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RDT's Annual Choreographer Competition: Fundraiser & Gala

February 24, 2018 // Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


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    Check out the video

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      Enjoy delicious cocktails & hors d'evours from Utah Food Services.

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      Watch choreography in process. Choreographers get 4 hours to work.

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      Vote for your favorite choreographer to win a commission for next season.

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      Dance the night away to music from the Joe Muscolino Band.

    The clock is ticking, the dancers are sweating, the choreographers are frantically creating and the audience is partying. It must be RDT's annual REGALIA, a fundraiser that asks the audience to award a commission. The performance culminates with a lively shindig and dancing on stage to big band music by the Joe Muscolino Band. Not to be missed!

    VIP Tickets ($75)
    Arrive for cocktail party as early as 6:00 pm


    • Cocktail party with heavy hors d'oeuvres
    • Drinks included throughout the event
    • Special program honoring RDT patron Alice Steiner
    • Early sneak peek of choreography
    • Early access to auction items
    • Performance
    • Dessert on stage
    • Dancing on stage with The Joe Muscolino Band


    Performance Tickets ($50)
    Arrive to watch choreography in process as early as 7:00 pm


    • One signature cocktail (or beverage of choice)
    • Performance
    • Dessert on stage
    • Dancing on stage with The Joe Muscolino Band


    the Choreographers

    Congratulations to the following choreographers who will compete for an RDT commission in 2017-2018 season.

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      Marty Buhler

      Marty Buhler is a senior at the University of Utah in the School of Dance. He has had numerous choreographic experiences in the school as well as performing opportunities throughout the area. Buhler performed with Repertory Dance Theatre in 2016 in Jose Limon's "Missa Brevis" as well as in RDT's EMERGE concert in 2017. He has received multiple awards in dance filmmaking including the Perth Screendance Awards and the Utah Film Festival. His work was recently chosen to be showcased at the Northwest Region American College Dance Association Conference. 

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      Bryn Cohn

      Bryn Cohn, of New York City, is described as having "a brilliant mind...people want to see more" (The Dance Enthusiast). She founded and assumed the position of artistic director of Bryn Cohn + Artists in 2011.  She has been commissioned to create original works for Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective (formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), The Big Muddy Dance Company, among others. Cohn is on permanent faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and for the Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program where she teaches composition, improvisation and contemporary techniques.  She formerly directed the modern department at Greenwich Ballet Academy.  

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      Molly Heller

      Molly Heller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Dance in the Modern Program. She received her Masters from the School of Dance at the University of Utah in 2015, as well as her Bachelor's in 2009. She has taught across the country from San Francisco to New York City as well as Chicago & Vermont. She is the Co-Director of the Department's summer workshop, SALTDANCEFEST and has won numerous awards including the Thomas G. Stockham Medal for Conspicusously Effective Teaching and Scott Marsh Mentorship Award. She also owns and operates The Tea Grotto in Salt Lake City. 

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      LAJAMARTIN is a physical dance theater company founded by Laja Field and Martin Durov. Originally from SLC and Slovakia the two met dancing with Johannes Wieland at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany. In 2015, they became founding members of VIM VIGOR dance company NYC and are currently co-rehearsal directors and performers. LAJAMARTIN premiered their first work "Tatry" with DANCENOW in 2017 at Joe's Pub NYC and later in “Circulate” at Newcastle College, England. As invited guests, LM created "Lucy Part 1" for BRINE in SLC. They have taught at Gibney Dance Center NYC, University of Utah, BYU, Dancecity, England, Johannes Wieland Staatstheater Kassel, Contemporary Prostor Pro Tanec, Prague and the Conservatory in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

    How It works

    1. VIP Cocktail party

      Toast to RDT with a signature cocktail, wine or beer (or any beverage of your choice). Wander around the studios to watch choreographers work. View auction items and enter initial bids.

    2. Final Touches

      Place your final bids on auction items. Wander to studios to see choreographers put final touches on pieces.

    3. Performance

      Enter the theatre and watch all four pieces be performed. After seeing all four pieces, you will have a chance to vote with your wallet to determine which choreographer will be assigned a commission for next year. Watch each piece and vote (with your number) for your favorite. In order to vote during this time you will have to have a registered number.

    4. Dancing & Dessert

      Everyone is invited on stage for dancing with The Joe Muscolino Band and dessert. Voting will continue.

      The 2018 COMMISSION will be awarded at 10:00 pm.



    There are 2 ways to vote for your favorite choreographer:


    1. VISIT
    2. Fill out the form and select the choreographer(s) you'd like to vote for.
    3. Complete payment using credit card


    1. Register a NUMBER (at a REGISTRATION TABLE or pre-register here>>)
    2. When you arrive, you will be asked to swipe your credit card. We will not charge your card unless you vote or bid at the event.
    3. After all choreographers have shown their work, you will be prompted to raise your number at various amounts to vote for your favorite. If you raise your number, you are committing to pay that amount.
    4. Your votes will be counted and totaled.
    5. At the end of the night, you can check out with cash or check OR - your credit card will be charged with the amount that you voted with.



    Opportunity Drawing & Silent Auction


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      Gift Card Glam Bag

      Packed full of gift cards from vendors all over the valley. Valued at over $800. Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20.

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      Silent Auction

      Dozens of baskets for you to bid on with everything from condo stays, show tickets, restaurants and more. Check out some of the items here

    Sponsor Regalia

    Sponsorship Options
    Production Sponsor $5,000 Year-round acknowledgment + tickets for 20 guests
    ($3,500 tax deduction)
    VIP Sponsor $1,500 Tickets for 10 guests ($700 tax deduction)
    Official sponsor of an RDT partnership with an elementary school.
    Auction Donor Value TBD in-kind donations of goods and services for silent auction
    Donate Here

    Production & VIP sponsors receive tickets to shows (deducted from tax write-off), invitations to select receptions and open rehearsals, signage, select print program and web / e-news acknowledgment, and, when appropriate, mention in press releases and ads.

    Email or call 801-534-1000 to become a sponsor.

    Regalia Sponsors & In-kind donors