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.


2017 National Festival

Congratulations to the Senior Company for earning Honor Company status at the Festival!  This acknowledgement is due to Adjudicator Jeffrey Gribler's evaluation of our work at both the Adjudication as well as the Festival performance of Eva Stone's "End of a Year".  Thank you to Mads Eriksen for assisting Jeffrey in his assessment at the Festival. 

Several Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Company dancers were recognized by prestigious college and university dance programs at the Festival.  Congratulations dancers! 

Congratulations to Robert Kelley for winning his eighth RDA Choreography Recognition Award for "Barcarola Veneziana" performed by South Bay Ballet!




RDA/Pacific Festival 2018 will be held in Spokane, Washington April 10-13.  The Senior Company will represent SCBT with a piece chosen for performance by Adjudicator James Sutton.

Special thanks to The Dream Inn for sponsoring the Pacific Tour of our Adjudicator!



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




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