands, The Royal Danish Ballet School, University of the Americas in Mexico, and at the Bellas Artes International Choreography Competition in Mexico City. This last year she was commissioned by Tisch in NYC, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver,  Wichita State University, WildWind Performance Lab in Texas, University of Utah’s Ballet Department and Baton Rouge Ballet to create new work and to teach. She also, representing NOW-ID, collaborated with The Figura Music Ensemble in Copenhagen on a site-specific project at the Marienlyst Castle in Helsingor. This year she did residencies in Miami, Richmond, Singapore and  Mexico.  She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and grants from the Theatre and Arts Councils in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Singapore, a grant from the Toyota Foundation and three from the Augustinus Foundation in Denmark amongst others, as well as a recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreographic Excellence and locally in Utah – six “Artys” for “Best choreography”.

 

JOHN CORSA is director and co-founder of Dance Corsa, a dance film company and dance education workshop program.  At the age of 16 John co-founded the New Vista Dance Company and began his choreographic endeavors. After studying at the University of the Arts, John toured extensively within 30 countries and 5 continents.  He toured with Momix, Diavolo, Parsons Dance and  then as principle role (Tony) in Twyla Tharp’s musical Movin’ Out.  He performed  in industrial events for Intel, Honda, Kholer, On Stage, and Television.  He has assisted in choreography for Botanica and Lunar Sea (Momix), Parsons Dance presents Remember Me, an evening length collaboration with the East Village Opera Company (PBS) and Atom (Diavolo). John has choreographed and taught dance internationally for Penn State, Lehigh University, University of Florida, University of Utah, BYU, UVU, UCLA, CSU, UC San Diego, Clay Center, WVA Center for the Performing Arts, College of St. Benedict and Ladek Zdroj Dance Festival.  John is currently choreographing and teaching for dance companies and university dance programs internationally.  His choreography has been seen in festivals in the USA, Italy, and Poland.

GREG SAMPLE has been honored with two consecutive grand prize and paid engagement awards in the McCallum Theatre’s international choreographic competition. Other credits include works for Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet Arkansas, Eclipse, Mark Joseph Creative, Festival de Danse Encore, Cirque du Soleil’s Choreographic Showcase, the Venetian, American Heart Association, California Ballet, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, USA Gymnastics acro pair (world gold medal), San Diego Dance Theatre, StealFocus Productions, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, Youth American Grand Prix, Nevada Dance Project, the Inhabitants Reef Project, UNLV, Hubbard Street workshop and Cedar Lake Ensemble II. Greg also worked on So You Think You Can Dance. He has been a featured dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil, America’s Got Talent Live, Phantom of the Opera, StealFocus Productions, Le Ombre, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Festival de Danse Encore, Lightwire Theater and has guested with numerous dance companies. Greg has made principal appearances on Oprah, Celine’s CBS Special, A&E Biography, the World Music Awards, the Jerry Lewis Telethon and Anderson Cooper’s CNN New Years Eve Special. 

LINDA C. SMITH is a native of Utah; she began her career in dance at the age of three with Virginia Tanner’s Children’s Dance Theatre. In 1966 she became a founding member of Repertory Dance Theatre where she fulfilled her dream of becoming a performer, teacher, choreographer, writer, producer and eventually, in 1983, the Artistic Director for the company. Evidence of her commitment to dance preservation is seen in RDT’s collection of historic dance re-constructions that includes choreography by 100 of America’s most revered choreographers. Linda has dedicated her life to finding ways to make the arts relevant and to communicating the value of dance in the life of a community. Her pursuits have led to the development of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, to the establishment of the RDT Community School, to providing commissions for established and emerging choreographers, and to the creation of multi-disciplinary activities that focus attention on the environment, social issues, multi-ethnic history, sustainability and community. Linda’s performing experience spans over 90 works. She has taught in over 1000 schools bringing the magic of dance to students and teachers with her unique demonstrations, lectures, classes and professional development workshops. She is most at home encouraging audiences of all ages to imagine, create and communicate with the language of movement. Linda is a graduate and an Adjunct Associate Professor of dance at the University of Utah and is a certified Movement Specialist in the Utah Artists-in-Education Program. She has received numerous honors including “Honors in the Arts” awards from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the “Outstanding Achievement Award in Art” from the YWCA, “Community Builders” Award from Utah Women’s Alliance for Building Community, and recognition by Utah Business Magazine as “A Woman to watch.Watch, one of 30 Utah Visionaries.”  

DEADLINE PASSED CHOREOGRAPHY SUBMISSIONS NO LONGER ACCEPTED
PLEASE APPLY IN 2017!

Call for Modern Choreographers & Dancers

The Red Rock dance Festivals hosts the 9th annual Contemporary Dance Concert which will be held June 17, 2016 at the Tuachan Hafen indoor theater. The CDC offers choreographers an opportunity to showcase up to 10 minutes of work on a professional stage including an experienced lighting designer and production staff.

Cost: $40 per submission (does not apply to Washington County residents)

Choreographers

Dance pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes. Movement should be original and nontraditional. Works submitted are subject to a selection process and should represent the highest quality. Choreographers are responsible for their own rehearsal space and arranging their own costumes. Choreographers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below.

Dancers

Dancers should be age 16 or older, have modern dance experience, and most importantly, be reliable and efficient. Dancers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below as well as any rehearsal times set by the individual choreographers.

Mandatory Rehearsals and Performances

Date Time Location
Friday, May 20  by 5pm Submission Application Form Deadline for Choreographers
Saturday, June 4th 8-10 AM Concert selection process held at The Electric Theater (or video submissions also considered)
Wednesday, June 15th 2-10PM Tech Rehearsal, Hafen Theater Tuacahn
Friday, June 17th 11:30 AM Call Time 12:00pm Dress Rehearsal, Hafen Theater Tuacahn
Friday, June 17th 6 PM Call Time 7:30pm Performance and Judging, Hafen Theater Tuacahn

Each choreographer will receive a lighting/tech time which will be assigned. You may request a time on the application form but there is no guarantee you will receive your first choice. All involved will be asked to sign an injury waiver.

If you would like to participate either as a choreographer, dancer or teach a class or workshop, please contact concert coordinator Summer Robertson (435) 773-1221 stgeorgedance [at] gmail.com for a submission list.

Sponsors: Recreation, Art and Parks (RAP Tax), The Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, The City of St. George, Utah State Arts and Museums, The National Endowment for the Arts and the St. George Dance Co.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Professional Training Program Schedule: 16yr- Adult

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

9:30-11:00 Modern Technique, Lauren Curley & Efren Corado Garcia

11:00-12:30 Improvisation/Composition, Tyler Orcutt & Lacie Norton Scott

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 Jazz, Ursula Perry

3:30-5:00 Repertory, Justin Bass & Dan Higgins

5:00-7:00 Dinner Break

7:30 Attend Tarazan at Tuacahn (ticket price additional cost)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

8:00am-9:00 Ariel Silk, Summer Davies, Hafen Theater

9:30-11:00 Modern Technique, Megan Brunsvold

11:00-12:30 Dance Conditioning, Kate Monson & Amy Markgraf Jacobson

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:30-3:30 Improvisation Comp, John Corsa

3:30-5:00 Repertory, Justin Bass & Dan Higgins

5:00-5:30 Break

5:30-7:00 Ballet

7:30 Repertory Dance Theater Performance, Hafen Theater

Friday, June 17, 2016

9:30-11:00 Modern Technique, Jaclyn Brown & Ursula Perry

11:00-12:30 Repertory, Justin Bass & Dan Higgins

12:00 First Round, Choreography Showcase, Hafen Theater

2:00-3:30 Partnering, Tyler Orcutt & Lacie Norton Scott

3:30-5:00 Improvisation/Composition, Lauren Curley & Efren Corado Garcia

5:00-7:00 Dinner Break

7:30 Finalist Choreography Showcase, Hafen Theater

Junior Red Rock Dance Festival
Intermediate Intensive

Wed, June 15- Fri, June 17 (1-5:45pm)

Ages 12-16yrs  $100
Any Intermediate and Advanced dancers ages 12-16 who want to work on technique and build their dance resume should attend this festival. This intensive is full of all styles of dance including: Ballet, Modern, Composition, Jazz, and Hip-hop. Some of the teacher joining us include: Former Broadway Lead in “Movin Out” and member of MOMA John Corsa,  Former Principal dancer with Ballet West Linda Gudmundsen and current member of RDT. Dancers will be  learning a dance to perform on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm in Tuacahn’s Hafen Theater.  There will be a tech rehearsal before the show with dinner and transportation provided. Dancers are required to wear black dance attire and bring all appropriate dance shoes they own. This program is coordinated by Mrs. Corbett – lcorbett@vistautah.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
1:00-2:00 Ballet, Linda Wilson
2:00-3:00 Composition, Lexie Corbett
3:00-3:15 Snack Break
3:15-5:15 Modern/Repertory, John Corsa

Thursday, June 16, 2016
1:00-2:00 Ballet, Lexie Corbett
2:00-3:00 Composition, Lexie Corbett
3:00-3:15 Snack Break
3:15-5:30 Repertory, Lauren Curley & Lacie Norton Scott

Friday, June 16, 2016
1:00-2:00 Ballet, Linda Wilson
2:00-3:00 Composition, Lexie Corbett
3:00-3:15 Snack Break
3:15-4:15 Jazz, Ursla Perry
4:15-5:15 Hip Hop, Jacklyn Brown

Junior Red Rock Dance Festival
Beginning Intensive

Wed, June 15- Fri, June 17 (3-5pm)

Ages 8-12yrs  $50

This intensive is for dancers ages 8-12 that want to work on Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Tumbling. Dancers will be  learning a dance to perform on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm in Tuacahn’s Hafen Theater. There will be a tech rehearsal before the show with dinner and transportation provided. Dancers are required to wear black dance attire and bring all appropriate dance shoes they own. This program is coordinated by Mrs. Corbett – lcorbett@vistautah.com

 


Red Rock Dance Festival Faculty

JUSTIN BASSRepertory – Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th at 3:30-5:00, Friday 17th at 11:00

Justin Bass is from East Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University and majored in Dance Education in 2009. In 2011 he transferred to SUNY Brockport and graduated this spring with his BFA in Dance where he studied with a former RDT alumnus, William (Bill) Evans. During his time at SUNY Brockport he was a touring and performing intern with Garth Fagan Dance, performing at renowned stages including The Joyce Theater. Justin is a versatile performer with a technical background in “Cecchetti ballet” and has studied a variety of modern dance techniques including those of Paul Taylor, May O’Donnell, Contemporary Modern Release, hip-hop and Jazz, (Fosse, Luigi and Broadway Jazz). Justin joined RDT in 2013.

 

SHAYLA BOTT – Ballet Technique – Thursday, June 16th 5:30pm-7:00pm

Shayla Bott is an assistant professor in the dance department at Brigham Young University. Her work entitled “Apart” was selected for performance at the gala concert at the American College Dance Festival hosted by Southern Utah University in March of 2013. Bott won first place and received top honors in choreography and performance for this piece.
Bott is a part of the Provo Sites Dancers group which performed at the Museum of Art in 2013 during the “Work to Do” exhibition, addressing gender politics in Utah. The following year, her piece “The So-Called Laws of Nature” was selected by an adjudicator to be performed at Regional Dance America—Pacific Region.

 

JACLYN (JACKIE) BROWN – Modern Technique – Friday, June 17th 9:30-11:00

(Junior Program Only: Hip Hop – Friday, June 17th 4:15-5:15)

Jackie Brown is originally from Roosevelt, Utah. She graduated Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance, under the direction of former RDT alum Angela Banchero-Kelleher. Upon graduating, she received both the Dean’s Choice Award and Award of Merit for the School of the Arts. Before finishing her college education, Jaclyn was honored to first perform for Repertory Dance Theatre as a guest artist in Susan Hadley’s “Commonplace” (2013). Throughout her time with RDT, Jaclyn has worked with many other nationally recognized artists, such as, Molissa Fenley, Zvi Gotheiner, and William (Bill) Evans. Jaclyn is thrilled to be in her second season with RDT, and would like to thank her husband, family, and friends for their unwavering support!

MEGAN BRUNSVOLD – Modern Technique – Thursday, June 16th 9:30-11:00

Megan Brunsvold is a dance and theater artist formerly based in New York City, she has been performing, choreographing, and teaching throughout the country for the past 17 years. Originally from North Dakota, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah, and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington. Throughout her career Megan has had the pleasure of collaborating with exceptional artists in concert dance, theater, and opera. Some career highlights include performing works by some of the great choreographers of the last century with a repertory company in Seattle, and dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She has taught at the University of Washington, Hunter College, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Summerstages Dance Festival, daCi USA, and Ririe-Woodbuy’s Teacher Workshop. Her work has been presented in New York, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, and Utah.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University.

 

EFREN CORADO GARCIA – Modern Technique – Wednesday, June 15th 9:30-11:00 & Improvisation/Composition Friday, June 17th 3:30-5:00

Efren Corado Garcia is a native of Guatemala, Efren attended Chapman University, a private liberal arts college where he received his BFA and later received his MFA from the University of Utah. Efren is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMLA). Efren was a founding company member of Bare Dance Company (artistic director Mike Esperanza) and danced with the company from 2005-2010. From 2006-2008 he was a member of Gallimaufry and Green Dance Company with artistic director Sean Green. Efren is recipient of numerous awards for his performance, choreography, and media work, in addition to grants for the development of creative dance projects. Most recently, Efren was a guest dancer for RDT during the 2012-2013 season, soon after becoming a full-time company member. He also competed as a choreographer in Charette 2013.

 

JOHN CORSA – Improvisation/Composition – Thursday, June 16th 2:30-3:30

(Junior Program Only:  Wednesday, June 15th Modern/Repertory 3:15-5:15)

John Corsa is director and co-founder of Dance Corsa, a dance film company and dance education workshop program.  At the age of 16 John co-founded the New Vista Dance Company and began his choreographic endeavors. After studying at the University of the Arts, John toured extensively within 30 countries and 5 continents.  He toured with Momix, Diavolo, Parsons Dance and  then as principle role (Tony) in Twyla Tharp’s musical Movin’ Out.  He performed  in industrial events for Intel, Honda, Kholer, On Stage, and Television.  He has assisted in choreography for Botanica and Lunar Sea (Momix), Parsons Dance presents Remember Me, an evening length collaboration with the East Village Opera Company (PBS) and Atom (Diavolo). John has choreographed and taught dance internationally for Penn State, Lehigh University, University of Florida, University of Utah, BYU, UVU, UCLA, CSU, UC San Diego, Clay Center, WVA Center for the Performing Arts, College of St. Benedict and Ladek Zdroj Dance Festival.  John is currently choreographing and teaching for dance companies and university dance programs internationally.  His choreography has been seen in festivals in the USA, Italy, and Poland.

 

LEXIE KAY CORBETT – Director and Faculty of Junior Red Rock Dance Festival Program

Lexie Kay Corbett has been the Dance Director at Vista School of Performing Arts and Technology in Ivins, Utah for the past five years. Lexie earned her B.S. in Dance Education at Southern Utah University with an endorsement in K-12 education. In her dance education Lexie has had the opportunity to be mentored by many great dance educators including: Bill Evans, Susan Hadley, Joanie Smith, Kay Cummings, Alvin Ailey Dance Company members, the faculty at LaGuardia High School in New York, Las Vegas Academy, and Universities all over Utah.  In her performing career, Lexie has performed across America and Europe and has had the opportunity to perform with members of Repertory Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, God’s Messenger’s Dance Company, UVU’s Synergy Dance Company, SUU’s Orchesis Dance Company and is currently a member of St. George Dance Company. Lexie was Region winner for Dance Sterling Scholar, 1st Place winner of the High School Shakespearean Competition, receiver of the Lauretta Perry Scholarship at SUU, and her choreography consistently wins 1st place at the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival.

LAUREN CURLEY – Modern Technique – Wednesday, June 15th 9:30-11:00 & Improvisation/Composition Friday, June 17th 3:30-5:00

(Junior Program Only: Repertory – Thursday, June 16th 3:15-5:30)

Lauren Curley began her training at Walker’s Dance in Lowell, Massachusetts at the age of four. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier and was offered a contract with Repertory Dance Theatre the day after graduation. While at Hartt Lauren performed numerous soloist roles including Jose Limon’s ‘Primavera’ from “Dances for Isadora” and the female solo from “Psalm” under direction of Nina Watt. In addition she has studied at the Limon, Taylor, and Graham schools and Henny Juriens Stichting in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lauren has taught extensively throughout the New England area and is very excited to continue teaching through RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway as well. She is thrilled to be a part of Repertory Dance Theatre and so thankful for all of the support from her family and friends!

 

SUMMER DAVIES – Ariel Silk – Wednesday, June 15th 7:00-8:30pm

Summer Davies is the Founder of Vertical Art Dance™ Co., an Aerial Arts program developer & retail provider. Vertical Art Dance™ also specializes in Remote Aerial Performances which inspires its viewers. Summer has successfully completed both level 1 & level 2 aerial yoga teacher trainings in Boulder Colorado with Aircat Aerial Yoga and holds a certificate in dance she earned from IDA Hollywood Contemporary School of Dance. She also has completed 120 hrs of remote and urban rigging training. – Aerial arts studio owner (2014 moved from CA to UT) – Aerial yoga, fabric & fitness instructor/performer – Remote performance designer, choreographer and performer – Product and systems R&D for Sterling Rope Company.

 

DAN HIGGINS – Repertory – Wednesday, June 15th & Thursday 16th at 3:30-5:00, Friday 17th at 11:00

Dan Higgins is a Bay Area native where he grew playing organized sports, particularly football (12 yrs.), the physicality and athleticism directly translated into his love of dance. Some of Dan’s favorite styles of dance are modern/contemporary, hip-hop, and folk dance. Dan received his training from the University of Wyoming, obtaining his B.F.A. in Dance Performance. He is currently in his first year dancing with Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, and continues to craft his own future work with the art of dance. Dan also hopes to open his own restaurant in good time.

 

TYLER ORCUTT – Improvisation/Composition – Wednesday, June 15th 11:00-12:30 & Partnering –  Friday, June 17th 2:00-3:30

Tyler Orcutt was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He started ballroom dancing as a kid, and later made the transition into ballet and modern. He holds a BFA in modern dance from the University of South Florida. He has had the privilege of working with and performing in the repertoire of choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. Tyler joined Repertory Dance Theatre in 2012 and is excited for what the future holds.

 

AMY MARKGRAF JACOBSON – Dance Conditioning – Thursday, June 16th 11:00-12:30

Amy Markgraf Jacobson is an Associate Professor at Utah Valley University.  Amy began dancing with Brigham Young University’s Children’s Creative Dance Program. She is a performer, teacher, and choreographer. Her choreography has been honored at numerous Dance Festivals and has been commissioned and toured throughout much of the world. Amy is a member of Dance and the Child International USA where she is a board member at large.  She holds a B.S. Utah State University, MA Brigham Young University, and MFA University of Utah.  Amy is the Modern Dance / Dance Education Program Coordinator at UVU and co-artistic director of Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

KATE MONSON Dance Conditioning – Thursday, June 16th 11:00-12:30

Kate Monson holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University (’99) where she studied under nationally and internationally known dancers such as Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor and Susan Hadley. She also holds a BA in dance from Brigham Young University (’96). She is certified to teach Labanotation and has reconstructed works from score by Lester Horton, Bebe Miller, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, and others. Kate is co-producer of the On Sites: Mobile Dance Series, which presents works by established and up-and-coming choreographers in non-traditional spaces around Utah Valley. She is currently dance faculty at BYU and is writing a book about dance conditioning which includes a conditioning program specific to modern dancers that she co-created with Amy Markgraf Jacobson (Associate Professor, Utah Valley University.)

 

URSULA PERRY Jazz – Wednesday, June 15th 2:00-3:30 & Modern Technique – Friday, June 17th 9:30-11:00

(Junior Program Only: Jazz – Friday, June 17th 3:15-4:15)

Ursula Perry was born in Houston, Texas where she began her training at the Houston Ballet Academy. Since then she has studied under various schools including those at the Boston Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and the Edge Performing Arts Center. She then made the journey to Utah and attended the University of Utah’s Ballet Department. Since graduation, she has performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Prism Dance Theatre, and River North. Since her return to Salt Lake she is proud to have performed with RawMoves, Movement Forum, and Influx Dance. This is Ursula’s third season with RDT.

 

LACIE SCOTT – Improvisation/Composition – Wednesday, June 15th 11:00-12:30 & Partnering – Friday, June 17th 2:00-3:30

(Junior Program Only: Repertory – Thursday, June 16th 3:15-5:30)

Lacie Scott was raised on a farm in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She began her dance training at Cheryl’s School Of Dance at the age of 4. Lacie graduated from Brigham Young University April 2014 with a BA in Dance Performance. While there she performed, choreographed and worked administratively for BYU dancEnsemble. Lacie spent her summers attending summer workshops throughout Utah and Southern California with Ririe-Woodbury, Repertory Dance Theatre, Backhause Dance, and many other community classes. Lacie studied with the Beijing Dance Academy, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Xi’an Physical Education University and Minzu University of China, learning, choreographing, and performing. Lacie was ecstatic to work with RDT for their presentation of Missa Brevis Fall 2013 and has loved working with the company ever since. This is her second season with RDT.

 

LINDA WILSON

(Junior Program Only: Ballet – Wednesday, June 15th & Friday, June 17th 1:00 – 2:00)

Linda Gudmundson Wilson was allowed to dance with Virginia Tanner at the age of 3. She continued to study all sorts of dance throughout the Salt Lake Valley from many other very notable teachers. She moved to El Paso,Texas where she luckily found her place with the very wonderful Ingeborg Heuser and the UTEP Civic Ballet. She spent all of her high school years focusing on ballet technique and performance. Miss Heuser warned her she would want to teach someday. She returned to SLC to join Ballet West under the direction of Willam Christiansen and later under Bruce Marks. After rising to the rank of soloist she decided to head east. She went on a short stop-over to Minneapolis (mid-west) where she remained until she retired from the stage. There she was a principle dancer with Loyce Houlton’s The Minnesota Dance Theatre and Myron Johnson’s Ballet of the Dolls. Thanks to her husband Deward for pushing her to the dance scene in St. George, Utah. It’s happening!

Call 435-773-1221 with questions about the Red Rock Dance Festival.


 

History

2015

St George Dance Comapny Community Concert 2015CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE

Call for Modern Choreographers & Dancers

The 8th annual Contemporary Dance Concert will be held June 13th at the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie State University Campus.

The CDC offers choreographers an opportunity to showcase up to 10 minutes of work on a professional stage with an extensive technical capacity, including an experienced lighting designer and production staff.

Cost: $20 per submission (does not apply to Washington County residents)

Choreographers

Dance pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes and have no more than 8 dancers. Movement should be original and nontraditional. Works submitted are subject to a selection process and should represent the highest quality. Choreographers are responsible for their own rehearsal space and arranging their own costumes. Choreographers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below.

Dancers

Dancers should be age 16 or older, have modern dance experience, and most importantly, be reliable and efficient. Dancers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below as well as any rehearsal times set by the individual choreographers.



Mandatory Rehearsals and Performances

DateTimeLocation
Friday, May 1stEmail by 5pmSubmission Deadline for Choreographers
Saturday, May 23rd8-10 AMConcert selection process, The Fix (video submissions also considered)
Thursday, June 11th5-10PMTech Rehearsal, DSU Cox Auditorium
Friday, June 12th6 PM Call Time7:30 Dress Rehearsal, DSU Cox Auditorium
Saturday, June 13th12:30 & 6 PM Call Time 2pm & 7:30pm Performance, DSU Cox Auditorium

Each choreographer will receive a lighting/tech time which will be assigned May 23rd.  All involved will be asked to sign an injury waiver.
If you would like to participate either as a choreographer or as a dancer, please contact concert coordinator Summer Robertson (435) 773-1221 stgeorgedance [at] gmail.com for a submission list.
Sponsored by:

The Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, The City of St. George, Utah State Arts and Museums, The National Endowment for the Arts and the St. George Dance Co.

2014

Dixie State University Community Education will host the seventh annual Contemporary Dance Concert at the Cox Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, at 7:30 p.m.

The Contemporary Dance Concert will showcase choreographers and dancers from the southwest. Summer Belnap Robertson, artistic director for the St. George Dance Company and the coordinator for the concert stated, “The purpose of the concert is to foster stability and unity in our local dance community bringing together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for contemporary movement and to provide a venue for these dancers to perform.”

This year we are happy to share the stage with St. George Dance Company, Gods Messengers, Westside Studio’s Pro Street and special guests the Mojalet Dance Company from San Diego.

Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and available at dsutix.com

For more information visit call 435-773-1221.

Call for Modern Choreographers & Dancers

The 7th annual Contemporary Dance Concert will be held June 13th and 14th at the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie State University Campus. The purpose of the concert is to bring together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for modern movement and expand the awareness of modern dance in Southern Utah.



Choreographers

Dance pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes and have no more than 8 dancers. Movement should be original and nontraditional. Works submitted are subject to a selection process and should represent the highest quality the school or studio produces. Choreographers are responsible for finding their own rehearsal space and arranging their own costumes. Choreographers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below.



Dancers

Dancers should be age 16 or older, have modern dance experience, and most importantly, be reliable and efficient. Dancers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below as well as any rehearsal times set by the individual choreographers.



Mandatory Rehearsals and Performances
Date Time Location
Thursday, May 1st Email by 5pm Submission Deadline for Choreographers
Saturday, May 31st 8-10 AM Concert selection process, DSU NIB 126
Thursday, June 12th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Dress Rehearsal, DSU Cox Auditorium
Friday, June 13th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Performance, DSU Cox Auditorium
Saturday, June 14th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Performance, DSU Cox Auditorium

Each choreographer will receive a lighting/tech time which will be assigned May 31st.

All involved will be asked to sign an injury waiver. If you would like to participate either as a choreographer or as a dancer, please contact concert coordinator Summer Robertson (435) 773-1221 stgeorgedance [at] gmail.com or for more information call Community Education (435) 652-7675. Sponsored by:

Dixie State College Community Education, The City of St. George, Utah State Arts and Museums and the St. George Dance Co.

2013

Dixie State University Community Education will host the sixth annual Contemporary Dance Concert at the Eccles Main Stage Theater on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, at 7:30 p.m. In the past, this innovative evening of modern dance has been held at the Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale near the entrance to Zion National Park. This year, the venue is being moved to St. George, primarily due its increase in popularity by both audience members and participants alike.

The Contemporary Dance Concert will showcase 11 choreographers and 45 dancers from the southwest. Summer Belnap Robertson, artistic director for the St. George Dance Company and the coordinator for the concert stated, “The purpose of the concert is to foster stability and unity in our local dance community bringing together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for contemporary movement and to provide a venue for these dancers to perform.”

The choreographers come from a range of backgrounds, and this is evident in their works. Denise Purvis, a dance faculty member from Southern Utah University will present a duet to musical story teller Nina Simone’s three songs “Ne Me Quitte Pas, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, and You’ve Got to Learn.

Katherine Call, an adjunct dance faculty member at Dixie State University created a piece on colleague Jennie Jones entitled “Darlene” which is a portrait essay in movement. It is accompanied with narration of the choreographer’s journal entries from her LDS mission in Oklahoma.

Other choreographers participating include Michelle Brown, Chauntelle Lewis, Anna Lloyd, Shay Myers, Summer Robertson, Micadyn Sanders, Amber Shakespeare, Rebekah Wainright and Lacey Wallis.

The Main Stage Theater is located on the Dixie State University Campus in the Dolores Eccles Fine Arts Center at 225 South 700 East St. George. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at dixiestatetickets.com, by phone at 435-652-7800 or in person the night of the concert. For more information, contact Community Education 435-652-7675 or Summer Robertson 435-773-1221.


Call for Modern Choreographers & Dancers

The 6th annual Contemporary Dance Concert will be held June 14th and 15th at the Eccles Main Stage Theater on the Dixie State University Campus. The purpose of the concert is to bring together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for modern movement and expand the awareness of modern dance in Southern Utah. This eclectic evening of modern dance showcases choreographers and dancers that are unique, innovative and take risks in their artistic expression.

Choreographers

Dance pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes and have no more than 8 dancers. Movement should be original and nontraditional. Works submitted are subject to a selection process and should represent the highest quality the school or studio produces. Choreographers are responsible for finding their own rehearsal space and arranging their own costumes. Choreographers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below.

Dancers

Dancers should be age 16 or older, have modern dance experience, and most importantly, be reliable and efficient. Dancers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below as well as any rehearsal times set by the individual choreographers. Thursday, April 16th an audition for dancers will take place at 7pm at the St. George Arts Center all choreographers may select dancers to work with.

Mandatory Rehearsals and Performances

Date Time Location
Saturday, June 1st 8 – 10 AM Concert Run Through, Pine View High School
Thursday, June 13th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Dress Rehearsal, DSU Main Stage Theater
Friday, June 14th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Performance, DSU Main Stage Theater
Saturday, June 15th 6 PM Call Time 7:30 Performance, DSU Main Stage Theater

Each choreographer will receive a lighting/tech time which will be assigned at the concert run through June 1st. All involved will be asked to sign an injury waiver. If you would like to participate either as a choreographer or as a dancer, please contact concert coordinator Summer Robertson (435) 773-1221 stgeorgedance [at] gmail.com or for more information call Community Education (435) 652-7675.

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Sponsored by:

Dixie State College Community Education, The City of St. George, Utah State Arts and Museums and the St. George Dance Co.

2012

Call for Modern

Choreographers & Dancers

The 5th annual St. George Contemporary Dance Concert will be held June 29th and 30th at the Desert Hills High School Auditorium. Hosted by the St. George Dance Co. the purpose of the concert is to bring together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for modern movement and expand the awareness of modern dance in Southern Utah. This eclectic evening of modern dance showcases choreographers and dancers that are unique, innovative and take risks in their artistic expression. Choreographers

Dance pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes and have no more than 8 dancers. Movement should be original and nontraditional. Works submitted are subject to a selection process and should represent the highest quality the school or studio produces. Choreographers are responsible for finding their own rehearsal space and arranging their own costumes. Choreographers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below.

Dancers

Dancers should be age 16 or older, have modern dance experience, and most importantly, be reliable and efficient. An audition process may be necessary. Dancers must be able to commit to the mandatory participation dates below as well as any rehearsal times set by the individual choreographers.

Mandatory Rehearsals and Performances

Date Time Location
Saturday, June 9th 8 – 10 AM Concert Run Through, Pine View High School
Thursday, June 28th 6 PM Call Time 7:00 Dress Rehearsal, Desert Hills High School
Friday, June 29th 6 PM Call Time 7:00 Performance, Desert Hills High School
Saturday, June 30th 6 PM Call Time 7:00 Performance, Desert Hills High School

Due to the expense of renting the facility choreographers and dancers maybe subject to pay a small fee or will be held responsible for some tickets sells. (Details will be sent separately by financial committee members Michelle Brown and Courtney Pearce). Each choreographer will receive a lighting/tech time which will be assigned at the concert run-through June 9th. All involved will be asked to sign an injury waiver. If you would like to participate either as a choreographer or as a dancer, please contact coordinator Summer Robertson for more information. 435-773-1221.

*Please note the St. George Dance Co. will perform a separate heritage themed concert at the Tanner Amphitheater this June. However the community concert open to all choreographers and dancers that has been at the Tanner in the past will be held a Desert Hills High School this year.

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