Festivals

A limitless world of promise for our artists.

RDA Festivals inspire artistic and personal growth, creativity, and excellence!

RDA member companies gather in their regions annually for three-day-long Festivals, each hosted by a member company or jointly hosted by the region. Over 1500 dancers from 60 regional companies, 300 parents, 100 artistic directors and staff members, and nearly 100 faculty members and musicians attend the annual Festivals.

The Making of a Regional Festival

The exciting process begins with the annual RDA Adjudication Tour. In the early spring, highly esteemed Adjudicators tour the RDA Regions to watch each member company take class and present choreography. The Adjudicator provides constructive feedback to member companies to elevate their accomplishments and selects works to be presented at the Regional Festival. The season culminates at the Regional Festival, where participants attend master classes, seminars, and college roundtables during the day, as well as perform each evening. Member company dancers are seen by college and professional training program recruiters and have the opportunity to audition for awards and scholarships. Dancers and company directors network with professionals in the areas of dance education and choreography, sports medicine, and more.

For over 60 years, RDA has nurtured and provided opportunities for emerging and seasoned choreographers. RDA highlights budding new talent during Emerging Choreographer Showcases, and it awards choreographers who present the most outstanding works at the festivals. Choreographers and dancers alike can receive scholarships to RDA’s annual National Choreography Intensive.

Outstanding Soloists

The newest addition to the annual Adjudication is the RDA Outstanding Soloist Program! We look forward to 2020, as we continue working to enrich this amazing program that furthers the development and growth of young RDA dancers by creating new discovery opportunities at each festival through solo performances.

2020 Regional Festivals

Regional Dance America/MidStates
March 8 – 10
Indianapolis, IN
Adjudicator: Lisa Slagle


Regional Dance America/Southwest
March 26 – March 28
Fort Smith, AR
Adjudicator
: Jill Bahr


Regional Dance America/Southeast
April 30 – May 2
Montgomery, AL
Adjudicator: Carol Anglin


Regional Dance America/Northeast
May 14 – May 16
Dayton, OH
Adjudicator: Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford

Support Our Festivals

There are many ways to get involved with Regional Dance America!

BECOME A SPONSOR OF RDA
RDA Festivals provide ESSENTIAL VENUES where thousands of dancers, parents, artistic directors, executive directors, dance faculty members, choreographers, and musicians from across the United States gather for three days of master classes, performances, and networking events. Get involved, support our programs, and reach our audience and beyond!

RECRUIT AND/OR OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS
RDA Festivals offer ACCESS to thousands of highly trained, extremely dedicated pre-professional dancers who are eager to explore training opportunities. Connect your summer program, college or university program, and trainee or professional contract opportunities with our dancers and companies. RDA has robust recruitment and scholarship programs… get involved!

ATTEND A FESTIVAL AS A GUEST
Festivals are the heart and soul of RDA. EXPERIENCE one of the greatest highlights of RDA membership by attending a Festival as a guest before your company evaluates for membership.

Ready to become a member and open new doors for your organization?