Learn About Membership

Connect to our nationwide dance network

Regional Dance America, RDA, is a national nonprofit organization of pre-professional dance companies. We bring together our Member Companies in diverse geographic regions for on-site and virtual events, master classes, workshops, and high-caliber performances.

Highlights of the upcoming 2021 season for RDA Member Companies include:

    • RDA’s signature Scholarship and Recruitment Process for dancers and choreographers,
    • Adjudication Tours to provide helpful feedback for companies from world class professionals,
    • RDA Regional Festivals filled with master classes, seminars, networking events, roundtables, and performances, and
    • RDA’s 60th annual summer intensive, the National Choreography Intensive.

You don’t want to miss out! RDA Membership is more accessible than ever with our NEW virtual evaluation process! Learn more about evaluating for membership virtually  or get approved for virtual evaluation today!

HIGHLIGHTS OF RDA MEMBERSHIP

1500 Dancers, 300 Parents,
200 Directors & Faculty

 

$300,000+ in Program Scholarships

 

$2 Million in Year-round Offers

 

Valuable Feedback on Teaching and Choreography 

 

Master Classes with Renowned Faculty

 

High-caliber Performances

 

Annual On-site & Virtual Opportunities

Our Membership Structure

Regional Dance America (RDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings a unifying voice for our regional member companies throughout the United States.

 

Our memberships are grouped into five Regions – MidStates, Northeast, Pacific, Southeast, and Southwest. To join RDA, individual nonprofit dance companies, ensembles, groups, troupes, or guilds evaluate for membership in the RDA Region that represents their geographic location.

MidStates: Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Pacific*: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah.

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the territory of Puerto Rico.

Southwest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

*Until the Pacific Region holds a Festival, companies from the Pacific Region may participate in Festivals of any other Region. 

2021 REGIONAL FESTIVALS

We have many on-site and virtual events coming up in 2021 – let us know what you’re interested in attending!

Regional Dance America/Southeast
April 22 – 24 in Montgomery, AL
Adjudicator: Carol Anglin

Regional Dance America/Southwest
April 22 – 24 in Corpus Christi, TX
Adjudicator: Lori Bodine

Regional Dance America/MidStates
April 29 – May 1 in Skokie (Chicago), IL
Adjudicator: Armando Luna

Regional Dance America/Northeast 
May 20 – 22 in Dayton, OH
Adjudicator: Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford

Receive regional and national exposure, credibility, and prestige!

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR DANCERS

Perform for new communities and audiences around the country through RDA Regional and National Festivals!

Choreography exposure by emerging artists, award-winning choreographers, and highly esteemed professional dance educators.

Participate in exclusive on-site and virtual master classes in a wide variety of dance techniques taught by the country’s leading professionals.

Meet & Network with other dancers from around the country who share the same passion and dedication to their artform.

Scholarships awarded annually totaling $300,000+ in program scholarships and $2 million+ in year-round offers.

Jump-start careers with auditions for top summer, winter & year-round dance programs, including college and university programs.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR DIRECTORS

Participate in a private annual Adjudication where your company is seen and given valuable feedback by a professional Adjudicator.

Network with key individuals and peers to share goals and invaluable information on all aspects of directing a company, including internal structuring, best practices & funding advice.

Work with professionals in dance education and choreography, sports medicine, and higher education.

Observe master classes, auditions, and high caliber performances at RDA Festivals where your students are seen by their peers, recruiters, and members of the national dance community.

Learn more from the 2020-2021 RDA Membership Brochure.

Ready to start the virtual evaluation process?