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Jarrett Rashad Dance Theater


JRDT is a multimedia and multidiscipline performance group comprising internationally renowned independent artists and movement specialists from various backgrounds. Led by artistic director Jarrett Rashad, JRDT emphasizes a mission of both athleticism and accessibility.

The JRDT aesthetic is recognized by its story driven combination of worldly, classical, circus, and urban techniques paired with innovative locations and technology. Our works range from full-length productions to repertory pieces. 

JRDT is a Black, LGBTQ-owned and operated organization that practices and promotes inclusivity. 


JRDT offers a pathway for young performing artist to turn their passion into a career through quality performing arts-based educational programs for schools and communities. We advance the art of storytelling and promote holistic fitness by creating new, innovative experiences to connect and grow communities. From the park district to the international stage, we enrich lives through the performing arts.


JRDT was created as a mentorship program to provide training, guidance, and opportunities to young minority artists in at-risk communities with a passion for pursuing a career in the performing arts. This organization has been the lifelong pursuit of Jarrett Rashad as a child of the at-risk community of Austin on Chicago’s west side. He knows 1st hand the struggles of a young artist and is uniquely certified to bring world-class education to communities that often do not provide a safe place for creative endeavors. Jarrett Rashad Dance Theater is committed to getting and sharing the immense transformative power of the performing arts. 

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