how to join RDAP

How to Become a Member of

                                 Regional Dance America Pacific

Long Beach BalletYou may be considered for Performing Membership in RDA/P if . . .

  1. You are a Non-Profit Corporation for at least one year prior to application for membership.
  2. You have at least eight members 13 years or older.
  3. You have given at least two paid performances in the past year (distinct from your school recital or exhibitions or technique or promotional enterprises).
  4. You have sent your Artistic Director or a representative from your artistic staff to at least one Festival sponsored by Regional Dance America.
  5. You have liability insurance coverage that covers your company members during RDA/P Festivals and events.
  6. Pay annual dues or the Artistic Director of any of our member companies to learn more about the exciting benefits of being a member of the nation's most influential organization of ballet companies!

Please Email our Membership Chair to Apply:

Mallory Morrison | Peninsula Dance Theatre

Our Mission
Regional Dance America's mission is to advance and foster the growth and education of dancers, choreographers, directors and dance companies in every community across the United States and Canada.  RDA provides national identity and support for its five regional associations; Mid-states, Northeast, Pacific, Southeast and Southwest.  Development of member companies is further promoted through regional and national festivals by affirming standards of appraisal, evaluation and performance to which all members are held.

Our Vision
We envision a future in which quality dance is an important part of the rich and diverse culture available to all individuals in every community across the United States and Canada.  The pre-professional dance company will be at the core of this future, reaching communities and populations that may not be served by larger, professional companies.  These companies will claim national and international recognition for the standards to which they are held.  Young dancers regardless of geographic boundaries will have access to quality dance performance and training opportunities; choreographers will thrive in enriching settings with all resources necessary to grow and develop into regional, national and international stature.  Regional Dance America will be the national identity for member companies, unifying the five regional associations.

Impact and Demographics
The impact of Regional Dance America is far-reaching.  There are 85 companies and over 3,000 dancers from across the continent who are members of RDA.  Each year, over 1.5 million people in 481 countries attend RDA member performances. Collectively, RDA companies are responsible for generating nearly 36 million dollars within their local community economies.

Alumni of Regional Dance America
RDA Alumni fill the rosters of nearly every major dance company in the world.
Here are just a few:

  • Misty Copeland, Cameron McCune, Sarah Lane - ABT
  • Price Suddarth, Maria Chapman, Carrie Imler - PNB
  • Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin - NYCB
  • Erica Edwards, Kara Zimmerman - Joffrey Ballet
  • Ethan Steifel - Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • Ashley Murphy - Dance Theatre of Harlem

Professional Companies that started as Regional Companies
Mid-states:  MASCO, Harbinger Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre,
Ft. Wayne Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet
Northeast: Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Metropolitan, Boston Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (DCDC), Dayton Ballet, Philadanco, Princeton Ballet
Pacific: Sacramento Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, Central West Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre
Southwest: Dallas Ballet, Ballet Austin, Delta Festival Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Ballet Oklahoma
Southeast: Louisville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet South, Dance Alivel, Southern Ballet Theater, Carolina Ballet, Augusta Ballet

For a more complete list visit our website:

Denise Rinaldi
, Chair
Allison Gustafson, First Vice Chair
Ann Derby, Second Vice Chair/Coordinator
Shayla Bott, Secretary
Mary Simoens, Treasurer
Mallory Morrison, Membership
Jacqueline Colledge, Alternate Coordinator/Standards
Terri Miley, Parliamentarian/By-Laws
David Wilcox, Historian
Mark Borchelt, Member-At-Large
Jacqueline Colledge, Member-At-Large
Robert Kelley, Member-At-Large
Denise Rinaldi, Member-At-Large 
Jan Hurst, Member-At-Large

Honorary Members
Barbara Crockett 

Members in Memoriam
Jan Collum, Honorary (1918-2001)
Lila Zali, Honorary (1917-2003)
Doris Jenkins, (-2004)
Evelyn LeMone, Honorary (1917-2003)
Clare Porter Fred Shadle, (1915-2009)
Patricia Stander (-2009) 

Associate Members
Dr. Frank and Lenore Farese
Deborah Hadley
Terri Miley
Mary Simeons 

Pacific Region Companies

Ballet Yuma

Dance Connection Ballet Company (Palo Alto)
Juline Regional Youth Ballet (Modesto)
Long Beach Ballet
Maple Youth Ballet (Irvine)
Marin Ballet
North Coast Ballet California
Paso Robles Chamber Ballet
Sac Civic Ballet (Sacramento)
Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble
Santa Barbara Festival Ballet
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
South Bay Ballet (Torrance)
State Street Ballet Young Dancers (Santa Barbara)

Idaho Regional Ballet

Brigham Young University Theater Ballet (Provo)
Utah Metropolitan Ballet
Utah Valley University Repertory Ballet Ensemble

Columbia Dance Company (Vancouver)
Mid-Columbia Ballet (Richland)
Peninsula Dance Theatre (Bremerton)

Regional Dance America (RDA) Regions

Pacific Region Map
RDA / Mid-states
RDA/ Northeast
RDA / Pacific
RDA / Southwest
SERBA (Southeastern Regional Ballet Association)