CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dance company/school directors across West Virginia are invited to enroll their students in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 2013 statewide dance festival.

Company/school directors have until Jan. 7 to submit applications to the Division. Scholarship and dancers’ applications are due by Jan. 18. Adjudications are scheduled for Feb. 15-17.

The West Virginia State Dance Festival, set for April 19-21, showcases the talents of West Virginia dancers who come to the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston each spring to perform and take classes from nationally acclaimed dance instructors. This will mark the event’s 31st year.

Student applications will be accepted only from directors affiliated with full-time dance establishments in West Virginia.

For more information, contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator, at (304) 558-0220 or by email at

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.