SERBA is one of five divisions of Regional Dance America (RDA), a national association of dance companies founded in 1988 to promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States. There are over 85 companies and over 3,000 dancers from across the national who are members of RDA. The organization offers instruction, scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. An annual SERBA festival is held each spring and hosted by one of eighteen SERBA member companies. Festivals each year bring over 700 dancers, directors, choreographers, and professional support personnel along with nationally recognized instructors and musicians together.
The annual SERBA festivals are the focal point of the entire regional ballet movement. Each year member companies meet in a host city and spend four days sharing all aspects of the art of dance. Classes are taught by world renowned teachers in ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, variations, pas de deux, hip hop, and more. Dancers are often given seminars on theatrical make-up, nutrition, injury prevention, and tips on auditions for summer programs and for companies. The exchange makes each festival a growing experience like no other. Festivals also serve as a public showcase for the best work done each year by member companies. Standards are maintained by the use of impartial adjudicators, who view the ballets and choose those of the highest merit. Representatives of America’s professional companies often attend festival to look for potential talent.
2014 SERBA Festival
May 1-3, 2014
Alabama Dance Theatre and
Southeast Alabama Dance Company
Adjudicator: Leslie Jane Pessemier