is one of five Regional Associations of RDA composed of pre-professional non-profit dance companies, troupes, ensembles, and guilds in the Southwestern United States. RDA/Southwest was the third Regional Association for dance established in the US, having hosted our first Festival in 1963. Today, we continue to nurture the talents of dancers and choreographers throughout our area while promoting artistic excellence through education, choreography, and performing opportunities.

RDA/Southwest includes the areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Meet our Member Companies

Abilene Ballet Theatre
Nancy Gore, Lisa Etter
Abilene, TX

Allegro Ballet of Houston
Glenda Brown, Vanessa Brown
Houston, TX

Arkansas Festival Ballet
Rebecca Miller Stalcup
Little Rock, AR

Michael Banigan, Dianne Jarrell
Sugar Land, TX

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
Sharon Mathews, Molly Buchmann
Baton Rouge, LA

Chamberlain Ballet
Kathy Chamberlain
Plano, TX

City Ballet of Houston
Mary Elizabeth, Luis Fuente Arrington
Houston, TX

Collin County Ballet Theatre
Kirt Hathaway
Plano, TX

Corpus Christi Ballet
Cristina Munro
Corpus Christi, TX

Dallas Ballet Company
Brent and Judy Klopfenstein
Dallas, TX

Festival Ballet Albuquerque
Patricia Dickinson
Albuquerque, NM

Juxtapose Arts Collective
Heather Steele
Houston, TX

Kingwood Dance Theatre
Sheryl Rowland
Kingwood, TX

Louisiana Delta Ballet
Missy Crain
Monroe, LA

Midland Festival Ballet
Judy Coleman, Susan Clark
Midland, TX

Twin City Ballet Company
Linda L. Ford
Monroe, LA

Victoria Ballet Theatre
Debbe Busby
Victoria, TX

Western Arkansas Ballet
Melissa Schoenfeld
Fort Smith, AR


RDA/SW Festival 2022

March 10 – 12 in Richardson, TX

At the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

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Photo credits, L to R: Jackson & Sons, Richard Calmes, Richard Calmes, Richard Calmes, Jackson & Sons

History of Regional Dance America / Southwest

On April 18-19, 1963, the Austin Ballet Society directed by Barbara Carson hosted the first Southwestern Regional Festival in Austin, Texas.  The participating companies were the Amarillo Civic Ballet, Houston Civic Ballet, Houston Youth Symphony Ballet, Tulsa Civic Ballet, and Dallas Civic Ballet.  Southwestern Regional Ballet Association, which later became RDA/Southwest, was established.


With great support from the RDA National Board and member companies from across the country, Glenda Brown, Artistic Director of Allegro Ballet of Houston, served as the Festival Host for the first RDA National Festival in Houston, Texas in 1997. The event was a major milestone for RDA. Nearly 100 RDA Member Companies – represented by 1,500 dancers and 500 artistic directors, teachers, chaperones, and board members – attended five full days of classes, seminars, performances, scholarship auditions, and networking events. The success of the festival inspired RDA to establish a regular calendar for organizing and presenting national festivals that would bring together dancers from all the regions.

Regional Board of Directors

President: Missy Crain
Vice President: Cristina Munro
Secretary: Kelly Agnew
Treasurer: Kathy Chamberlain
Parliamentarian: Molly Buchmann
RDA Coordinator: Melissa Schoenfeld
RDA Representative: Mary Beth Arrington
Membership Chair: Meredith Zachritz
Adjudication Chair: Missy Crain
Scholarship Chair: Michael Bannigan
Festival Chair: Kirt Hathaway

Professional Companies that began as members of RDA/Southwest:

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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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