Festivals

Important Regional Dance America Update:

Regional Dance America has as its top priority the health and well-being of its staff, faculty, and dancers. Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), RDA and our Regions actively monitored a variety of sources for the latest updates on COVID-19. After much thought and discussion, RDA/Southwest, RDA/Southeast, and RDA/Northeast each made the difficult decisions to cancel their 2020 Festivals out of concern for the health and safety of all Festival participants.

 

RDA is providing online alternatives for some of our most cherished Festival opportunities! RDA is facilitating an online audition process for the distribution of scholarship and recruitment opportunities, which supports dancers from Regions who were unable to attend a 2020 Festival. We are introducing our dancers and directors to our generous sponsors in interactive online events. Our program sponsors’ artwork can be found at any time just below here in our first ever online thank-you program. We continue to strive to connect recruiters, scholarship donors, and dancewear companies with our dancers, directors, faculty, and staff throughout the US!

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.

More information about our 2021 Regional Festivals coming soon…

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.

Regional Dance America thanks our 2020 Sponsors

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