May 2-6, 2017 Phoenix, AZ
For only the fourth time in it's sixty year history, Regional Dance America will be gathering on a national level for one, five day dance festival. The five regions of the United States - Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, MidStates and Pacific - will bring 86 companies and 2,000 dancers to Phoenix, Arizona in May of 2017. The festival will feature masterclasses by world - renowned faculty, five evenings of performances and seminars for dancers, directors, board members, guild members and costumers.
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 festval 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 to dancers in each region for study at prestigious summer programs and the National Choreography Intensive. And major professional companies, colleges and universities scout for their future talent.
A National Festival is held every 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.