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 is at the core; reaching communities and populations that may not be served by larger, professional companies. As members of Regional Dance America, these companies claim national and international recognition for the standards to which they are held. Young dancers regardless of geographic boundaries have access to quality dance performance, training opportunities and over $250,000 in scholarships annually; choreographers thrive in enriching settings with all resources necessary to grow and develop into regional, national and international stature. Regional Dance America is the national identity for member companies, unifying the five regional associations.
RDA Dancers Set to Compete at USA/IBC
RDA Awards $250,000 in Scholarships at 2014 Festivals!
Alexandra Zaharias and LouAnn Young Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from RDA/MidStates
2015 Festival Dates Announced!
Photo credits for header images, from left to right: Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Lynne Owen, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Eduardo Patino/NYC, State Street Ballet Young Dancers, Allegro Ballet of Houston, Ballet Yuma
Doris Hering was the Executive Director of the National Association for Regional Ballet, the predecessor of Regional Dance America. She was instrumental in spreading the word about the regional dance movement from its inception.
She has been described as ''One of our most perceptive dance writers; her criticism displays her wide-ranging interest in all aspects of dance, traditional and experimental.'' Recognizing the promise of dance throughout the United States, she became an articulate voice and tireless fighter for the growth of companies large and small.
"Doris Hering joined the staff of Dance Magazine in January 1945 and rose to Senior Editor, contributing graceful, accurate reviews for six decades, thereby establishing a record that is unmatched for duration and integrity." (Camille Hardy)
She was awarded the Dance Magazine award in 1985 and the
Dance Critics Association Senior Critic Award in 2002.
Regional Dance America will forever be grateful for her contributions and dedication to dance in America.
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