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.

 

2018 Pacific Region Festival

Congratulations to the Senior Company for earning Honor Company status at the Festival!  This acknowledgement is due to Adjudicator James Sutton's evaluation of our work at both the Adjudication as well as the Festival performance of Robert Kelley's "Pivot" as well as Flora Chatwin's emerging work "Good For Nothin' Charm".  

The Festival was an amazing experience of camaraderie and education and featured the most memorable dance instructors ever assembled in one place.  Congratulations to all of our dancers who participated with aplomb … you will use this inspired information with you throughout your entire lives. 

Congratulations to Maya Colehower for earning a scholarship to the New York Dance Project, and to Skye Shook for her acceptance to the Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive Program.  Our dancers were also encouraged to apply to dance departments at Brigham Young University, UC Santa Barbara, The Juilliard School and USC Glorya Kauffman.

 

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

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