MISSION AND HISTORY
St. George Dance Company is on a mission to bridge the gap between dance as an abstract art form and a means for great storytelling. We are bringing contemporary dance to the forefront of our community's artist culture as an accessible and valued art form. We strive to fulfill this mission by creating original works that captivate and inspire audiences, provide opportunity for dancers, choreographers and patrons to fuel their love of dance and enrich our community by providing continuing education through community classes, lecture demonstrations and events such as the Red Rock Dance Festival.
St. George Dance company is a growing collective of professional dance artists and community members committed to keeping dance a thriving art form in Southern Utah. It is a company that strives to create professional work while being inclusive of dance professionals and community members raising families, attending school, and working. Most recently, SGDC performed their original show Have A Seat in the beautiful new Vista Performance Theater in Ivins, UT under the direction of Sarah Reynolds.
Summer Belnap Robertson created St George Dance Company under "Summer and Company" in 2003 in New York. She renamed it when she moved back to Washington County and later established it as a non-profit in 2016. Robertson created opportunities for dancers and worked diligently to bring contemporary dance to the forefront or our community's artistic culture as an accessible and viable art form.
Jennie Jones took over the Artistic Director role of the company in 2019. As a dancer-storyteller, her goal was to create story-based works that would engage patrons and shift the perception of contemporary dance. The live music, intriguing choreography, and story-based works have helped audiences connect to dance in a fun, new way.
In continuing the legacy, SGDC will now look to Sarah Reynolds, a gifted collaborator who looks forward to expanding opportunities for dancers while embracing the tradition of making dance engaging, relatable, and accessible.