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Friday, January 27, 2012

CHARETTE: RDT's Annual FUNdraiser & Choreographer Competition (SLC: FEB 11)

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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2012
Media Contact:
Stephanie Perkins
PR & Marketing Director
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Repertory Dance Theatre presents
February 11, 2012

RDT's Annual FUNdraiser & Choreographer Competition
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center: 138 West Broadway, SLC

Repertory Dance Theatre's signature event and FUNdraiser, Charette, returns to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on February 11, 2012 with a few new twists and turns!

Bring your Valentine to a night of "dynamic duos," delectable refreshments, racous bidding & bribing, and witty choreography hosted by KUED's Ken Verdoia. Audience members are invited to bribe the judges to vote for their favorite choreographer, bid on "collectibles" from RDT's circle of friends, and watch as five new dances are created in record time!

How Charette works:

  1. Audience goes immediately to the theatre for introductions to the choreographers and a short performance.
  2. Choreographer duos are given "secret ingredients" that they must use in each composition.
  3. RDT's 8 professional dancers and 30 gifted community dancers are divided between the choreographers then sent to one of the 5 studios to create their work.
  4. Charette guests (the audience) eat, drink, and merrily wander between the party and the studios where dance is being created. During this time guests are invited to "bribe" the judges to vote for their favorite choreographer with RDT Funny Money and bid on Silent Auction items - collectibles from RDT's circle of friends.
  5. After an hour everyone returns to the theatre to see the competition, vote for their favorite, and see who wins the title of RDT's "Iron Choreographer" for 2012!
  6. Keep reading for announcements of judges, choreographers, and more!

Important Pricing Info

Tickets can be purchased through ArtTix
www.arttix.org or 801-355-ARTS

Tickets $30*
Discounts & Specials:
Couples price $50*
*all tickets will go up $5 on the day of the show.

Click here for more information about Charette.

The Key Players

Choreographers, dancers, and judges gather on stage for the announcment of the Iron Choreographer in 2010.

Chris Vanocur
After earning many awards ranging from the George Foster Peabody Award to the Columbia University Dupont Silver Baton, this local journalist joins the presitigous panel of judges for the first time! An honor like no other!

Miss and Mr. Margene
Our "dynamic duo" of the panel - Miss Margene of Miss Margene's Creative Classroom and her husband, Kevin Conde, an extreme dance enthusiast.

Janet Gray
The local studio owner returns for her seventh year as our veteran panelist. Janet knows the ins and outs of Charette and isn't afraid to tell it like it is!

Peter Christie
Representing the ballet side of things, Peter has been a choreographer, a judge, and a patron of Charette for years! It shouldn't be hard to bribe Peter.

Audience member
New this year! An audience member will have the opportunity to buy his/her seat on the judging panel. 

'Dynamic Duo' Choreographers
Nathan & Suzie Balser
Nathan Balser is a former dancer of Repertory Dance Theatre and a current Assistant Professor of Dance at Wyoming Community College. His wife, Suzie starred in Mamma Mia in Las Vegas. 

Jacque Bell & Bart Poulson
Jacque returns for the fourth time, this time along with her husband and former RDT Board Member, Bart Poulson, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Quite a dynamic duo!

Melissa Anast & Stephanie Richards
Our duo from the East (of Utah)! Melissa, an Assistant Professor of Dance at the College of Eastern Utah, is joined by her friend and Adjunct in the Ballet department.

Nicholas Cendese & Natosha Washington
The co-directors of RawMoves join forces once again on the Charette stage. This dynamic duo never ceases to amaze.

Silent Auction Items
This year audience members will have the opportunity to bid on some fabulous "collectibles" from RDT's circle of friends! Everything from paintings to knick-knacks - these one-of-a-kind items cannot be missed!
Check our website soon for a complete list of items and a break-down of how the Silent Auction will work.

Visit our website for full biographies and silent auction items

Why a Fundraiser?
Charette is RDT's signature event and annual fund-raiser. By supporting Charette, you support RDT's dedicated mission to build community through the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of modern dance.

RDT designs entertaining and educational dance performances, community activity and school residencies (K-12, colleges and universities) in order to provoke socially relevant dialogue, celebrate a sense of place, history, stories, concepts, music and visual arts that provide a rich legacy of content to be explored and enjoyed by future generations. RDT’s focus in 2011 and 2012 continues our long-term commitment to dance preservation and a unique arts/environment project that uses the language of dance to empower youth and mobilize individuals to make a life long commitment to fitness and health.
Click here to learn more about supporting RDT.

RDT would like to thank the following contributors for their artistic, production, and general support of Charette: The Utah State Office of Education, Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation.
Sponsorships are still available. Please call Susan Sandack at 801-534-1000 if you are interested.

Repertory Dance Theatre
138 West 300 South | PO Box 510427
Salt Lake City, UT 84151-0427
801-534-1000 | fax 801-534-1110
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