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Amy Falls

Amy Falls, a Virginia native, studied ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts and received a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah. She currently works as an arts administrator in Salt Lake City.


Molly Heller’s very vary

Dancers in “very vary” by Molly Heller at the Eccles Regent. Photo by Tori Duhaime. Molly Heller’s “very vary” was just that: a very varied patchwork. For the duration of the hour-long dance, the cast of six — members of Ririe-Woodbury and freelancers alike — approached Heller’s performatively […]


Ann Carlson’s Elizabeth Delights

Bashaun Williams in Ann Carlson’s “Elizabeth, the dance”. Set by Torry Bend. Photo courtesy of Ririe-Woodbury. Choreographer Ann Carlson has a longstanding relationship with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, originally studying modern dance under company co-founders Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury at the University of Utah in the 1970s. While […]


Ririe-Woodbury’s Fall Season

Ririe Woodbury’s 2016 Fall Season presented a re-staging of Tzveta Kassabova’s “The Opposite of Killing” (2010) and Jonah Bokaer’s “Fragments” (created for the company in 2014) alongside the world premiere of artistic director Daniel Charon’s “Elegy.” A thread that linked the three works to each other conceptually was […]


Northwest Dance Project Brings Original Works from Emerging and Established Choreographers to Salt Lake City

Portland-based contemporary dance company Northwest Dance Project had its Salt Lake City debut at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance (programmed by Utah Presents, formerly Kingsbury Hall Presents). NWDP currently employs nine dancers, and consistently features the work of various international guest choreographers. On the program […]


RDT’s legacy in REVEL

Repertory Dance Theatre’s REVEL, the latest installment in the company’s 50th anniversary season, showcased works by four choreographers, each in some way integral to the company’s history and legacy. Throughout, RDT’s eight dancers exhibited zeal for honoring the past as well as diving headfirst into new ideas. Jacque […]


7&1 at Art 270

Alexandra Bradshaw & Jon Yerby’s 7&1: A Guitar and Dance Performance Event took place this past Friday at Art 270, a gallery in downtown SLC run by artist Terence Stephens. Bradshaw performs with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Yerby is an established performer and teacher of classical guitar. This performance […]


Classics Shine in Ballet West’s Triple Bill

    Ballet West’s annual mixed bill presents the work of neoclassical icon George Balanchine (Square Dance), Ballet West’s resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte (Almost Tango), and contemporary ballet pioneer William Forsythe (In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated). While the evening’s program is titled Almost Tango after Fonte’s newest Utah […]

Dance | Music

Wachira Waigwa-Stone

Music and dance have a long history of coexistence; students of dance history learn quickly of the relationship between Martha Graham and Louis Horst, identifying the way in which music is often the lens through which audiences find entry points for movement. And, while ballet companies often have […]

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