RDA/Northeast

is one of five Regional Associations of RDA composed of pre-professional non-profit dance companies, troupes, ensembles, and guilds in the Northeastern United States. RDA/Northeast was the second Regional Association for dance established in the US, having hosted our first Festival in 1959. Today, we continue to provide a source of support, encouragement, experience, knowledge, and networking for our member companies. We foster opportunities for dancers, choreographers, and directors to encourage the growth of quality dance in our area.

RDA/Northeast includes the areas of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, along with Washington, D.C.

Meet our Member Companies

Canton Ballet
Cassandra Crowley
Canton, OH


Dayton Dance Conservatory Company
Audra Kucharski
Dayton, OH


Delaware Ballet
Brittany Faulkingham
Dover, DE


Delaware Dance Company
Sunshine Latshaw
Newark, DE

Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre
Sarah Purvis
Erie, PA


Greater Annapolis Ballet
Margaret Russell
Annapolis, MD


Onyx Contemporary Dance Company
Amy Jones
Fairborn, OH


Philadelphia Dance Theatre
Joy Delaney-Capponi
Philadelphia, PA

Providence Creek Ballet Theatre
Stephanie Artigliere
Clayton, DE


South Dayton Dance Theatre
Erin Robbins
Centerville, OH


Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet
Patricia Lavoie
Bedford, NH


Vineland Regional Dance Company
Kimberly Chapman
Vineland, NJ

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RDA/NE Festival 2022

May 14 – 16 in Lancaster, PA

At the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center

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Photo credits, L to R: Heather Papiano, AnnMarie Lidman Photography, Richard Calmes, Heather Papiano, Heather Papiano

History of Regional Dance America / Northeast

Alexi Ramov, artistic director of the Scranton Ballet Guild in Pennsylvania, carried the seed of Dorothy Alexander’s Regional Festival idea home to Pennsylvania, where he and Barbara Weisberger, artistic director of the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theater (now Pennsylvania Ballet), planted and nurtured it with the first Northeast Festival.

 

On May 22-23, 1959, the Scranton Ballet and Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theater co-hosted the first Regional Dance Festival in the Northeast. P.W. Manchester served as Festival Adjudicator. Participating companies included the Holiday Theatre of Newark, Classical Ballet Concert Group of Ottawa, Detroit City Ballet, Cleveland Civic Ballet, First New England Jr., Ballet, New England Civic Ballet, Bethlehem Ballet, and Severo Ballet of Detroit.  Also appearing were the Dayton Civic Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet Guild, Toledo Ballet, and Erie Civic Ballet. Honored guest artists were Prima Ballerina Alexandra Danilova and one of the founders of Modern Dance, Ted Shawn. “Mr. Capezio”, Ben Sommers, also attended.

 

In 1960 George Balanchine attended the second Northeast Regional Festival in Erie, PA. He was moved by the enthusiasm of the twenty companies in attendance and by the interest in ballet generated by the Festival itself. In 1961, Balanchine accompanied Diana Adams, the Festival Adjudicator, viewing the companies in attendance both in class and in performance. Lincoln Kirstein attended the third Northeast Regional Festival, this time held in Dayton, Ohio.

 

In the summer of 1961 Josephine Schwartz took the lead in organizing the first Craft of Choreography Conference (now RDA’s National Choreography Intensive) at Keystone Junior College (now Keystone College) just outside of Scranton, PA. Ms. Schwarz, who had danced professionally with the distinguished modern company Humphrey-Weidman Company, brought a major asset of modern dance to the Choreography Conference:  an emphasis on the making of dance. Up to this time most dance faculty had primarily been staging and adapting existing works. The Choreography Conference grew out of a need for more original choreography.

 

In 1973, the National Association for Regional Ballet (NARB) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in New York, joining the five Regional Dance organizations across the country. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded NARB its first major grant in 1972, and a New York office was opened with Doris Hering as the first executive director. With the regional dance movement taking flight, the 100th Regional Festival took place May 25 – 29, 1983 in Poughkeepsie, New York, hosted by Mid-Hudson Ballet at Vassar College and the Bardavon. In 2007, the second ever National Festival took place in Pittsburgh, PA with over 2,000 attendees.

RDA/Northeast
Regional Board of Directors

President: Patricia Lavoie
Vice President: Sunshine Latshaw
Secretary: Kimberly Chapman
Treasurer: Audra Kucharski
Parliamentarian: Sarah Purvis
RDA Coordinator: Stephanie Artigliere
RDA Representative: Joy Capponi
Membership Chair: Erin Robbins
Adjudication Chair: Patricia Lavoie
Scholarship Co-Chairs: Brittany Faulkingham & Sunshine Latshaw
College Recruiter Chair: Kaitlynd Valentini

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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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