The Utah Arts Festival is in full swing now, and tonight the dance acts begin.

The evening starts with Ballet West soloist Tom Mattingly and the Tom Mattingly Dance Commission. Tom Mattingly's work Prone was performed in 2010 as the first ever dance commission by the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, UT. He returns to the Festival to premiere his new choreography with dancers from Ballet West and Ririe-Woodbury.
Tom Mattingly Dance Commission Fri June 22, 5:30 pm, Festival Stage


PRONE choreography by Tom Mattingly | music by Matthew Shoening

Ririe Woodbury Dance company rounds out the evening at 6:30 pm, performing audience favorites "80s Night" by Larry Keigwin, "Secret Dark World" by Keith Johnson, and "Push" and "West" by Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen. This will be the final performance for dancer Elizabeth "Betsy" Kelley-Willberg, who has danced with the Company since 2006. It will be the the first performance of dancer Mary Lyn Graves, joining Ririe-Woodbury from the Tulsa Ballet.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Fri June 22, 6:30pm, Festival Stage


Ririe Woodbury Dancers- West

Saturday at the Festival Stage starting at 4:30pm is Children's Dance Theatre. CDT, with dancers ages 8-18, present The Apple-Pip Princess inspired by Jane Ray's children's book. It is an enchanting tale of hope with an original score and beautiful costumes.

Children's Dance Theatre Sat, June 23, 4:30pm, Festival Stage


The Apple-Pip Princess Childrens Dance Theatre | Photo Courtesy Of Deseret News

The final day of the Festival ends with a bang with Repertory Dance Theatre. RDT will be performing favorites from the past season featuring Karyo by Susan McLain (performed in Passage) and Gamut (performed in Vanguard), a work created by RDT dancers using Merce Cunningham's composition techniques. Their is always an element of chance and surprise with Gamut because the piece is performed to an ipod that is set on shuffle so the music that they are dancing the piece to is different everytime that it is performed.

Repertory Dance Theatre Sun, June 22, 6:30pm, Festival Stage


Repertory Dance Theatre | Susan McLain's Karyo

And new this year to the Festival is RDT and The Utah Arts Festival's 8 Seconds Of Fame. Your 8 seconds of movement (dance moves, gestures, shapes, etc.) will be videoed, and used by RDT to inspire choreography for a new work that will premiere at RDT's EMBARK, October 4-6, 2012. Everyone welcome, any age, any ability.

8 Seconds of Fame Daily June 21-24, 1-2pm, Festival Stage