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NEWS: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Receives a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Receives a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

June 3, 2011

David Hodges
Director of PR/Marketing
(801) 297-4213

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is the recipient of a $25,000 Access to Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This prestigious grant award will be used to support dance residency activities and performances at the Del E. Webb Center in Arizona and at the University of Southern Mississippi. The project will include lecture-demonstrations, creative movement classes, teacher workshops, open rehearsals, master classes, parent/child workshops, and performances.

Ririe-Woodbury has designed this project to engage communities in the experience of dance. The populations served will be on the community level (including special attention to under-served and disadvantages groups) as well as elementary, secondary, and college-level students, and pre-professional dancers.

Joan Woodbury, Co-founder and Managing Director explains:

“We at Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company are committed to furthering contemporary dance as an accessible and valued art form. This grant will enable us to take the dance education models we have successfully developed here in Utah to other parts of the country. It will help us extend our reach as ambassadors of our art form and as representatives of the cultural communities of Salt Lake City. It is appropriate that NEA support be used to take this programming to a national audience.”

About Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company:

Founded in 1964, Ririe-Woodbury is dedicated to advancing dance through performances and education. Ririe-Woodbury’s mission is accomplished through educational outreach programs, creation of new works, and touring. Ririe-Woodbury was voted “Best Local Dance Company” by City Weekly readers.

About the National Endowment for the Arts:

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.


© 2011 Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
phone: 801.297.4241 | fax: 801.297.4235
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