Val Caniparoli Named Director of Choreography for 2016 National Choreography Intensive
Val Caniparoli is one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad, has contributed to the repertories of more than thirty-five dance companies, including the Joffrey Ballet.
Caniparoli began his career under the artistic directorship of Lew Christensen, and in the 1980’s was appointed resident choreographer of San Francisco Ballet. He continues to choreograph for the company under Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.
His extensive knowledge and appreciation of music is reflected in the range of composers that have inspired his choreography including one of his most performed works, Lambarena (Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional African rhythms and music). Caniparoli has also choreographed operas for three of this country’s major companies: Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Caniparoli has been the recipient of many awards including ten grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Choo-San Goh Awards, two Izzies for Outstanding Choreography, an Isadora Duncan Award for Sustained Achievement, and a Benois de la Danse Award nomination. He was also honored to have been selected to choreograph a pas de deux for Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington for the Royal Jubilee Gala for Queen Elizabeth in Toronto.
Born in Renton, Washington, Caniparoli opted for a professional dance career after studying music and theatre at Washington State University. In 1972, he received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend San Francisco Ballet School. He performed with San Francisco Opera Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet in 1973. He continues to perform with the company as a principal character dancer.
RDA Names Adjudicators for 2017 National Festival!
We are pleased to announce the five adjudicators for the National Festival 2017 have been selected! These adjudicators will also be on the teaching faculty for the festival. The five adjudicators are:
RDA Mourns the Loss of Doris Hering
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.
Dancers From RDA Member Companies to Compete at USA IBC
16 year old Daniela Maarraoui will compete in the Junior Division at the International Ballet Competitions, in Jackson, Mississippi, June 14th-28th!
Daniela received her training since the age of four at Margo Marshall School of Ballet in Houston, Texas. She performs with RDA member company, City Ballet of Houston, under the Artistic Direction of Margo Marshall and Mary Beth Arrington. City Ballet of Houston is an Honor Company in the Southwest region of Regional Dance America.
Daniela will be dancing two variations from “Paquita” in the first Round, the Second Round is Trey McIntyre’s compulsory work that all Juniors will perform. For the third round, Daniela will perform Margo Sappington’s “Sirocco” and a variation from Grand Pas Classique.
Mary Beth Arrington and Louis Fuentes have coached Daniela to prepare her for this event.
Joining Daniela are Megan Wilcox (18) and Savannah Louis (17) from Long Beach Ballet. Long Beach Ballet is a member of RDA/Pacific and is under the direction of David Wilcox (yes, he is Megan's dad!). We wish these young competitors the best of luck and know they will be fabulous representatives of RDA!
Over $250,000 in Scholarships Awarded at 2014 Festival
Regional Dance America has reached a new pinnacle in scholarship awards. For the first time scholarships awarded at the festivals has surpassed $250,000. Scholarships were awarded through auditions at the regional festivals to dancers of member companies. The majority of scholarships were awarded for summer study at prestigious dance programs. Additionally, dance merit scholarships were awarded for dancers to attend college and university programs.
Scholarship Amounts per Region
2015 Festivals Set
May 27, 2014
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. The 2015 Regional Festivals have been announced!
Starting off the Festival season will be the Southwest Region, March 26-28 in Monroe, Louisiana hosted by the Louisiana Delta Ballet. Next will be the RDA/MidStates festival, April 16-18 hosted by the MidStates region in Chicago, Illinois. The third festival of the season will be the Southeast region hosted by High Pointe Ballet, April 29-May 3 in Winston-Salem, NC. Following will be the Pacific region who will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of their region. The festival will be held May 10-13 in Sacramento, CA which is the site of the regions very first festival in 1965. The final festival of the season will be the Northeast region in Philadelphia, PA hosted by the Philadelphia Dance Theatre, May 21-23.