RDA festival Southeast Region
Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:34 PM
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:24 PM
The faculty was top notch. DD loved Judy Rice, Jennifer Medina, Thom Clower, Wes Chapman, Joshua Allen (as mentioned earlier in the thread - winner of "So You Think You Can Dance") and Nick Drago (from "Step It Up and Dance")
Each performance - Thursday's Emerging Choreographer, Friday's Festival Concert Performance, and Saturday's Gala - showcased the companies personalities. Ms. Sappington's selections ranged from the most serious ballet to intense modern to fun jazz. It was a real pleasure to be in the audience. We have some very talented dancers in our region!
I was a chaperone and have not recovered... but it was definitely worth the lack of sleep.
Posted 28 March 2010 - 10:59 AM
We are really looking foward to SERBA, now that the 'tornado' known as March at our studio is over! It's certainly been a whirlwind to get here!
We adjudicated 3 pieces a couple of weeks ago, plus 2 emerging choreographer pieces. Richard Rein, the adjudicator for our area, was extremely nice and the girls all liked him very much!
We are very hopeful about the pieces, the dancers did a terrific job, and look forward to sharing the results any day now.
We have a very large number of dancers attending SERBA this year. So looking forward to it!
Posted 31 March 2010 - 01:16 PM
We have one emerging choreography piece done by one of our dancers that has been accepted and one piece will be on Gala night. I am looking forward to this time with my daughter and this experience. I hope we will be able to do it often.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 10:21 PM
Us too! We'll be on Gala night and also have an emerging choreography piece on Thursday. DD is lucky enough to be in both. It will make the trip extra special (I'm a chaperone too). But the experience as a whole is wonderful! The dancers just get immersed and it's a lot of fun to watch! my younger DD is disappointed because she just missed our AD's cutoff to attend. She can't wait to go and be able to take classes! I am looking forward to being with my dance mom pals and relaxing!
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 09:23 PM
I felt you could feel the affect of the economy a bit. There seemed to be fewer than normal companies there awarding scholarships. I heard a lot of talk amongst directors about the strain of the economy and how it affects how they can manage their dancers. I wondered if there was a smaller teaching staff than normal, as some classes seemed a little crowded.
All and all, I think it was a good event. The venue was very nice and convenient. The Thursday night Emerging Choreographers Showcase was better than normal. The other two nights had high points and low points. There were a lot of big special effects this year.
I'm hoping Richard Calmes was there taking photos again. He usually creates a great photo gallery of the week. We'll watch his site to see...
Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:28 AM
I had a great experience. My DD loved it. Exceptional teachers and amazing dancers. The shows were fantastic! I was amazed at the talent. I personally took over 700 photos!!!
Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:21 PM
There wasn't a videographer going around to classes this year either - guess the economy took it's toll in that way too.
It was another great time in High Point! I do agree - Emerging Choreographer night was extremely promising! The other 2 nights had their highs and lows - and an extemely interesting mix of genres. I would say Gala night was my favorite and had the most pointe pieces - and the talent was truly wonderful! A lot of the costumes were just wonderful also! The teachers were excellent - my daughter could NOT pick a favorite - she really liked them all. The time just flew by and I can't believe it's over...!