Repertory Dance Theatre: Expect the Unexpected

Acclaimed modern dance troupe visits Ronan Oct. 11 and Seeley Lake Oct. 13

On Stage

“Embrace the unexpected,” recommends Repertory Dance Theatre, which brings modern dance performances to Ronan Oct. 11 and Seeley Lake Oct. 13.

RDT offers "Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance."
RDT offers “Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance.”Photo © Christopher Peddecord

More than 50 years ago, the company beat out big-city stalwarts and received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to establish the nation’s first repertory dance company. Founded in 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah, this professional modern dance repertory company is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation and appreciation of modern dance.

From the early pioneers of the art form to today’s cutting-edge choreographers, the company maintains a prestigious collection of 20th century masterpieces representing 100 years of dance. As a repository for this rich heritage, RDT is a resource center and laboratory for contemporary dancers, choreographers, visual artists, writers and composers.

RDT has been entertaining and enlightening audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe, in major metropolitan cities as well as rural and remote areas, for 45 years. From Vienna, Austria, to Skagway, Alaska, the company has delivered stellar performances along with enriching activities for community members of all ages.

In addition to public performances, RDT produces a variety of community-based programs and has a long-standing commitment to arts-in-education.

The company’s performances are recognized for combining grace and athleticism, beauty and power. “So, what is RDT Dance all about? Simply said, we are about art. Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance. Art that, in its immediacy and intimacy, can be both thrilling and profound. Art that challenges you, and art that you won’t see coming.”

For more than half a century, Repertory Dance Theatre has pushed the boundaries of modern dance, while preserving and celebrating its legacy.

See the company in action:

Ronan: 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center; call 406-676-2427 or visit

Seeley Lake: 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Seeley Swan High School; call 406-251-6966 or visit