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2013 National Choreography Intensive, July 22 through August 2, Utah Valley University. Provo, UT
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Regional Dance America
Regional Dance America’s mission is to advance and foster the growth and education of dancers, choreographers, directors and dance companies in every community across the United States and Canada. RDA provides a national identity and support for its five regional associations; MidStates, Northeast, Pacific, Southeast and Southwest. Development of member companies is further promoted through regional and national festivals by affirming standards of appraisal, evaluation and performance to which all members are held.
We envision a future in which quality dance is an important part of the rich and diverse culture available to all individuals in every community across the United States and Canada. The pre-professional dance company will be at the core of this future, reaching communities and populations that may not be served by larger, professional companies. These companies will claim national and international recognition for the standards to which they are held. Young dancers regardless of geographic boundaries will have access to quality dance performance and training opportunities; choreographers will thrive in enriching settings with all resources necessary to grow and develop into regional, national and international stature. Regional Dance America will be the national identity for member companies, unifying the five regional associations.
Celebrating over 50 Years of Regional Dance in America!
For over fifty years, the National Association for Regional Ballet and now Regional Dance America have dedicated themselves to nurturing dance as a performing art regardless of style in every American city.
Fifty years ago…
Fifty years ago, only audiences in a few metropolitan centers could enjoy dance, beautifully and powerfully performed.
Regional companies have grown in stature and quality nationwide. The national organization has had an enormous impact on dance and its decentralization in this country. Over three hundred companies, including more than two-dozen nationally recognized professional groups have been member companies. Regional companies exist in nearly every corner of the United States.
The impact of Regional Dance America is far-reaching:
- 85 companies
- Over 3,000 dancers from across the nation
- over 1.5 million people in 481 counties attend RDA member performances.
Not only do RDA companies provide their communities with high-quality dance productions, they contribute to their community’s economic well-being. Collectively, RDA companies are responsible for generating nearly 36 million dollars within their local community economies.
More importantly, out of the regional movement comes a steady stream of dance professionals. They are enriching our nation and the world. They will continue to do so in the years ahead. They are the future.