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CDT e-NEWS: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Dancer + Parent Check List:

1) Check the changes for the Arts Festival performance.

2) Attend the Dancer + Parent Meeting this Thursday at 5:15 PM.

3) RSVP for our special high school master class with Brian Gerke

Changes to Arts Festival Performance

Due to low sign up numbers, we will only be performing the following dances at the Utah Arts Festival:

Automobile Assembly Line




Da Vinci’s Sketches


All other Invention dances will NOT be performed.

Dancers in Clock and Wheel will now perform BOTH dances in order to have enough dancers. Please see the adjusted rehearsal schedule below.

Friday, Aug. 27 – Class Rehearsals at Tanner Dance

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Da Vinci’s Sketches, Clock

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Assembly Line, Wheel, Clock, Writing


Saturday, Aug. 28 – at Utah Arts Festival

Company Spacing Rehearsal at Utah Arts Festival

8:00 – 10:00 AM: All Dancers


3:30 PM: Call for all dancers

4:00 PM: Performance

5:00 PM: Pick Up

CDT Dancer + Parent Meeting – Thursday, Aug. 19

We have combined our CDT dancer meeting with our parent meeting this year. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 19 from 5:15 – 7:00 PM at Tanner Dance (this is different than the time we published in the spring). It is very important that everyone attend as there are some exciting changes happening this year including added performance opportunities and a new attendance policy.

*This meeting will replace the parent meeting originally scheduled for September 7.

Free parking will be available in the Tanner Dance lot and on the top floor of the parking garage during the meeting. Please wear a mask.

CDT High School Master Class

To kick off the new school year, we have planned a special workshop for the CDT high school classes on Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Guest artist Brian Gerke will teach a master class from 9:00 – 11:00 AM (see more info about Brian below). After class, you’ll have an opportunity to talk with CDT alumni who are currently working in dance or other creative fields. These alumni will provide advice and ideas about where your CDT experiences can take you next, and what it’s like to pursue dance as a career. Lunch will be provided.

All CDT dancers entering 10th-12th grade are invited to attend. Please RSVP to this workshop by emailing


Brian is an award-winning choreographer, performer, and educator who was born and raised in Missoula, MT. He spent the majority of his professional career living, performing, and teaching in Europe, where he was a soloist in Iceland’s National Dance Company. While living in Europe, Brian co-created and co-directed his own dance company for 5 years, presenting works in over 50 theaters, spanning 12 countries. He has been commissioned to create original choreography by universities and professional dance companies in the US and abroad, most recently by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (premiering in Baltimore, April 2021). Brian is a Movement Analyst, an Assistant Professor, and the Coordinator of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. He has been a member of the Heartland Collective, a SLC-based company, since its inception in 2018. Brian is driven by the desire to wholeheartedly live, work, communicate, and educate while remaining mindful of and supported by his core values: Compassion & Integrity.

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