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 each spring when nationally recognized adjudicators tour the regions to select works by member companies and arrange festival programs. The adjudicators provide constructive feedback to member companies to elevate their accomplishments. The season culminates at the festivals, where participants attend master classes, seminars, and college roundtables during the day, as well as perform each evening. Dancers from member companies are seen by college and professional training program recruiters and have the opportunity to audition for awards and scholarships. Member company directors network with well-known dance educators and choreographers.

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

New to our 2019 festivals is the RDA Outstanding Soloist Program! This program furthers the development and growth of young RDA dancers by creating new discovery opportunities at each festival through solo performances.

2019 Regional Festivals

Regional Dance America/Southwest
March 28-30
Albuquerque, NM
Adjudicator: Rosine Bena


Regional Dance America/Southeast
May 2-4
Athens, GA
Adjudicator: Thom Clower


Regional Dance America/MidStates
May 24-26
Lawrence, KS
Adjudicator: Jeffrey Gribler


Regional Dance America/Northeast
May 24-26
Erie, PA
Adjudicator: Mads Eriksen

Support Our Festivals

We invite you to explore the many options you have for participation in Regional Dance America’s festivals. When you become a sponsor, you gain

  • ACCESS to thousands of highly trained, extremely dedicated pre-professional dancers
  • EXPOSURE to a select group of renowned dance educators
  • VISIBILITY to thousands more dance enthusiasts
  • INCLUSION in a national marketing and advertising campaign

Choose the best way for your business to participate:

  • numerous sponsorship opportunities at all levels
  • vendor/display space
  • brochure and product placement
  • souvenir program sponsorship

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