The return of The Repertory Dance Theater Ensemble

FAU Repertory Dance Theater Ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary


Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Erin Martin, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic University’s Repertory Dance Theater Ensemble, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, put on shows for all ages to see on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 1 at the University Theater.

The RDTE was founded to “showcase the wide range, scope and diversity of dance,” stated dancer and choreographer Clarence Brooks, who is in the program. This event was in honor Brooks’ 10-year anniversary at FAU and the return of the dance program for its annual performance.

From FAU students to senior citizens, an audience of approximately 70 people turned out on Feb. 27 to watch eight performances by dancers from FAU, Florida International University, Broward College and Nova Southeastern University.

Daniel Nohrder, a theater major from Broward College and performer that night, said, “More than anything, we just want the audience to be entertained because it is an abstract view of that certain kind of theme, so if they don’t understand the dance directly we would at least want them to enjoy it as a whole.”

Akeem Edwards and Clarence Brooks perform “Watch for the Morning”. Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer
Akeem Edwards and Clarence Brooks perform “Watch for the Morning”.
Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Jessica Jones, another dancer and psychology major from FIU added, “It’s all of our stories connected into one dance, we leave that up to the audience to interpret how they feel from it.”

These performances included their own twist on modern interpretive dance. Showcased on Feb. 27 were dances such as “Skin Full of Stories,” “Enclosed Encounters,” “Watch For the Morning,” “Unchastened” and “Sophisticated.”

Biology major Aubry Jacques and alumna Joanna Martin were two of the dancers among those from FAU. Both agreed that their performance went really well.  Jacques and Martin were both a part of “Skin Full of Stories.”

With many dance fanatics in the crowd, several approved that the RDTE put on an amazing performance. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of it,” explained Jeveshia Taylor, an audience member from Broward.

Juan Rincer, a financial/economics major at FAU, said, “I’m used to classical dance, so this was very new and interesting to me.”

The RDTE overall put on a show that received a big round of applause from the audience. For more information on RDTE, check out the FAU Arts and Letters website.