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SUMMERDANCE 2018

JUNE 18-29, 2018
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

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    Jose Limon Pedagogy & Technique with Nina Watt.

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    Technique & repertory with Tiffany Rea Fisher.

Two weeks | Two Artists | One incredible dance experience.

This year, RDT is proud to present two separate artists for SUMMERDANCE2018. Students can attend both weeks to experience both a historical & contemporary look at dance. Or choose to attend just one, if that better fits with your schedule.

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Week 1: Limón

June 18-23, 2018
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Join us for a one-week intensive featuring internationally renowned Jose Limón Master Teacher Nina Watt. Students will experience Limon technique, repertory, and pedagogy with one of the foremost experts of the Limon craft.

Licensure points available. College credit available through the University of Utah.

Limón Technique is not a codified training, but is based on principles from Doris Humphrey and Jose Limón. Teachers use sequences and progressions passed down through the generations, and they also work creatively with the principles, in search of training methods that help in both technical and stylistic foundations. The expectation for a Limón teacher is that the pedagogical approach, while faithful to the physical and philosophical principles, is individual, alive and evolving.

Because of this, Limón teachers in particular can profit from mutual exchange. In addition, as understanding of fundamental aspects of the technique, such as the fall/rebound/suspend dynamic patterning, is necessarily experiential, working in a classroom setting with feedback from experts is a crucial element. It is regenerative for experienced teachers, and a vital educative tool for young Limón teachers or teachers interested in including aspects of Limón principles in their work.

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    Limon's 'Mazurkas.'

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    Limon's 'Mazurkas.'

Week 2: Tiffany Rea-Fisher

June 25-29, 2018
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

One week intensive with Elisa Monte Dance Artistic Director and world-renowned choreographer, Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

Tiffany will be setting a new work on Repertory Dance Theatre and Summerdance students will work side-by-side with RDT dancers in Technique, Repertory, and Creative Work.

Teaching is a big part of Tiffany’s position and she has since taught master classes and workshops at The Ailey School, City Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Dickinson State University, George Mason University, Juilliard, NYU Tisch, Peridance, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College . Currently she is on faculty at the Joffrey School of Ballet and a substitute teacher at Steps on Broadway.

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About The Artists

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

TIFFANY REA-FISHER is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance. Tiffany joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in such classic works as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered and Volkmann Suite. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue based on her performance during the company’s 2006 season at the Joyce Theater and since then has been featured in nation and international publications for both her dancing and choreography. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company most notably meeting and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

Tiffany’s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion and the music industry. In 2012 Tiffany was chosen to create a new work for the Louis Vuitton / Reconstruction 3.0 Life is a Journey project. In 2015 Tiffany choreographed Transcendence a dance film for fashion designer Paola Hernández 2015 fashion week runway show. Paola and Tiffany are currently collaborating on a live fashion, dance film event for Paola’s line for the winter of 2016. 

Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY. While at Purchase she co-founded ForArts, the school’s first interdisciplinary presenting organization, which provided opportunities for students from different conservatories to create collaborative works. In 2004 Tiffany created, directed, and curated Dance at the Tank. She left the Tank in 2007 and currently serves on their advisory board.

This summer Tiffany was commissioned as the choreographer for the Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of Macbeth.

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Nina Watt

Nina Watt toured internationally with the Limon Dance Company from 1972-2001, serving as Artistic Associate from 1992-2006. She danced major roles by over 25 choreographers, including two solos made for her by Alwin Nikolais and Doug Varone.  Her career included two State Department sponsored tours and a 1995 White House performance. Critically cited as "the perfect Limon dancer," "a dancer of genius" and "one of the most important modern dancers of her generation," Ms. Watt is a 2002 recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement. She teaches technique and stages Limon repertory worldwide, and is currently Assistant Professor at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She holds a BA from State University of New York, Empire State College and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Integrated Movement Studies Program.

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