Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

       Central Conference      


Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Saturday, March 22, 2014

Northeastern Illinois University
Dance Program
3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60659
United States

Map and Directions
Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 ACDFA Central Conference.

Following are the schools and dances selected for invitation to
the National College Dance Festiv

Indiana University, Minor Bodies
Choreographer:  Elizabeth Shea (faculty)

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Tricheur, Menteur, Voleur
Choreographer:  Gary Abbot (faculty)

Wichita State University, Anam Chana
Choreographer: Cheyla Clawson (faculty)

Webster University, Worn
Choreographer:  Jessica Manker (undergraduate) 

Northern Illinois University, Let the Groove Get In
Choreographers:  DK Bardlette and Derrick Judkkins (undergraduates)


*ROOM CHANGE: All classes scheduled to meet in PE 2140 will meet in SU 003 for the entire conference.
*LUNCH RECEPTION FOR FACULTY ONLY: Provost Helldobler will be hosting faculty in the library after the ACDFA Membership Meeting on Thursday for a lunch reception and dance
* Rescheuled: Faculty Only Presentation: Dance Paradigms: Sign up at the registration desk if interested in attending. The class will meet in SU-003 on Saturday during lunch 12:15-1:15pm. Bring your lunch.
*Added Event:
Improv Jam- Friday 11:30a-12:30p in FA 141


The following pieces have been selected for the Gala Performance:

Minor Bodies, Indiana University
clear view falling
, Purdue University
Let the Groove Get In
, Northern Illinois University
, Ball State University
, University of Missouri-Kansas City


This is not an experiment
, Wichita State University
Webster University,
, Lindenwood University
Anam Chana,
Wichita State University,
Tricheur, Menteur, Voleur
, University of Missouri-Kansas City

The tech schedule for the Gala is below. 
Please report to backstage dressing rooms 15 minutes prior to tech time.

2:40-3:00:  Minor Bodies, Indiana University
3:00-3:20:  clear view falling
, Purdue University
3:20-3:40:  Let the Groove Get In
, Northern Illinois University
3:45-4:05:  Quirdy
, Ball State University
4:05-4:25:  Fear(less)
, University of Missouri-Kansas City
4:25-4:45  This is not an experiment
, Wichita State University
4:45-5:05: Worn
, Webster University
5:10-5:30: Miracles
, Lindenwood University
5:30-5:50:  Anam Chana
, Wichita State University
5:50-6:10:  Tricheur, Menteur, Voleur
, University of Missouri-Kansas City

(printed packets will not be available onsite):
Welcome Letter
General Information
Mission Statement and Privacy Statement
ACDFA Nationals
Participating Schools
Conference Overview
Adjudication Tech Schedule
Adjudication Concert #1 Program
Adjudication Concert #2 Program
Adjudication Concert #3 Program
Adjudication Concert #4 Program
Conference Schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday *Note: Quiet Student Lounge in SU 124 and Faculty Lounge in SU 214
Guest Faculty Bios and Class Descriptions
Informal Concert #1 Program
Informal Concert #2 Program
Informal Concert Spacing Schedule
Campus Map
Restaurants near the NEIU campus
Restaurants near the Holiday Inn Skokie
Grocery stores near the Holiday Inn Skokie

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General Information and Updates     
Conference Adjudicators     
Guest Artists     
Adjudication Information & Policies     
Informal Concert Information     
Conference Schedules     
Submitting Registration Information Online     

The Northeastern Illinois University Dance Program cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's Central Conference, March 19-22, 2014, in Chicago, IL.  We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions, a Welcome Concert and Gala.  

A great deal of initial planning for the Central Conference has already occurred.  We invite all institutions to attend and participate in the full array of scheduled events, whether or not you are planning to present choreography for adjudication.  The experience of taking master classes, attending research presentations, viewing concerts, and listening to adjudicators' comments, as well as the energy exchange among dancers and faculty from other schools, has proven invaluable for our students, regardless of their levels of dance experience. ACDFA values diversity and maintains a commitment to the development of conferences that reflect and give value to the various forms, styles, cultural traditions and aesthetic dimensions of dance in performance. We encourage attention to diversity within informal and formally adjudicated concerts, master classes and panel discussions and/or lectures. 

Nestled between the East and West Coast dance meccas, the Midwest has much to be proud of. Many dance icons have chosen to plant their roots here.  The first dance icon, Ruth Page, broke ground for the the second generation, Gus Giordano. Together they paved the way for the Midwest to become a thriving place for dance artists of the past and present. We are happy to share many of these talents with you at our unforgettable Welcome Concert! The companies of CDI/Concert Dance Inc., Ensemble Espanol, River North Chicago Dance Company, and others will perform followed by So you want a career in dance... Voices from the Professional Dance World with Artistic Directors and other influential artists/directors from the Chicago dance community.

The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDFA conference.  We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators: Daniel Gwirtzman, Kenny Ingram, and Debra Knapp.  We are honored to have professional Chicago companies performing at our Welcome Concert. Additionally, we are pleased that Provost Helldobler will moderate a conversation with prominent dance figures such as Frank Chaves (Artist Director of River North Chicago Dance Company), Venetia Stifler (Artist Director of CDI/Concert Dance Inc.), Jorge Perez (First Dancer and Rehearsal Master of Ensemble Espanol), and others after the concert.


Please visit the Registration Desk when you first arrive on campus.
There will be signs to help you find your way on campus but please make yourself familiar with the campus layout to simplify your search. You will want to park in Lot F and enter through the doors between Building H and E. From there you will walk straight until you see the Registration Desk right before you would enter the Student Union.
If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies.  
All of us at Northeastern Illinois University look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area NEIU is located 11 miles northwest of Chicago's thriving downtown area offering the best theaters, shopping, restaurants, museums, and more. We recommend staying an extra day to experience a few of the wonders of the Windy City. The endless opportunities of things-to-do include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millenium Park, and more. For more suggestions, visit Trip Advisor. SeeChicagoDance.com is a great reference to find discounted tickets to dance concerts.

We look forward to meeting you all and sharing our passion with you!
Jamie Farrell and Venetia Stifler
ACDFA Central Conference Coordinators

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Daniel Gwirtzman a producer, director, educator, filmmaker and public speaker, celebrates eighteen years as an acclaimed New York performer and choreographer. His unusually diverse repertory is known for its humor, stylistic versatility, musicality, and accessibility. Daniel has toured internationally with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He was a co-founder of Artichoke Dance Company in 1995, which The New York Times called “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene.” Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a Manhattan-based performing and teaching company, was formed in 1998 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999. Daniel has been recognized internationally for his artistic leadership. In 2013, the Company’s 15th anniversary, Daniel received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, in northern California, and from the Sacatar Foundation, where he was in residence in Bahia, Brazil for two months producing dance films

Daniel cultivates innovative art and presents this to the public through multigenerational interactive programming that allows everyone to join in the dance. He thrives on collaborations with organizations throughout and outside of NYC, including a partnership with the NYC Department of Education since 1999. A master teacher, Gwirtzman has been on faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a visiting professor at The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Michigan, Princeton, NYU, Fordham, Barnard, and many others, including most recently Kenyon College. His clear, commanding and humorous delivery has earned him praise in academia, as has his published essays, criticisms and dance for camera films, which were selected into three film festivals in 2012, including one in Rio de Janeiro, and the American Dance Festival International Screendance Festival in 2013. For more information visit www.GwirtzmanDance.org

Kenny Ingram is happy to be a part of ACDFA! He is recently teaching Choreographers on Film at New York Film Academy, and he is in the Broadway cast of The Lion King. Kenny has taught at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Lou Conte Dance Studio and a summer workshop for On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program. Mr. Ingram belongs to the Stage Directors Choreographers Union and has choreographed show at Papermill Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf, Marriott Lincolnshire, and Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre. He has won a Jeff Award for his choreography in 42nd St. and a Black Theater Alliace Award for his choreography in Dreamgirls. Currently, Kenny is working on his one man show, "Detour.

Debra Knapp
is a Professor and the Director of Dance at New Mexico State University. She has also been on the dance faculties of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Palucca School Academy of Performing Arts in Dresden Germany. She has danced professionally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, the Dresden Germany Semperoper Ballet Company, the Nora Reynolds Dance Company, the Danzantes Dance Company, Project In Motion Dance Company, and the Windfall Dancers. Debra has choreographed over 50 dances and produced 40 dance concerts as director of the NMSU dance program.  Her choreography Touch was selected to represent the ACDFA Central Region at the 2008 National College Dance Festival in NYC. Her dances Walk With Me, Touch, In a Constant State of Confusion, and Desert Ice were chosen through adjudicated for the National Dance Association’s gala performances in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Ft. Worth. Joining Forces was chosen for performance at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference in Lansing, Michigan. Debra has been a keynote speaker, presenter, teacher and performer at conferences/festivals in Mexico, China, Switzerland, Germany and throughout the United States. She hosted the ACDFA South-Central Region’s conference in 2011, the National Dance Association’s pedagogy conference in 2010, and the National Association of Ballet Folklorico Conference in 2007. Among the awards Debra has received are the Donald C. Roush award for teaching excellence, Research Council’s award for creative scholarly activity, National Dance Association’s 2012 University Dance Educator, 2013 Scholar/Artist awards, REACH Art award from the YWCA and the Doña Ana Art Council’s Arts-in-Education Award.  She is also a New Mexico Kennedy Center artist.

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. founded in 1981, is the official contemporary dance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. CDI creates and presents contemporary works that evolve from a choreographic collective under the artistic direction of Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Venetia Stifler, often using live music, video and other media to enhance the process and product. This approach to dance and choreography drives the company’s artistic vision and sets an example of artistic collaboration. CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator; a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance that is made. The choreography that is currently presented by CDI comes out of this creative process. Because the dancers are both highly trained technically and active in the development of the movement vocabulary, their skills of improvisation and ability to create visual imagery results in work that is not only of the highest caliber, but also artistically proficient and emotionally satisfying. CDI will perform in the Welcome Concert. Click here for more information.

DanceWorks Chicago is committed to build a foundation for the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, providing a laboratory from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. Led with integrity by the recognized team of Andreas Böttcher and Julie Nakagawa, DanceWorks Chicago fills a niche in the dance ecosystem investing in and shining a spotlight on the individual artists. Dancers are encouraged to explore their technical capability as well as their artistic curiosity in an individualized and deeply personal approach with the goal of nurturing passionate, articulate artists able to make meaningful contributions to the art form. Choreographically, we look to uncover new voices while also embracing opportunities to connect with more established choreographers providing mentorship and perspective for all involved. DanceWorks Chicago will hold a repetoire class. See more now.

Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater under the artistic leadership of Founder, Dame Libby Komaiko, Associate Artistic Director, Irma Saurez Ruiz, and Executive Director, Jorge Perez, is the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States to have in-residence status at a university, Northeastern Illinois University, under the auspices of the Department of Music and Dance Program. The company's mission is preservation, presentation, and promotion of the classical, folkloric, flamenco, and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain. The Ensemble Espanol, founded in 1976 by Dame Libby is compromised of forty dancers, singers, musicians and artists. Ensemble Espanol will perform in the Welcome Concert and will teach class. For more information, click here.

River North Chicago Dance Company, under the direction of Frank Chaves, is dedicated to the creative advancement, presentation and preservation of   jazz based contemporary dance regionally, nationally and internationally. RNCDC 
produces, promotes dance; makes vital connections between dancers and audience; creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the professional development of dancers, choreographers and dance professionals; participates in cultural programming; and advocates dance and dance education. River North will perform in the Welcome Concert and will hold a summer intensive audition. Click here for more information.        
All institutional members are invited to bring up to two dances for adjudication while adjudication slots remain available.  Please read the Adjudication Policies carefully.  Policies are available to download and are included under the Conference Details tab on this website.
You will be able to indicate whether you are bringing one or two dances in the "Adjudication Fees" section in the online registration.
If you are not an institutional member and would like to participate in the adjudication process, you must begin the process of becoming an Institutional Member before registering to adjudicate work.  A membership application is available on the ACDFA website.
Please download ADJUDICATION POLICIES for your reference.
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  • All groups and individuals registered for the conference are eligible to perform in the Informal Concerts.
  • Dances presented in the Informal Concerts are restricted to work not being adjudicated.  Works-in-progress may be shown.
  • In the interest of creating opportunities for many schools, only one dance per institution may be shown in the informal concerts; however, more than one piece per school will be considered if space allows.  
  • Performance slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  We can accept a total of 20 dances for the informal concerts.  If the informal slots fill, please contact the conference coordinator to be placed on a wait list.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The maximum time for each work presented in the Informal Concert is 8 minutes.  The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 8-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.
  • A concert quality CD recording must be provided by the choreographer to the during your tech time slot.
The deadline for Informal Concert program information is Dec. 9, 2013.
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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin the morning of Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and to conclude with a post-gala reception on the evening of Saturday, March 22, 2014. The exact time frame may vary depending on registration and adjudication numbers.

A detailed conference schedule will be posted as soon as the information is available.

For a conference overview draft (3/14/14), click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.

1. Conference Schedule- The following are draft schedules updated on 3/17/14 for the conference by day. Click the link for WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY schedules.
2. Class Descriptions & Guest Faculty Bios
3. Adjudication Programs- Click the following for Adjudication #1 Concert Program, Adjudication #2
Concert Program
, Adjudication #3 Concert Program, and Adjudication #4 Concert Program.
4. Adjudication Tech Schedule- click here
5. Informal Concert Spacing, Informal #1 Program and Informal #2 Program


The 2014 ACDFA regional conference registration procedure has changed. Please read Instructions  for Initial Registration Prior to Oct. 30, 2013 or Instructions for Initial Registration Oct. 30, 2013 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration.

If registering prior to October 30, 2013, registration will be in two steps.  In Step One, the Faculty Representative will enter names (or placeholders) and contact information for all registrants.  The Faculty Rep. may also reserve spots for adjudication and the informal concert.  On October 30th at the latest, you will be asked to re-enter your existing registration to enter details for your school's participation in the conference. Refer to Updating Existing Registrations.

STEP TWO INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Details" for the Faculty Rep.):
It is not necessary to submit all information at the same time.  You may return to your registration to add or update information.  Open or download Preparing to Submit Detailed Information to see a full list of information that will be requested.

In all cases, please honor  posted deadlines for information submission.
Submit Program Information for each dance you are adjudicating and/or presenting in the informal concert.  Please be thorough in your answers and accurate in your spelling. 
The deadline for completed program information is December 9, 2013.
  • The Adjudication Program Information fields will be visible only to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and ACDFA Board Members.
  • The Informal Concert Program Information fields will be visible to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and Non-Members, ACDFA Board Members and Individual registrants.
Teachers are invited to propose classes/workshops, research presentations and panel topics to enhance diversity and the breath of class offerings.  We encourage proposals that go beyond the usual academic dance styles or topics. We highly encourage specific style/genre, somatic, and creative process classes.
The online Teacher Information fields allow faculty members to submit up to three and graduate students to submit up to two different classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels.  The conference may not be able to involve all who are interested, but we appreciate your response and will contact teachers as soon as possible regarding selections.  Due to budget constraints, honoraria will not be possible.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Information fields will be visible to all faculty members registrants.
The deadline for submission of Teacher Information is December 9, 2013.
ACDFA is a national membership service organization to strengthen the educational network for students and faculty within the academic setting.

Faculty (ACDFA members only) who are teaching or presenting at the conference may request a written or oral peer response when registering.  Faculty interested in serving as responders will be able to offer their services when registering.

Note: ACDFA will make every attempt to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.
We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, playing for classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $40 per class.  Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. Sharing good music gives us new ideas to take home to our own programs and adds vitality to classes. 
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians. 
         The deadline for submission of Musician Information is December 9, 2013.
We encourage students to present research during the conference. Each presentation is limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s).

Each conference participant is required to sign the Liability Waiver.  In order to save paper, we are asking all registrants in a group to sign one waiver.  It is important that each registrant understands the terms of the waiver.  Faculty are strongly encouraged to review the terms with all participants.
Return the Liability via FAX or postal service.
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in the Gala Concert must complete and return a signed Video Waiver during the conference. Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available. 


Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:  Jamie Farrell and Venetia Stifler 
    Email: dance@neiu.edu
    Phone: (773) 442- 5983
    Fax:  (773) 442-5910

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to
      "NEIU Dance"
    *Please indicate ACDFA in the memo

    Send payment to:
    Northeastern Illinois University
    Dance Progam
    Attention Venetia Stifler
    5500 N. St. Louis
    Chicago, IL 60625

    Northeastern Illinois University
    Federal ID# 36-6009515

ACDFA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:
 ACDFA Lifetime Members: Elizabeth Low Ahearn, Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lonny Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, Dorothy Silver (deceased), Jan Simonds (deceased), and Alcine Wiltz.

We extend a special thank you to President Hahs and Provost Helldobler of Northeastern Illinois University. 
Additional Sponsorship by Ruth Page Center for the Arts.