Regional Dance America, RDA, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is elevating the future of dance in America – giving dancers experience and directors perspective. Through the annual adjudication process, regional and national festivals, and the National Choreography Intensive, RDA inspires a community of excellence in dance education and performance.

Support from our extended RDA network enables our programs to thrive – please consider making a donation today. Together, we reach beyond.

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Quality dance is an important part of the rich and diverse culture available to all individuals in every community across North America. The pre-professional dance company is at the core; reaching communities and populations that may not be served by larger, professional companies. As members of Regional Dance America, these companies claim national and international recognition for the standards to which they are held. Young dancers regardless of geographic boundaries have access to quality dance training and performance opportunities, plus over $10.5 million+ in program scholarships and recruitment offers; choreographers thrive in enriching settings with all resources necessary to grow and develop into regional, national and international stature.

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NATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY INTENSIVE

First held as The Summer Choreography Conference, RDA’s National Choreography Intensive was developed in 1961 under the guidance of Josephine Schwarz, artistic director of Dayton Civic Ballet. Over the years, national interest and funding from the NEA and other sources have brought great success to the conference. The intensive is a unique experience for dancers and choreographers.

For dancers, daily master classes enrich training in many genres of dance while afternoon work with new choreographers provides depth and understanding for nightly performance showcases. For choreographers, daily exploration of choreography concepts with NCI’s Directors of Choreography and Music followed by afternoon choreography rehearsals filled with dancers, space, and time enables choreographers to hone their craft and develop their choreographic voice.

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