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Join us for two weeks of dance, collaboration, and art-making. June 2 – June 13, 2014. University of Utah. With internationally renowned guest artists and scholars Faye Driscoll// Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey// Pavel Zuštiak.
Complete information available January 2014.


Join us for two weeks of dance, collaboration, and art-making. June 3 – June 14, 2013. University of Utah. With internationally renowned guest artists and scholars Kyle Abraham// Maura Keefe // Miguel Gutierrez // Netta Yerushalmy




Kyle Abraham
Miguel Gutierrez
Netta Yerushalmy

SaltDanceFest 2013 brings together internationally renowned New York based dance artists and dance makers Kyle Abraham, Miguel Gutierrez, and Netta Yerushalmy, along with scholar, Maura Keefe, for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 3 – 14, 2013. SaltDanceFest is excited to have these significant, cutting edge artists and scholars in residence to share their unique and acclaimed artistic perspectives, and for their range and diversity of aesthetics and approaches to dance.

SaltDanceFest , unique among dance festivals in the western United States, is committed to the exploration of the creative process in addition to contemporary technique and repertory work. With participants from around the country and the world, the workshop highlights and investigates the creative process and is designed to be a laboratory that nurtures and supports experimentation, exploration, curiosity, collaboration and the development of innovative choreography. Participants work intimately with esteemed artists on developing and exploring ideas in dance and choreography. Now in its third year, past artists at SaltDanceFest have included: Eiko & Koma, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Teri and Oliver Steele, Marina Mascarell, Paul Selwyn Norton and Vickie Cortes.

The workshop is housed at the University of Utah - a hub of dance pedagogy, performance and choreographic creation for the American West. Participants of SaltDanceFest select from three blocks of daily classes, engaging with the artists in: Contemporary Technique, Improvisational Practices, Performance Research, Composition, Creative Process, Repertory, and Dance Writing and Criticism (see class schedule below).

The SaltDanceFest 2013 class schedule will operate on a block system – participants may sign up for up to three blocks of classes as they prefer. Specific class requests, identified on the application form, are on a first come first served basis (further class information follows). The workshop/festival additionally includes a free morning somatic practice class as an introduction to the day, lectures and panel discussions with the guest artists, an improvisation jam and social events, as well as opportunities to present work in showings and concerts.

Workshop participants are expected to be mature dancers and young professionals interested in further developing his/her choreographic, creative, performance and movement investigative skills. Participants must be 18 or older, and are expected to dance at an intermediate technical or advanced level. Enrollment is limited, providing more individual attention for each workshop participant. Housing and meals are available at an additional cost. College credit is also available. SDF participants may extend their studies in Utah at Repertory Dance Theatre’s Summerdance 2013 Workshop and/or Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s, Move-It Summer Dance Workshop (see information below). Info at and

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES (see class schedule below)

Classes June 3 – 14 (M–F).

Students may sign up to take one, two, or all three blocks - see the SALTDANCEFEST FEES section for more information.

Free Morning Somatics Practice Class (available to all workshop participants) — 8:30–9:15

Each morning will begin with an optional somatic based class open to all festival participants on a drop in basis. These classes, which serve as a physical preparation for the day and an opportunity to get in touch with yourself and your body, will be taught by Salt Lake City-based practitioners and University of Utah Department of Modern Dance faculty members.

Block I Classes – 9:15–11:15

Contemporary Technique – Kyle Abraham

Process – A Stew – Netta Yerushalumy

Block II Classes – 11:30–1:30

Contemporary Technique – Netta Yerushalumy

Ineffable Intangible Sensational – Miguel Gutierrez

Writing and Talking about Dance Aesthetics – Maura Keefe

Block III Classes – 3:00–5:00

Repertory Lab – Kyle Abraham

Instant Performance – Miguel Gutierrez

Participants are expected to participate for the full two weeks in all classes for which one has enrolled. This allows participants to deeply immerse themselves in each artists’ unique creative process and aesthetic, and to delve deeply into one’s own creative explorations and development.

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Contemporary Technique – Yerushalmy

This physically challenging class is focused on finding and refining the moving body’s multifarious abilities and sensibilities within the maze of highly specific and stylized phrases. Drawing on various methods to support our organization and visualization of what we are trying to accomplish (from ballet and Klein technique, to imagery from the world of visual art) we will be using the demands of the vocabulary in order to hone what technique ultimately means: directly communicating with our vehicle.

Contemporary Technique – Abraham

Class emphasizes four specific core values: exploration, musicality, abandonment, and intuition. The opening warm-up sequence focuses on the fluidity of the spine, articulation, and core body strengthening and then builds up to challenging, creative and invigorating phrase work. Students experience a personalized post-modern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures, fearless floor work and a dynamic range of musical influences through movement.

Instant Performance – Gutierrez

What if everything we need to make a compelling performance is already in or around us? What if we practice harnessing a consciousness of immediacy, explicit mystery, relevance, irreverence and import? What if instead of worrying about money, time and space, we use compression and imagination to tap into somatic tuning, compositional accident and improvisational decision making to create experiences that are definitive and unstable? Can we identify and sophisticate a relationship between depth and speed? Let's spend time re-invigorating our ability to discover through process. Let's practice making Instant Performance.

Creative Process – A Stew (participant exploration and generation of work) Yerushalumy

Lets make art together. Be prepared to move huge-ly and tiny-ly, beautifu-ly and awkward-ly, dense-ly and spares-ly, and to questions what those words all mean anyway. Most of all, be prepared to share yourself, especially those parts of you that you have already decided are not worth sharing. Bring knee-pads and bring an open mind and some edgy wit.

Writing and talking about dance aesthetics: How do I know a good dance when I see it? – Keefe

In this workshop, participants will learn to define and refine their own set of aesthetic principles by examining the work of others. To heighten critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills, participants in this course will view dances on video and learn to quickly and orally describe and analyze what one has seen. Short writing assignments will follow; targeting different ways of writing about dance for different readers (e.g. dance criticism, blogging, grant writing, press releases, artist statements). Engaging in lively conversation and exploring related readings will guide participants to broaden and deepen their definitions of dance.

Repertory Lab (participant focused creation of a work by the guest artist) – Abraham

Abraham is best known for dynamic phrase work based on his own self-intuitive movement sensibility often viewed at a hybrid of Hip Hop, Limon, and Cunningham technique. Building on the company’s current repertory, students will explore a personalized post-modern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures and fearless floor work resulting in an investigation of your inner groove thang.

Ineffable Intangible Sensational – Gutierrez

In this workshop we will engage an approach to improvisation and performance practice that has informed my work in the last few years. The center of the exploration will be a delving into the senses – the primary, movement, energetic and creative senses. We will challenge ourselves to uncover our questions and answers through movement, inverting the conventional proposition that thought comes before action. I see dance as a mode of perceptual inquiry, and I resist defining it as a non-verbal "language" because languages are meant to be understood and I like that dance defies linguistic comprehension. But since words are always present, always mediating everything, we will see how we can manipulate them to trigger non-rational, automatic, unprepared physical response. The goal of this training is to complicate our ideas of what constitutes “communication,” “good improvisation,” “listening” and “development” and to welcome the full range of emotional and expressive possibilities available to us as dancers, performers, artists.

Evening & Special Events During the Workshop (See class schedule below)

June 2Workshop welcome and orientation
June 4Workshop Picnic Lunch – 1:45
Improv Jam
June 5Artist Talk – Meet Miguel Gutierrez
June 6Artist Talk – Meet Netta Yerushalmy
June 7Artist Talk – Meet Kyle Abraham
June 8Open forum, Informal showing by guest artists and SDF participants
June 9(DAY OFF) On own – we encourage participants to get out to see the mountains, Great Salt Lake and other area sights
June 10 & 11Workshop: Talking and Writing about Dance with Maura Keefe
June 12Panel discussion and Q&A with guest artists
June 13Workshop evening Picnic – 5:30–6:30
Artist Concert with post-concert discussion with the artists
June 14Festival Concert Showing
Party to Follow Concert Showing

SaltDanceFest participants receive complimentary tickets to all performances and events.

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Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham

2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient and recently announced New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist, Kyle Abraham, began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, a BUILD grant and an individual artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and selected in 2009 as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama”. His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at On The Boards, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Portland’s Time Based Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center, Montreal, Germany, Jordan, Ecuador, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance, Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, The Kevin Wynn Collection and Attack Theatre. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States. He is currently working on a commission by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a new pas de deux for himself and acclaimed Bessie Award winning dancer and New York City Principle, Wendy Whelan whilst creating new works for his company A/I/M. For more information please visit:

Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez, a dance and music artist based in New York, has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Dance Magazine. He makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work, characterized by the immersive quality of the attentive state that it imposes on the audience, centers around enduring philosophical questions about desire, longing and the search for meaning. His work has toured internationally at several festivals and venues and has received support from Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund NYFA, NEA and NPN. In 2010 he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and United States Artists. He is the winner of three New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" awards. WHEN YOU RISE UP, a book of his performance texts, is available from 53rd State Press. He also invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout for the radical in all of us. For his new project he is researching the overlapping and divergent conceptions of “mind” in the fields of neurology, embodied philosophy, somatic practices, improvisation and the paranormal.

Maura Keefe

Maura Keefe

Maura is a dance historian, writer, and choreographer as well as Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. She has moderated discussion with artists and presented pre-performance lectures at UCLA, The Goethe Institut, New York’s City Center, and Princeton University, among other locations. Based on those interactions with dancers and choreographers, she is working on a collection of essays on contemporary dance forms and cultures. Her writing on the relationships between dance and sports can be found in collections Taken By Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader and When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders. She has served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance (CORD) and is a current dance panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA). Keefe is Chair of the Department of Dance at the College at Brockport (SUNY) where she teaches dance history and theory, and choreography. She holds an MFA from Smith College and a PhD from the University of California, Riverside.

Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy

Choreographer Netta Yerushalmy is a recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation (Liguria, Italy, 2013); the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2012); the New York Foundation for the Arts (2010); and Six Points (2010–2012). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center since 2010 and was a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident. Yerushalmy trained in Israel at Misgav Dance Workshop, Kibbutz Dance Company and Bat-Dor studios (Tel-Aviv). She has shown her work in the International Solo-Dance-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; Curtain-Up, Different Dance, Intimadance and International-Exposure festivals in Israel; and in a variety of U.S. venues, including Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, The Kitchen, The Yard and Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), among others. Yerushalmy recently completed her first commissioned work for the Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis). She has also created original works for the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Harkness Repertory Ensemble (NYC), Of MovingColors (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), and the Misgav Dance Workshop (Galilee, Israel). Yerushalmy was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers (2007–2012) and currently works with choreographer Joanna Kotze. She has also worked and toured with Nancy Bannon, Karinne Keithley, Mark Jarecki Dance, Noemie LaFrance, Ronit Ziv and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As part of her work with Doug Varone, she has taught in the U.S., Russia and the Dominican Republic and has staged Varone’s work at the University of Michigan and Point Park College. She holds a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been creating dances since 1995.

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Participants are encouraged to take the entire workshop, three classes daily for two weeks. Participants may elect to take only one or two blocks of the class, one/two classes daily for two weeks. It may also be possible to arrange taking only one week, which is the minimum that a participant may enroll in one of the afternoon classes (contact SDF if you wish to request this option). The morning contemporary technique classes are open on a drop-in basis to those not fully participating in SaltDanceFest, space permitting.


Tuition for each block of classes is $220/200 if registered by April 15

3 Blocks of classes (3 classes a day), $660/600 if registered by April 15
2 Blocks of Classes (2 classes a day), $440/400 if registered by April 15
1 Block of Classes (one class a day), $220/200 if registered by April 15

Individual Contemporary Technique class - $20. Open to public on a space available basis. Drop ins may not be able to be accommodated if the class is considered full.

SDF participants may extend their studies in Utah at Repertory Dance Theatre’s Summerdance 2013 Workshop and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Move-It Summer Workshop (see more information about these workshops below). Take two workshops (including SaltDanceFest) and receive 10% off each workshop. Take all three workshops for a 15% discount. For further information about taking two or more workshops at a discounted price contact

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University Campus

SaltDanceFest is housed on the University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City, in the beautiful Marriott Center for Dance, which features six large studios and a 330–seat theater. The campus is situated in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains overlooking Salt Lake City, and the surrounding area offers tremendous recreational activities both for urban and wilderness exploration. Salt Lake City is known for its unique and vibrant and artistic culture, as well as for its museums, nightlife, mountains, deserts, the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats. Salt Lake City has numerous bus lines and TRAX (an extensive light rail system) allowing for easy travel around the Salt Lake Valley without needing a car.

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Salt Lake City is a Delta hub and served by multiple other airlines. Taxis and TRAX to campus housing are inexpensive. The University is linked to downtown Salt Lake City by light rail (TRAX).

SaltDanceFest participants should arrive on Sunday, June 3 in order to check in at the orientation meeting, 7pm at the Marriott Center for Dance.

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Campus housing is available for SaltDanceFest participants. Participants may be housed in University dormitories, typically in single rooms. An on-campus meal plan is available; there are multiple other eating options on or off-campus convenient to the Marriott Center for Dance.

On campus housing:$25/night. (Rates subject to change)
Meals: 10 meals @ $82.50 plus tax
25 meals @ $200.00 plus tax
50 meals @ $387.50 plus tax
75 meals @ $562.50 plus tax
12 meals/week @ $13.49/day
19 meals/week @ $14.66/day
(Rates subject to change)

To arrange housing and meals, please send your request and questions to or 801/581-7327.

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SaltDanceFest participants may receive college credit for the workshop/festival, 1–4 credits at $150/credit. To register for credit contact: or 801/581-7327. Credit may be arranged during the workshop.

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Repertory Dance Theatre Summerdance 2013 - June 17-28, an in-depth dance workshop with Master Limon Teacher and Performer, Nina Watt, former dancer with The Jose Limon Dance Company. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to study Limon Modern Dance Technique and Repertory with Ms. Watt and will learn the work she is setting on RDT side by side with the RDT dancers. Participants will also study improvisation, composition, and learn historical and contemporary repertory selected from RDT’s vast modern dance library. The final workshop showing is on June 28 and all participants will perform alongside the RDT company. For further information: 801/ 534-1000 or

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Move-It Summer Workshop – July 22-August 2. Explore a range of dance fundamentals and special topics with some of the most innovative, forward-thinking contemporary artists working within the fields of dance and theater. Workshop faculty include former company members John Allen, Jillian Harris, Stephanie Nugent, and Damn Rego. Ririe-Woodbury's 2013 workshop will focus on modern dance technique improvisation, choreography, repertoire, dance conditioning, Tap, African, and Capoeira. There will also be performance and choreographic opportunities at the end of the workshop. For further information: 801/297-4241 or

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To be considered fully registered for SaltDanceFest 2013, you must compete 2 steps:

  1. Complete and return the SaltDanceFest 2013 Application (via mail or email) found HERE.
  2. Pay your full SaltDanceFest 2013 Tuition, either by mailing in a check/money order (payable to the University of Utah, Department of Modern Dance) with your application, or by paying with a credit card securely online.

To pay full tuition (3 Block tuition) online, click HERE.
To pay 2 Block tuition online, click HERE.
To pay 1 Block tuition online, click HERE.

Submit SaltDanceFest applications early to insure placement with artists of choice. Enrollment is limited in order to offer an intimate working environment and is on a first-come first-served basis. Once a class is filled, SaltDanceFest participants may be placed in an alternative block class. Application materials must be complete and tuition paid in full in order to be registered. To apply, complete the attached application form and mail or email to SaltDanceFest along with full tuition payment. Send to:

SaltDanceFest 2013
Department of Modern Dance
Marriott Center for Dance
330 S. 1500 E., Room #106
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0280

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

SaltDanceFest fees will be fully refunded (less $50 administrative fee) only if written notice of cancellation is received on or before June 1. Room and board fees may also be refunded (less $50 administrative fee) if cancelled on or before June 1.

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For Questions and Further Information: (801) 581-7327   or

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