is one of five Regional Associations of RDA composed of pre-professional non-profit dance companies, troupes, ensembles, and guilds in the Central United States. Our first Festival took place in 1972, providing exposure for dancers, choreographers, and companies in our area. Today, we continue to recognize, appraise, and promote the work of our member companies and encourage the growth of high quality dance education, performance, and administration in our area and around the country.

RDA/MidStates includes the areas of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Meet our Member Companies

Ballet Eclectica – Center of Creative Arts
Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Saint Louis, MO

Dance Wisconsin
JoJean Retrum
Madison, WI

Eisenhower Dance Detroit Youth Ensemble
Judy Milner
Rochester, MI

Elevations Studio Company
Julianne Deitz, Catie Deitz-Griffith
Elburn, IL

Forum Dance Theatre
Catie Deitz-Griffith
Libertyville, IL

Greater Lansing Ballet
Jim McEwan
Lansing, MI

Kansas Ballet
Stephanie Heston, Alexander Smirnov
Topeka, KS

Lawrence Ballet Theatre
Cynthia Crews
Lawrence, KS

New Paradigm Dance Theater
Julia Wilkinson-Manley
Westminster, CO

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Dancers, directors, choreographers, and chaperones will represent RDA/MidStates at the upcoming RDA National Festival

Daytona Beach, Florida

April 24 – 27, 2024!

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Photo credits, L to R: Paul Retzlaff, Richard Calmes, Beth Skogen, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

History of Regional Dance America / MidStates

On April 14-15, 1972, Tom Steinhoff of the Kansas City Civic Ballet (now Kansas City Ballet) hosted the first Regional Dance Festival in the MidStates. Initial companies included Christopher Ballet, DuPage Ballet, Kalamazoo Junior Ballet, Suburban Concert Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Harbinger of Detroit, St. Joseph Modern Dance Theatre, Jordan Dance Theatre, Wisconsin Ballet, Dieman-Bennett Dance Theatre of the Hemispheres, Omaha Ballet, and St. Louis Dance Theatre. These companies from eleven neighboring states gathered at the Festival to take classes, audition, and perform at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Music Hall.


The MidStates Region came into being at an exciting time in the regional dance movement. It joined with the four other Regional Dance organizations in 1973, and the National Association for Regional Ballet (NARB) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the work of NARB in providing an ambience for America’s decentralized dance companies and awarded NARB its first major grant. A New York office was opened with Doris Hering as the first executive director, whose efforts fostered the growth of many national initiatives. NARB helped bolster the growth and development of the MidStates regional organization.

Regional Board of Directors

President: Cynthia Crews
Vice President: Stephanie Heston
Secretary: Julianne Deitz
Treasurer: Catie Deitz-Griffith
Parliamentarian: Jim Mc Ewan
RDA Coordinator: Stephanie Heston
RDA Representative: JoJean Retrum
Membership Chair: JoJean Retrum
Adjudication Chair: Stephanie Heston
Scholarship & Recruiter Chair: Cynthia Crews

Professional Companies that began as members of RDA/MidStates:

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RDA membership offers so many opportunities for pre-professional dance companies to learn, work, and grow. We continually strive to evolve the national organization including connecting with new companies who share fresh ideas.

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