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
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.
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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$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:
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!