Regional Dance America

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre has been a proud member of Regional Dance America since 1988, consistently maintaining the high standards required of the Pacific Region.  

Click HERE to see a film about the Pacific Region of RDA.

Regional Dance America (RDA) was founded in 1988 to promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States, continuing the important work that was started in 1956 by the National Association of Regional Ballet (NARB).  NARB contributed to the decentralization of dance and, under its auspices, regional companies grew in stature and quality nationwide. The five regional organizations of RDA (Mid-States, Northeast, Pacific, Southeast and Southwest) were established under the guidance of the NARB. Over 200 companies, including more than 2 dozen nationally recognized professional groups, have been NARB or RDA member companies. The main objectives of RDA are to promote its mission on a national level, to define and maintain the artistic standards of quality to which the regional organizations are held, and to provide uniformity of major policies amongst five regions.

Every year in each of the regions, member companies share four days of classes, lectures, seminars and social events. Evening performances are held showcasing the member companies, demonstrating the growth they have achieved throughout the year. Since 1990, RDA has been honored to sponsor an exhibition performance at the USA International Ballet Competition held every four years in Jackson, Mississippi. RDA’s most significant project is its sponsorship of the annual Choreography Intensive (formerly Craft of Choreography Conference). Through this program, RDA focuses on the development of the fundamental underpinnings of the art of dance – choreographers and dancers.

RDA has and will continue to be an organization dedicated to promoting the artistic development of regional dance companies throughout the United States.

Visit the RDA/P website.



The 2017 Festival will be a National Festival with all five regions participating and will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.  This will be just the fourth National event in the 60 years of RDA.   86 RDA companies and over 2,000 dancers will participate!  Observers and volunteers are welcome to attend.  Our Senior Company will represent Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre in performance Friday, May 5 at the Phoenix Symphony Hall.  Jeffrey Gribler is the Adjudicator for the Pacific Region and has chosen Eva Stone's "End of a Year" for performance.

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Click on the logo above to learn more about the 2017 National Festival. 

For more information about Regional Dance America, click HERE to go to the official website of the national organization.




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