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little kidsAbout RDT’s Arts-In-Education Programs

 As a form of communication shared by cultures across the ages and globe, dance remains a powerful medium to illuminate mutual and singular histories, aspirations, and experiences, and to explore the world around us. RDT’s nationally recognized and lauded AIE programs offers students and teachers across Utah much more than exercise or entertainment. RDT’s education programs increase critical thinking and nonverbal reasoning skills, develop the ability to communicate as part of a group, encourage groups to work collaboratively, improve individual kinesthetic and spatial learning, as well as intra- and interpersonal knowledge of self and others. 

Repertory Dance Theatre’s celebrated state-wide Arts-In-Education (AIE) programs are built upon a multi-component approach to dance education, offering a hybrid model that includes in-person events and digital/online programs which each school can tailor to its needs.

Our 2023-2024 programs for schools include: 

  • Master Classes and Creative Movement Classes (grades K-12): RDT is available to teach in person master classes or creative movement classes during the school day. All classes are designed for one classroom at a time (up to 35 students). The movement explorations are designed to help students build strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and awareness while developing an understanding of the elements of dance—Time, Space, Shape and Energy. Movement classes provide alternative ways to learn and achieve basic educational objectives while allowing all participants the freedom to explore their own physical and creative potential in a noncompetitive environment. Classes promote Life-long learning skills and help students discover ways to solve problems through teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration.

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  • Choreography and the Heritage Project (grades 7-12): RDT is available to teach in person choreography. RDT Dancers are skilled choreographers who serve Jr and Senior high school dance students by working creatively to develop choreography and expand performance skills through technique and composition classes. Individual choreography projects available and Heritage Projects for Middle Schools. The Heritage Project uses creative movement to engage Jr High/Middle School students in the exploration of personal histories, cultural experiences, and the tangible/intangibles of heritage.

  • Professional Development Workshop (1-2hrs): In-Service workshops (1-2 hours in length) offer teachers a better understanding of the Core Dance Standards, build their confidence level and help them acquire new skills to be successful in teaching the Dance Core in their classroom.

  • In-School Assembly (50 mins for entire school): A narrated performance by RDT’s professional dancers that focuses on the history of dance, the choreographic process, and the art of improvisation. The demonstration gives the audience insight into how to watch, appreciate and even create dances.

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  • Free Student Matinee Performances at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center: Curated student matinee performances combine performances with engaging narratives to introduce the human connection to dance. RDT performances feature professional dancers performing works created by national and internationally renowned choreographers in a professional setting.

If you would like to find out more about our School Programs, please contact us.

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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!