Utah’s extraordinarily vibrant dance scene features professional companies of classical ballet dancers who express power, technical precision, and beauty in their work and modern dancers who are able, through their graceful movement, to touch your soul or tell a story. 

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Thu, June 23, 8:15PM, Festival Stage

Experience a sampling of the diverse choreographic voices that comprise the repertory of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Featured on this program will be a live performance collaboration with the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, in celebration of the Utah Arts Festival’s 40th Anniversary. The company will also feature a compelling work by long-time company dancer Bradley Beakes, who will be dancing his final performance with the Company.

Stars of Ballet West and UAF Commissioned Dance Work

Fri, June 24, 8:15PM, Festival Stage

Presented by Christopher Ruud and RUUDDANCES, LLC

Featuring Ballet West’s Adrian Fry, Jacqueline Straughan, Katherine Lawrence, Sayaka Ohtaki, Christopher Ruud, Chase O’Connell, Joshua Whitehead, Chelsea Keefer, and Dancers of the Professional Training Division of Ballet West Academy in Presto, by Nicolo Fonte; Concerto Barocco, by George Balanchine; Ruth, Ricordi per Due; by Gerald Arpino; and, the UAF 2016 Dance Commission by Ballet West principal Adrian Fry.

Children’s Dance Theatre

Sat, June 25, 5:30PM, Festival Stage

Presented by University of Utah Tanner Dance

GWINNA tells the story, through delightful original dance and music, of a girl who grows up unaware that she can fly; she only knows that she hears a mysterious song in the wind. On her 12th birthday, she is summoned to the home of the ancient Mother of the Owls where she discovers at last how to use her wings. Based on the book by Barbara Helen Berger.

Repertory Dance Theatre in Collaboration with 3hattrio

Sun, June 26, 6:45PM, Festival Stage

RDT’s 40th Anniversary Utah Arts Festival performance features live music performed by Emmy Award-winning musician/folklorist, Hal Cannon, and his band. Premiered earlier this year, Crippled Up Blues, pairs 3hattrio with choreographer (and RDT alum) William (Bill) Evans. Also on the program is a world premiere featuring students from RDT’s Young Dancer Workshop.