Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company was founded in 1964 by two Utah women, Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, who were both professors of dance at the University of Utah. Their passion for dance not only included performing, choreographing, and teaching – it was also accompanied by a deep commitment to the value of dance for everyone and its absolute necessity in the education of our youth. This profound commitment set the foundation for a Company mission and direction that continues to this day.
The Company has developed into an internationally renowned contemporary dance company with an impressive touring history. Ririe-Woodbury has performed in every state in the U.S. – as well as in Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, the British Isles, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and the Virgin Islands.
Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, Ririe-Woodbury now enters an exciting future. In June 2013, the Company welcomed Daniel Charon as its new Artistic Director. Previously based in New York City, Daniel brings a new perspective to dance in Salt Lake City. His mission is to continue the Company’s legacy of audience inclusivity and to pushing the artistic boundaries of contemporary dance.