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contemporary modern dance company
putting artists first

"I find Resilience Dance Company to be one of the most exciting things to happen to St. Louis' dance community in years. Their research-based movement approach and embrace of improvisation have captured my attention every time I've been fortunate enough to see them perform."
- St. Louis Dance HQ

A picture of Emily Haussler, RDC's Artistic Director, sitting in a black director's chair while wearing a professional black outfit and tan leather jacket, smiles out to welcome people to RDC's website.



"My name is Emily Haussler. I founded RESILIENCE Dance Company in 2019 to create a space in which artists came first, and good art followed. Whether I had a budget of $500 or $50,000, or was making work in a proscenium theater or a park, I knew I wanted a professional space that prioritized dancers.

I chose the name RESILIENCE to honor the emotional, mental, and physical resilience of dancers. At RESILIENCE, we create new models of professional dance by paying artists first, adapting to alternative production styles, providing holistic physical and mental health resources to dancers, and working collaboratively to ensure all voices are authentically incorporated in our processes - all while creating exceptional dance experiences.

I invite you to explore, learn more about our work and impact, and meet the incredible artists with whom we work. Be a part of the growth and help fuel human connection through dance."

-Emily Haussler

Artistic and Executive Director


RESILIENCE Dance Company creates exceptional dance experiences that fuel human connections..
Learn more about our values and our vision for healthy, equitable work environments that nourish dance artists and the communities they serve.


RESILIENCE Dance Company is made up of seven unique Company Artists - get to know each of them and read more about what they bring to our creative processes.

A group photo of all 7 of RDC's  company dancers playfully lounging around two black chairs. Company memebers are wearing black tops and creme jogger sweatpants.
An image from RDC's fall show Entry Points in 2022. A dim photo of dancers in a backbend with their arms outstretched above their heads as if they are reaching for something behind them. This photo is from David Marchant's Refuge. Dancers are wearing various outfits in warm color tones.


RDC creates two mainstage performances per season: a repertory concert in the Fall and a full-length premiere in the Spring. The rest of our season is filled with unique collaborations, outreach events, and pop up performances. See below for upcoming events, and come experience what makes RDC different.


Shift the narrative of the "starving artist" and help create systemic change in the dance industry. 67% of our annual expense budget goes directly to paying RDC's working artists. Join us to promote a healthy, financially sustainable future for artists and support accessible classes, workshops, and performances.

Make a tax-deductible donation today.

This image is from Entry Points 2022. A moment captured from Emily Duggins Ehling's piece, As She Works The Nurterer Dreams. Dancers are in a skin tone slip dress that comes down to mid shins. They are creating a mountain for company dancer to climb up.
A class image of company dancers mid improv. The image is taken in Intersect Arts Center a beautiful bright space with wooden floors and high celings. In the foreground of the picture is company dancer Emmi Small weraing black pants and a grey and royal blue top. She is in a deep decond position with her arms outstretched. One reaching up to the celing the other to the ground.


$10 drop-in classes offered weekly

Come experience a mix of modern, ballet, floorwork, contemporary, improv, conditioning and more - all taught in a welcoming, human environment.


Share works in progress with the community - no time requirements, no genre restrictions, no formal adjudication process. We hold space for anyone 18+ in St. Louis to share their work and be seen. Learn more:

This image  has four dancers all leaning against each other while in a back attitude. The dancers are in black biketards and each have a different colored flannel. From lrft to right they are wearing light blue, hunter green, red, and pink flannels.
A singular dancers pictured in Intersect Arts Center. Wearing a pale pink jumpsuit with a small bow. She is standing in a fourth position releve chest lifted, gazing at something in the distance. In the back wall of the photo is a large shadow of the dancer being cast on the wall because of the lighting.

Find local and national resources for artists, including space rentals, collaborator listings, fundraising and production tools, and more. Our resource center is always growing, so check back for new additions!


Want to bring RDC into your classroom? Interested in volunteering at one of our events? Think you might be a good fit for one of our committees? 

Incredible! We love getting to know our community and fostering connections. 

Feel free to reach out anytime!

A group photo of 2022/23 company dancers and college students at Saint Louis University. They are all smiling for a group photo after a masterclass at SLU.

Make a tax-deductible donation to support RDC's company model and community programs that put artists first. 
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