RESILIENCE Dance Company (RDC) is a non-profit, contemporary modern dance company committed to putting artists first. We create collaborative, insightful dance works while investing in local artists and establishing sustainable dance-making practices. We actively challenge traditional dance company models by putting our artists first, paying them first, and leaning into mutable production parameters to create innovative art. Whatever the conditions, there will be dance. RDC asserts that creating high-quality art and building healthy dance communities are necessarily intertwined. We honor the resilience of artists’ minds, bodies, and spirits in how they pursue their passion, aiming to empower those let down by the systems of the larger dance world.
Putting Artists First
Fair, consistent wages for company artists.
A resource rotation including physical therapy, one-on-one mental health counseling, group therapy sessions, and somatics built into our rehearsal schedule.
Opportunities, resources, and performance platforms for independent artists in the community.
These are a few of the ways we actively put artists first. Read more below and make a donation to support our mission today.
History & Programs
RESILIENCE Dance Company was founded in October, 2019 by current Executive and Artistic Director, Emily Haussler. Her goal: to create an alternative, professional company model that prioritized artists through fair pay, transparent communication, collaborative processes, and access to holistic physical and mental health resources. Since its inception, RDC has developed several company and community programs to bring this mission to life.
RDC creates two mainstage performances per season: a repertory show in the Fall, and a full-length work in the Spring. We also work to create innovative dance experiences for our audiences, which have included a dance film collection and a walk-through performance in the past. Thus far, these projects have supported upwards of twenty artists, including dancers, choreographers, designers, and multi-disciplinary artists.
RDC is constantly working to uplift the St. Louis dance community. We offer programs to support independent artists such as Seen: STL, our Resource Center for Independent Artists, affordable open classes, and the Opportunities tool powered by Connect the Arts. Moreover, we are deeply invested in addressing mental health issues within the dance community. In May, 2021, RDC hosted a Mental Health First Aid Training event to equip local dance organizations with the tools and resources needed to address mental health issues within their own spaces. We furthermore conducted research to hone in on local needs, and built a therapist directory as part of our response. These community programs have served upwards of fifty local artists and over two-hundred beyond St. Louis - and we're just getting started.
RDC incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Missouri on July 1st, 2021 and filed for 501(c)(3) status on December 5th. By taking these steps, we will solidify a sustainable foundation for growth in the St. Louis community, and look forward to expanding the impact of our company model and community programs.
*Photos by Beth Bialecki, Emily Haussler