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'Non-dancers' are sought for project

In keeping with the Repertory Dance Theatre's overall theme "Sense of Place," artistic director Linda C. Smith has a plan to get people in the surrounding community involved in dance.

"We are looking for dancers who don't know how to dance," said Smith. "We are offering performing opportunities to 'non-dancers.' "

What Smith and RDT have in mind is to create short dance works using members of the community. And these works will be performed during RDT's performance of "Gathering Place" in February.

"What we have planned is to get anyone and everyone interested in dancing, even though they have no prior dance training," said Smith. "We will create works for them to dance and get them onto the stage."

Smith said anyone can be a part of this unique performance. "We want students, bosses, secretaries, librarians, families, judges, police officers, firefighters, doctors, lawyers — anyone who wants to work with us to give us a call. This is designed to provide ways for participants to get better acquainted with others in the community. And we will give a company whose employees are a part of the performance an opportunity to showcase their company through sponsorship."

Smith hopes this will help make dance a meaningful part of community life, broaden the RDT audience, increase the public's understanding of dance, give RDT dancers a chance to choreograph, and help gain more sponsorship and partnerships. "This experience can help community members bond with each other and help them realize that we dancers are just more members of the community."

Businesses can participate in the program by providing a $300 choreographic fee and providing a list of employees willing to participate in the program. Contact Smith at 801-534-1000 no later than Dec. 11, 2004, to schedule a meeting with RDT.

"Participants will need to attend three to five one-hour rehearsals on Jan. 28, 29 and Feb. 4, 5, 11 and 12," said Smith. "The rehearsals will be held between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays, or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays."

Dress rehearsal will be Feb. 18, from 5-8 p.m., and the performance will be Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South.

"This is going to be fun," said Smith. "And we hope to strengthen our community through it."