About the Regional Festivals
"Art does not flourish in isolation. It grows in an atmosphere of candor and sharing. By attending festivals RDA member companies gain a wider perspective about their current level and their potential for progress.
The festivals are essentially performing events each hosted by an individual company or region which draws upon the resources of the local community. Each spring the process begins when nationally recognized adjudicators tour the regions to select works by participating companies and arrange festival programs. Each company receives a written report about its own offerings as well as those of the other members. For those in isolated communities where there is no informed dance press, the adjudication reports are especially valuable.
The culmination of the season is the festival where the dancers perform and take classes while the directors and board members share ideas and network. Tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded at each festival to dancers for study at prestigious summer programs. Additionally, major professional companies, colleges and universities scout for their future talent.
A National Festival is held every four or five years, bringing together all member companies for five days of classes and performances. National Festivals serve to further the national identity of RDA and its member companies. They also help to bring an even greater perspective, inspiring the growth and development of the dancers, choreographers, directors, companies and the national organization as a whole."- RDA
The Festival is the year's grand finale. Each year in the spring member companies meet at a host city and spend four days sharing all aspects of the art of dance.
Classes are held in ballet, jazz, pointe, character, modern and pas de deux. Seminars are held on theatrical make-up, nutrition, dance injury prevention, musicality, and other dance related subjects taught by professionals in their fields.
Performances are held each evening, showcasing the member companies and giving them the chance to show the growth they have achieved throughout the year. An impartial adjudicator, renowned in the field of dance, selects the works. Through the adjudication process, Artistic Directors are given constructive criticism by the adjudicator which is designed to help maintain the high standards of Regional Dance and promote the further growth and development of the companies, directors and dancers.