Rockford Dance Company was founded in 1974 by a small group of dance devotees who had a vision for bringing outstanding ballet and modern dance education and training to the Rockford community. As northern Illinois' only regional dance company, RDC transformed the local performing arts community by offering accessible dance education to diverse young people. Some of the 20th century's most notable choreographers and teachers traveled to RDC's studios and stages to provide world-class opportunities to the fledgling company's dancers. Maria Tallchief, first American prima ballerina; Jose Limon, preeminent modern dance choreographer and teacher and Gus Giordano, jazz dance impresario, were just a few of the dance legends who helped establish Rockford Dance Company's reputation for artistic and technical excellence. Under the guidance of co-artistic directors, Jayne Poor and Chuck Hoenes, RDC continued its commitment to providing excellent dance education and performances for the community throughout the 1980's. For the next thirty years, RDC grew dramatically as its reputation attracted a series of outstanding artistic directors, each bringing a new infusion of artistic vision and technical diversity to the company's style and repertoire.