Napa Regional Dance Company was founded in 1988, with a mission to provide excellent dance training and education, while promoting dance as an art form. Its instructors have performed with such groups as American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Oakland Ballet, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory.
NRDC currently offers a year-round curriculum for boys and girls in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and choreography, in addition to several performance opportunities per year. The annual production of the classical ballet The Nutcracker is presented to the Napa Valley Community during the holiday season, and a year-end Student Showcase, presenting repertoire of classical and contemporary dance works, is held each spring. NRDC offers educational outreach programs to schools in the area through lecture demonstrations. NRDC made its Festival Napa Valley debut in 2016 with a special program prepared by the students and faculty of its 2016 Summer Intensive.
Wanda Martin McGill has been teaching Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance in the Bay Area and Napa Valley for the past thirty years. She received her professional dance education with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City and studied contemporary dance at The Alvin Ailey School and Lines Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco. McGill holds graduate level K-12 and Community College credentials in Fine Art and Dance. She has taught at Napa and Solano Colleges and has been a member of the dance faculty at Diablo Valley College since 1981. She directed her own contemporary ballet company, Visual Moves, which performed in the Bay Area, and she has produced numerous dance productions for the colleges and the community. McGill continues to provide professional dance education to hundreds of students each year and maintains the business operations for Napa Regional Dance Company.