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Our Commitment

Arts in Education

Repertory Dance Theatre uses dance as a way to help people become more connected, compassionate, aware, inspired, original, focused, courageous, passionate, and human. 

Since its founding in 1966, RDT’s commitment to Arts-in-Education has created award-winning activities: Performances, Lecture Demonstrations, Workshops, Classes, and Mentoring opportunities that inspire tens of thousands of students and teachers each year. Curriculum material relating to history, music, art, and the environment help students make stimulating and valuable connections, enabling them to appreciate and understand the world.

Art Connection: Moving in Education

RDT's Arts-in-Education Goals 

  • To provide alternative ways of learning in order to achieve basic educational objectives such as concentrating, creative problem solving, planning, visualizing, and conceptualizing.
  • To develop skills and insights needed for emotional maturity and social effectiveness – sharing, cooperating, integrating and interacting.
  • To develop an individual’s physical and mental discipline at all levels of ability.
  • To open participants’ minds and imaginations by developing tools of communication.
  • To develop feelings of self-worth, confidence, and achievement by giving students and teachers opportunities to explore movement, the art of improvisation, and the creative process.
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of American Modern Dance.
  • To deepen the understanding of the relationship between life and art.
  • To develop Life Skills by encouraging good citizenship, by helping students be responsible and to understand their relationship to the other members of their group, family, class, or community.



  • 149 Schools Served
  • 1476 Service hours
  • 2,532 Teachers
  • 40,228 students

Utah POPS 

Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS)

Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS), managed by the Utah State Board of Education and sponsored by the Utah State Legislature, supports arts education in Utah’s public schools by bringing professional arts organizations’ educational programs to schools for free or subsidized costs. The goal is to connect schools, teachers, administrators and students with high quality arts learning experiences with professional artists. POPS supports the state’s core arts standards by providing arts education opportunities to all Utah schools.

Fifteen POPS organizations are available to provide lecture demonstrations or assemblies, arts instruction in the classroom, teacher professional development workshops, concerts, and performances in dance, media arts, theatre, music and visual art to your school.

Matching funds raised in our community give RDT the opportunity to offer schools the artistic programs they need and deserve. Learn more about how you can support Arts-In-The-Schools by calling RDT at (801) 534-1000.

Directory of POPS organizations and other contacts

RDT POPS Reports

POPS report 2022-2023

POPS report 2021-2022

POPS report 2020-2021

POPS report 2019-2020

POPS report 2018-2019


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!