Repertory Dance Theatre Announces Annual Gala and Performance, Today

Repertory Dance Theatre celebrates more than 50 years of revolutionary modern dance with their annual gala and performance, REGALIA, on February 11, 2017 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Returning for the second year, REGALIA features choreographers creating new work in just a matter of hours. This year, all four choreographers are local Utahns who submitted work when RDT put out a call in September. Nick Blaylock, Aubry Dalley, Eric Handman, and Nichele Van Portfleet will compete for votes from audience members to be awarded a chance to create a new commission for RDT's 2017-2018 season.

There are two pricing options for REGALIA. Gala ticket holders ($150) will be pampered with dinner and cocktails from Utah Food Services in the intimate Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre. Performance ticket holders ($50) will arrive at 7:00 to peruse auction items, enjoy a drink at the bar, and wander the studios to watch the final touches put on the choreography.

All audience members will enter the theatre at 8:00 pm to see each piece performed. Afterward, audience members will vote using "bidding paddles" in the theatre to raise money for a commission to be completed next season as well as RDT's celebrated free school outreach.

Afterward, all are invited on to the Jeanne Wagner stage to enjoy delectable desserts from Utah Food Services and dance the night away to the sounds of the Joe Muscolino Band.

How REGALIA works:

5:30-6:30 pm // Cocktail party (Gala ticket holders only). Guests are invited to watch choreographers work in studios, enjoy signature cocktails, and peruse silent auction items.

6:30 pm // Gala Dinner catered by Utah Food Services

7:00 pm // Regular ticket holders arrive. All audience members are invited to watch final touches of choreography in studios, peruse silent auction items and opportunity drawings, and enjoy signature cocktails, wine & beer.

8:00 pm // Performance. All pieces are performed in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre. Audience will "vote with their wallet" using paddles live in the theatre to decide which choreographer will be awarded with a new commission for RDT next season.

9:00 pm // After Party. All are welcome up on to the stage for dancing and dessert with the Joe Muscolino Band.

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