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
"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."
Artistic and Executive Director
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.
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