The Ballet Alliance

an association of pre-professional companies

The former Regional Dance America/Pacific Region member companies have recently formed The Ballet Alliance, securing the future for dancers yet to come.  Our companies value rigorous training methods and innovative choreography, which benefit the education of our dancers.  We look to the future as an organization that values education over all else.  Our member Artistic Directors cooperate each spring to host an annual Festival, as we have done each year.  The Festival is a wonderful experience for our dancers, where they take master classes, perform, and forge new relationships.  Our members will ensure that scholarships to world-class ballet schools, contracts to professional companies and acceptance to prestigious college and university dance programs will continue to be available to our dancers at each Festival.  

 

Festival Mosaic 2021

Instead of a traditional Festival in the spring of 2021, member directors are planning a series of events which will take place throughout the entire season.  This fall, a College and University Dance Programs webinar will be offered for our Company dancers.  This informative event will include information on different programs, including curriculum, cost, what they are looking for in dancers and how to apply.  In 2021, member companies will be evaluated by an Adjudicator.  Classwork will be presented in the manner best suited to each company, their location, and the phase of Covid protocol they are in.  Virtually or in-person, an esteemed panel of Adjudicators will give valuable feedback regarding training methods, dancers technique and artistry.  An Emerging Choreography Showcase and Competition will be held.  Two different categories of new work will be evaluated and mentoring opportunities will be available.  The categories are (1) traditional stage/studio choreography, and (2) site-specific works.  Lastly, our dancers' growth culminates in an array of master classes in the spring of 2021.  

 

 

Our association with the National Association for Regional Ballet and Regional Dance America

The National Association of Regional Ballet (NARB) was established in 1956.  NARB contributed to the decentralization of dance and, under its auspices, regional companies grew in stature and quality nationwide.  Over time, five regions were formed.  Over 200 companies, including more than 2 dozen nationally recognized professional groups, have been NARB or RDA member companies.  Regional Dance America (RDA) was founded in 1988 to continue the work of NARB and promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre was a proud member of Regional Dance America/Pacific from 1988 to 2018, and continues to be dedicated to the regional ballet movement through The Dance Alliance. 

 

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