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TIME CAPSULE: A Century of Dance Utah's Repertory Dance Theater

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), founded in 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a professional modern dance repertory company known worldwide for its collection of dance treasures. RDT is both a museum and contemporary gallery representing the scope and diversity of modern dance, past and present. From the early pioneers of the art form to today’s cutting edge choreographers, the company maintains one of the largest collections of modern dance classics in the world. As a repository for this rich heritage, RDT is a resource center and laboratory for contemporary dancers, choreographers, visual artists, writers and composers.

In addition to public performances, RDT produces a variety of community-based programs and has a long-standing commitment to arts-in-education. Outreach activities include lectures, informal performances, teachers’ workshops, open rehearsals, annual summer workshops and year-round classes which all serve to train and ignite the creative voice in people of all ages. At its home in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the company contributes to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the community.

Repertory Dance Theatre’s future, like its past, will be rich with community involvement and education as well as artistic growth, preservation and innovation. Striving to increase an awareness of the art of modern dance, the company continues to build partnerships and design programs that serve a variety of audiences. RDT remains committed to building bridges of understanding that de-mystify the art of dance, making it a meaningful part of our culture.

About the Dancers

About the Choreographers

LINDA C. SMITH is a native of Utah and began her dance career at the age of four with Virginia Tanner’s Children’s Dance Theatre. In 1966 she became a founding member of Repertory Dance Theatre where she fulfilled her dream becoming a performer, teacher, choreographer, writer, producer and in 1983, the Artistic Director for the company. 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 making the arts relevant and to communicating the value of dance in the community’s life. Her efforts have led to the development of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the establishment of the RDT Community School, commissions for established and emerging choreographers, and 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 and 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 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 the Honors in the Arts award (Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce), the Mayor’s Artist Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award in Art (YWCA), Community Builders Award (Utah Women’s Alliance for Building Community), the Outstanding Alumnus in Fine Arts Award 2004 (University of Utah), and one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch (Utah Business magazine).

NICHOLAS CENDESE was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He graduated from the University of Utah’s department of modern dance with a BFA in the spring of 2004. Nicholas danced with Children’s Dance Theater until graduation from high school, after which he received the Elizabeth R. Hayes dance scholarship. He was also chosen as the Outstanding Senior in the College of Fine Arts. He performed as a guest for RDT in the Olympic Arts Festival production of With My Red Fires. In 2004, Nicholas started RawMoves with the amazing Natosha Washington, which won a SLAMMY in 2005. He is thrilled to be teaching for Miss Margene’s Creative Classroom. This is his eighth year with RDT.

SARAH DONOHUE holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Sarah is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and integrates these studies into her teaching and choreography. She has served as a Lecturer of Dance at Utah Valley University and has co-presented at Utah Dance Education Organization and National Dance Education Organization conferences. In addition to teaching and choreographing for UVU, she mentored students in developing a Dance for Camera project, which was supported by a Center for Engaged Learning Grant. Sarah has danced with Sternworks, a dance-theatre company and has had the honor of performing Mary Wigman’s Hexentanz, which was reconstructed by Victoria Hutchinson. Sarah is thrilled to be in her first season dancing with Repertory Dance Theatre and continues to teach Prime Movement for the Repertory Dance Theatre Community School. Sarah is also the co-founder of My Turkey Sandwich an independent dance theatre company with current RDT dancer Aaron Wood.

ROSY GOODMAN began her dance training at age three and has studied with the Berkeley Ballet Theater, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and with ODC/SF. In 2006 she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department where she was honored to appear as a member of Performing Dance Company for four years. Rosy is now in her fourth year with Repertory Dance Theatre, is a founding member of RawMoves, and performs as a guest artist for SBDance, Stephen Koester, and for anyone who will have her! On her rare days off, Rosy enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and throwing the tennis ball for her beloved black lab. Rosy gratefully acknowledges all who have supported her over the years, giving special thanks to her brave and beautiful mother, Mary Ann McNeely.

M. COLLEEN HOELSCHER is native to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she began her dance training at the age of four. In 2006, she graduated cum laude with a BFA in modern dance as well as minors in business and art history from the University of Utah. She was the recipient of the University of Utah President's Club Scholarship, the Modern Dance Department Outstanding Service Award, and was president of the Orchesis Honor Society. She had the privilege of performing with Performing Dance Company as well as performing at the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, and in New York City for the American Dance Guild’s 50th Anniversary. In her spare time, Colleen works as a bookkeeper for Superior Home Care & Hospice, loves to develop her talent for archery and fencing, and spends vast amounts of time fixing everything that keeps breaking in her 125 year old house. She thanks her family, friends and husband Mickey for all their love and support.

CHARA HUCKINS-MALARET started dancing at the age of three with Virginia Tanner’s Children’s Dance Theater. She earned a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah where she was the recipient of the Elizabeth R. Hayes Scholarship, the Outstanding Student Award, the American Scholar Award, and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. She danced with the University’s Performing Dance Company for four years. Chara is a certified Movement Specialist in the Utah Artist-in-Education Program. She currently teaches and choreographs for the Children’s Dance Theatre and throughout the Utah School system. She joined the company in 1995 after performing as a guest with the company for two seasons.

TONI N. LUGO was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began dancing at the age of eight in Orlando, Florida. Her formal training began at Dance Etc. and continued at Showtime Children’s Dance Studio’s ProDance Company. Toni graduated from Dr. Phillips High School’s VPA Dance Magnet and was honored when she was invited back to work with their department this past Spring. Toni began her BFA track at The University of South Florida as a modern dance focus. She is looking forward to her third season with RDT.

CHRISTOPHER PEDDECORD was born and raised in California where he began his dance training with Extensions Performing Arts Academy and Antelope Valley Ballet. He went on to dance with Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy and the University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance. Christopher moved to Salt Lake City three years ago to enroll at the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet where he flourished as both dancer and choreographer and was invited to choreograph for Utah Ballet, the University of Utah’s resident company. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Choreographers Award at the 2008 Youth American Grand Prix. In addition to dancing for RDT, Christopher is also a freelance photographer with clients including the Salt Lake Tribune and the UCLA Bruins.

NATHAN SHAW received his BFA from the University of Utah, Department of Modern Dance in 2004. He has taught for the Virginia Tanner School of Creative Dance and often performs for SBDance and RawMoves Dance Company. Nathan has a passion for Musical Theatre and was the official dance coach for the 2008 Crested Butte Music Festival. He loves his two puppies, Emmett and Luce, and enjoys teaching and choreographing for local high schools, lifting weights, jogging and yoga. Highlights of his performing career include Renard choreographed by Charlotte Boye-Christensen for the Utah Symphony & Opera, and House of Timothy by Natosha Washington which won the Best Performance award at the American College Dance Festival. This is Nathan’s fourth year with RDT.

AARON WOOD began his formal dance training at age 18. Since then he has received an Associate of Arts in Dance Performance from Casper College, a BFA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming, and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. He has had the opportunity to work with teachers and choreographers such as Ellen Bromberg, Bill Evans, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Marsha Fay Knight, and Peter Pucci. Aaron has performed at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The White Wave Dance Festival, The American Dance Guild’s 50th Anniversary, The International Choreographer’s Showcase, and several American College Dance Festivals. This is Aaron’s fourth season dancing with RDT. When not on stage or in the studio, Aaron teaches for and co-directs Repertory Dance Theatre’s Community School. He would like to extend his appreciation to his Mom and Grandma Dell for their continued support.

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