Raison D’être Dance Project with Melissa Smith at Yellowstone Theological Institute

Artistic Space at YTI

By YTI Staff

Fall 2019 Inscribed

Yellowstone Theological Institute is pleased to have groups like Bozeman’s Raison D’être Dance Project regularly making use of our space at 2030 Stadium Drive. It is our desire that while we look forward to the completion of our permanent facilities on 19th, our temporary home will not only meet the educational purposes of the Institute but also serve as a hub for community activity. The studio space is available for community use on evenings and weekends and is ideal for gatherings of 5 to 50 people, smaller-scale dance and music performances and rehearsals, club and business meetings, and more.

Q&A With RDE Artistic Director Erin Levy

Why do you dance?

Erin Levy

The short answer? Because I have to….The long answer? When I dance I can’t think of anything else, my mind is busy moving my body and there is no room for thoughts. It is meditation. It is something that teaches me about myself, what I’m capable of, what I aspire to, and what my boundaries are. It is humbling. It gives me a way to say what I want to say, without knowing what that is. It rewards me with moments of success, it is unpredictable and I fail a lot. It enables me to be an artist and an athlete, and my soul needs that.

What do you love about RDE?

I love that RDE is a platform for a strong group to grow together and combine levels of experience. Together we feel we can do anything, and no idea is too big. It is challenging, but we do things that we never thought were possible. We celebrate what we create, and it feeds our passion.

Have you enjoyed the space at YTI?

We so enjoy the space at YTI, the sprung floor has helped injuries subside, and the marley has been great to dance on. Having the right floor is important to us. We love the windows, we always take a moment to look at the sunset. 🙂


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