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50th anniversary summer Workshop series

Summer 2015 // Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

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    Work with incredible artists from around the country

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    Multiple options for busy lifestyles

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    Join RDT as we celebrate our 50th anniversary

An entire summer of master classes & workshops with incredible artists.

Repertory Dance Theatre is excited to announce our 50th Anniversary Summer Workshop Series. Throughout the summer, RDT will be offering master classes and full day workshops with incredible artists and teachers like Molissa Fenley, Bill Evans, Tiffany Rea Fisher, Claire Porter, and Nina Watt. Classes begin in May and run in various weeks throughout the summer.

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Week Long Workshops

Molissa Fenley

June 29-July 3 // 9:00-4:00
Full Workshop: $400 // Molissa Only: $250 // Meghan only: $150

9:00-1:00 // Technique & Repertory
Students will learn part of "Energizer" that Fenley is setting on the Company for the 2015-16 season.
2:00-4:00 // Composition with Meghan Durham Wall

Molissa Fenley (Choreographer and Performer) was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1954. She was six years old when her family moved to Ibadan, Nigeria where her father worked with USAID. She attended high school in Spain and then returned to the US to attend and graduate from Mills College in Oakland, California with a BA in Dance in 1975. She moved to New York City that year and formed Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977. In her 38-year career she has choreographed over 80 works.

Meghan Durham Wall is a dance artist, educator, and advocate. Meghan’s research agenda is centered upon the unexpected dancing body. Her creative work embeds interdisciplinary inquiry within dance choreography and performance, however the human body and experience remain at the foreground of her work.


Molissa Fenley

Bill Evans

July 20-24
Full Workshop: $400 // Bill only: $250 // RDT only: $150

9:00-1:00 // Bill Evans Dance technique - teaching & methodology
2:00-4:00 // Repertory with RDT

Participants will study Bartenieff Fundamentals and Evans’ Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique as well an interactive Pedagaogy Session. Evans will teach all sessions for workshop participants and RDT Company Dancers.

9:00-10:45 am // Bartenieff Fundamentals & Evans' Pedagogy and Technique
11:00-1:00 pm // Interactive Pedagogy Session

Bill Evans is a performer, teacher, choreographer, lecturer, administrator, movement analyst, writer, adjudicator and dance advocate with a uniquely varied and comprehensive background of experiences and accomplishments.

Bill Evans

One-Day Workshops

Bill Evans Tap Workshop

August 8
$20 per class
Beginning // 9-10 am
Intermediate // 10:15-11:15 am
Advanced // 11:30-12:30 pm

Evans will offer a one-day workshop in his unique style of rhythm tap.

Bill Evans has been a performer since childhood, making thousands of appearances with ballet, modern dance and tap companies and as a solo concert artist. He was selected as one of three favorite national tap dance artists (with Savion Glover and Brenda Bufalino) in the 2004 Dance Magazine Readers Choice Poll. 

Bill Evans

Claire Porter Community Workshop

August 15
1 PM - 4 PM

Moving/Learning explores ways to grasp science/language concepts by engaging physically with these concepts. Through movement, participants embody the nature of subjects such as water (ice to vapor), prepositions (under, over, through) and structures (growth and development, subtraction) while having fun and cooperating with one another. Typically we begin with action, then explore its space, deepen with dynamics, add relationship, then structure and share the results.

Claire Porter, known for her smart comedic work mixing language and movement, has performed Claire Porter / PORTABLES around the country and internationally. Porter’s work has highlighted special events and she was a Resident Artist at The Baryshnikov Art Center. Porter has taught Laban Movement Analysis and/or Choreography for numerous schools across the country. She teaches her Dancing Workout in Bergen County, New Jersey, and serves on the Board of DanceNJ. Porter has an M.A. in Dance from Ohio State, a B.A. in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, and is a Laban Movement Analyst.

Claire Porter

Master Classes

Jose Limon classes with Natalie Desch, and Angie Banchero-Kelleher

May 4-24 // 9:00-10:30 am
$15 / class or $60 / Week

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nina Watt will not be teaching class on her previously scheduled dates. Angie Banchero-Kelleher will be teaching in her place.

Nina Watt toured internationally with the Limón Dance Company from 1972-2001, serving as Artistic Associate from 1992-2006. Critically cited as "the perfect Limón dancer," "a dancer of genius" and "one of the most important modern dancers of her generation. She teaches technique and stages Limón repertory worldwide, and is currently Assistant Professor at The Hartt School. She holds a BA from State University of New York, Empire State College and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Integrated Movement Studies Program.

Natalie Desch, Juilliard BFA, performed with the Limón Dance Company (1996-2001) before joining Doug Varone and Dancers (2001-2012). She has taught at three Limón, and ten Varone summer workshops, the Bates Dance Festival (2003, 2010), the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (2009-2011), and was a faculty member at Hunter College in NYC (2005-2012). Natalie has staged the works of Varone, Limón, and Jiri Kylián on companies and universities, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the United States.

Angie is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. She has had a professional career spanning twenty years, including fifteen years with Repertory Dance Theatre. Her performance/teaching career has taken her to venues worldwide.

Nina Watt

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

TBA // 9:00-10:30 am
$15 / class or $60 / Week

The schedule has changed. Stay tuned for when Tiffany Rea-Fisher will be teaching class.

TIFFANY REA-FISHER (Associate Artistic Director & Director of Operations) is in her tenth year with the New York City based internationally acclaimed modern dance company Elisa Monte Dance and currently holds the positions of Associate Artistic Director and Director of Operations. Tiffany joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in such classic works as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered, and Volkmann Suite.

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Todd Allen

August 24-28 // 9:00-10:30 am
$15 / class or $60 / Week

Todd Allen (Dancer) a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, began dancing at age three with Virginia Tanner's Childrens' Dance Theater. He received a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University, and in 1993 joined Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he danced for six years. Todd received his M.F.A. in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Dean's Fellowship. He has performed with ZviDance, Andrea Haenggi/AmDAT, David Parker and the Bang Group, The Mark Morris Dance Group, David Gordon's Pick Up Performance Group, Keigwin+Company, Amos Pinhasi, Jeanette Stoner, Mark Dendy, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Chris Yon, Ben Munisteri, Heidi Latsky and The Radio City Rockettes. He has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at The University of Utah.Â

Todd Allen