Athens, Ohio
Sunday, March 02, 2014

East Central Region Conference 2014


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NOTE:  Registration procedures have changed for 2014. 
Please read Registration Instructions before registration opens.

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ohio University
School of Dance
137 Putnam Hall, 96 E. Union St.
Athens, Ohio 45701
United States

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Thank you all for bringing your work to the ACDFA East-Central Conference!

The following three works have been selected for invitation to the


Till The End (2013)
Point Park University
Choreography: Jennifer Florentino & John Michael O'Neill - Undergraduate Students

Salt. Rose. Witness. (2013)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Choreography: Alexis Renee - Undergraduate Student

Hissy Fits (2006)
Wayne State University--Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre/Dance
Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden- Guest Artist

Uterus = Hysteria
Eastern Michigan University
Choreography: Chloe Gray - Undergraduate Student

Passage to the End
Bowling Green State University
Choreography: Timothy Barker - Undergraduate Student


Congratulations All !    Here are the results -- in concert order (with tech time)


TECH  11-11:20am                  Celestial Celebration, Kent State University

TECH 11:20-11:40am              A Sunday Stroll with Fido and Lila, Ohio University

TECH 11:40-noon                   Uterus=Hysteria, Eastern Michigan University

TECH noon-12:20pm              the quiet ones, Wayne State University

TECH 12:20-12:40am             My Hyphen, Western Michigan University

TECH   12:40-1pm                  Escape Proof, Slippery Rock University




TECH 1pm – 1:20am               Til the End, Point Park University

TECH 1:20-1:40 am                 It Takes Two, Western Michigan University

TECH 1:40-2:00pm                 Salt. Rose. Witness, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

TECH  2:00-2:20pm                Passage to the End, Bowling Green State University

TECH 2:20- 2:40pm                Hissy Fits , Wayne State University



Please check in 30 minutes BEFORE your scheduled TECH time to check-in

You will each have 20 minutes of TECH time -- priority will be to make a bow cue for your work, as well as augment your cues within the allotted amount of time.

We have your music and any props or gels you provided us.

You will be given a dressing room in which you may leave your costumes until the conclusion of the GALA concert.

Upon the completion of the GALA your music and gels will be made available in the TBMA lobby. Props are to be removed via the back door.



Dancer ACCESS will be at 4:30pm

Performance will start at 5:30pm

Closing reception will follow in the TBMA East Lobby


*** If your work did not make it onto the GALA we need you to come to TBMA

Between 10 and 10:45am to collect your props, gels and music CD’s .


We will have all gels, and CD’s in the front lobby and the crew will be ready to load out props via the back door.

If you cannot make it between 10 and 10:45am you will have to wait until AFTER the GALA concert is complete              in order to collect your belongings.


John B.

NOTE:  registration opens at 9:00AM local time on the dates indicated

Wednesday, October 9, 2013:                                                                       
  Registration opens for in-region ACDFA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 16, 2013:   Registration opens for all ACDFA members
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013:
  Registration caps per school, if any, are lifted

Wednesday, October 30, 2013:          
  Registration opens for ACDFA members, Non-Members, and any schools attending a second conference.
No invitation code required 

Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within
two weeks of your registration to hold registration slots.
Full payment must be received no later than November 20, 2013.

An email with an invitation code will be sent to all current members the first week of October.
 If you are a current ACDFA member and do not receive an email with the invitation code by October 7th or if you are in the process of becoming a member, contact the Conference Coordinator immediately.


In order to accommodate more member schools, each school may register a maximum of 20 students between October 9-22.  On October 23, the cap will be lifted and member schools already registered or newly registering will be able to add or register students without a limit. 
Each school is responsible for adding registrants to its own already existing registration. 

Ohio University cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's  East Central Conference, March 2-5, 2014, in Athens, Ohio.  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 Guest Artist  Concert and a Gala Concert. 

A great deal of initial planning for the East Central Conference has already occurred, and continues.  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. 


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: Andrea Woods Valdes, Cornelius Carter, and Larry Lavender. We are also honored to have Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Azaguno African Dance Ensemble, and Chengxin Wei of Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance Company, Jesse Keller of The Yard, and Kristina Isabella all of which are providing master classes as well as works for a Special  "Palate Cleanser" Concert.


We would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference but space is limited and registration fills very quickly.  Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDFA members at 9:00am on Wednesday, October 9, 2013; for all ACDFA members on Wednesday, October 16; and for non-members on Wednesday, October 30.   Our maximum capacity is 450 registrants and 40 adjudicated dances. Registration procedures have changed for those registering prior to October 30th.  Please read Registration Instructions carefully.


We will register participants on a first registered-first accepted basis. Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within two weeks of registration in order to guarantee your registration. If payment or proof of intention to pay is not received within two weeks, your slots may be released. Full payment is due for all registrations by our deadline of November 20th, 2013.   It  is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots.

Conferences often fill before the closing deadline and when we reach maximum capacity, we will be unable to accept additional participants.  If you are closed out of the conference, email Teresa Holland  (holland@ohio.edu) immediately to be put on the "wait list".

Information for payment is located in the right sidebar.  Deadlines, fees, registration and membership policies, and registration instructions can be found under the Conference Details tab on this website.  You need not be an ACDFA member to attend the conference, although only institutional members may participate in the adjudication process and only members may register during the member priority period.  Additionally, members pay a discounted registration fee.  If you have not yet joined ACDFA, we urge you to do so to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs.

If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies.  If you choose to have two pieces adjudicated, at least one piece must be choreographed by a student.  Time and space will limit the number of dances we can adjudicate to no more than 40.  Pieces will be accepted for adjudication, like registration, on a first registered-first accepted basis with payment (or proof or intention to pay) received within two weeks of registration. If payment is not received within that time frame, slots may be lost. Please remember that you must be an ACDFA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.
All of us at Ohio University look  forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area Ohio University is located in Athens, Ohio. Nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio  our rural campus is located just over an hour Southeast of Columbus, two hours East of  Cincinnati, and three hours Southwest of Pittsburgh. Come join us.

Teresa Holland & John Bohuslawsky
ACDFA East Central Conference Coordinators
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Larry Lavender - Larry holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and a Ph.D in Dance Education from New York University. Larry's primary areas of research and teaching are in choreography, dance criticism, performance art, and human/animal studies in the arts. He has published extensively in books, book chapters and journal articles, including Dancers Talking Dance:  Critical Evaluation in the Choreography Class.  Larry has presented and taught all over the United States as well as in Great Britain, Mexico, Portugal, and New Zealand.
Andrea E. Woods Valdés - Duke University Associate Professor Andrea E. Woods Valdés teaches Modern Dance and Dance for the Camera and directs Duke In Ghana summer study. Woods is director of SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers.  She earned her BFA in dance from Adelphi University.  Previous resident of Brooklyn, NY, and native of Philadelphia, Woods has danced with Clive Thompson, Mafata, Saeko Ichinohe and Leni Wylliams dance companies. She is a former dancer/rehearsal director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and has an MFA in dance from Ohio State and an MAH in Caribbean Cultural Studies from SUNY Buffalo. She is a staff writer for Attitude: The Dancers' Magazine.  Her work has taken her to:  Cannes, Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, Morocco, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Belize, Yucatán, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Trinidad, Cuba and throughout the US.   She has been guest a guest artist at:  Medgar Evers College, Howard University, Ohio University, Rhode Island College, California State University Long Beach, North Carolina School of the Arts, Hollins University, Sarah Lawrence, Goucher College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (faculty) and Spelman College.   Woods is a recipient of the NC Arts Council 2012 Fellowship.  She calls her dances SOULOWORKS because they are works from the heart, works from the Soul. www.souloworks.com<http://www.souloworks.com/>

Cornelius Carter (Director of Dance, University of Alabama, Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre). Carter has been awarded the National Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Washington, D.C. He has received the award for the 2001-2002 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award by the Alabama Alumni Association. Attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO and received his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Carter has danced with Cleo Robinson Parker Dance Ensemble, studied at The Ailey School in New York on scholarship. Carter has been the Artistic Director of the first contemporary dance company and school in Reykjavik, Iceland, Faculty member at the American Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival (Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Russia and Seoul, Korea), Bates Dance Festival and Harvard Summer Dance Festival (Dean of Students) and at the American Choreographers Showcase where he presented and performed his choreography in France, Holland, Austria, Vienna, and Lithuania. Carter continues to set new works on student companies, professional companies and other university dance programs in the United States and abroad. He has served as Guest Rehearsal Director for Dance Brazil in Bahia, Brazil. He also teaches and choreographs for the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program (2001- present) and is proud to debut his work with Broadway Dance Center in New York in 2013.
GUEST ARTISTS featured on our "Palate Cleanser Concert"  on March 4th @ 8pm
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ( DCDC )
Master Classes and work on the "Palate Cleanser" Concert

Experience the passion, power and grace of the world-renowned DaytonContemporary Dance Company! Celebrating 45 years of artistic excellence, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education. See why master choreographers Donald Byrd (The Color Purple), Ronen Koresh (Koresh Dance Company), Kiesha Lalama (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Ray Mercer (The Lion King)recently set new works on this diverse company which holds the largestrepertoire of African-American based contemporary dance in the world.

Azaguno a multi-ethnic international touring group based in Athens, Ohio in the United States, focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Through intercultural works, Azaguno brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience. The group, founded and directed by Zelma Badu-Younge (Dance Director and Choreographer) and Paschal Yao Younge, (Executive and Music Director), appeared at several international venues in Canada, China, Ghana, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Korea, and through the United States.  Azaguno represented the US at the FIFA World Cup in Seoul, 2002 and most recently performed with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

Chengxin Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance, ballet, and modern for eleven years and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Since 2000, he has appeared with numerous Canadian dance companies including Ballet British Columbia. In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance Company. He is the 2007 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award recipient, and the 2009 recipient of the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He holds MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, Seattle and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University where he teaches modern, ballet and dance composition.

Kristina Isabelle originally from Columbus, Ohio is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and director of HighJinks Productions. Isabelle earned her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and an MFA in dance and choreography from The Ohio State University.  She spent several years dancing around the world with some of the most innovative modern dance troupes, most notably Bebe Miller, The Stephen Petronio Company, Earth Circus Productions and Jordan Fuchs. She has been selected as one of Chicago DanceMakers Forum Lab Artist for 2013 and was a Pentacle Help Desk / Chicago artist.  Her choreography has been produced nationally in Chicago, Columbus, New York City, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, and overseas in England, Ireland and Poland at the Bytom International Dance Festival.   HighJinks Productions combines a wider variety of dance forms with traditional and contemporary circus arts to produce a unique type of entertainment that merges the best of both art forms.  And has been featured at events throughout Ohio, New York and nationally on MTV and in the Nuclear Cowboyz tour 2010 for Feld Entertainment.        


JESSE KELLER from Ashland, Ohio graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. She started performing with Stefanie Batten Bland in Paris, France, and has been a part of the company ever since.  With SBB, Ms. Keller performed in France at Festival Onze Bouge, Ris Orangis, Les Petites Scenes Ouvertes, and Cornell University’s Cultural Residency. In 2010 the company was honored as one of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s “NEW Fellows” at The Baryshnikov Arts Center. Ms. Keller has performed at many Universities, Symphony Space NYC, APAP NYC, The Brooklyn Museum, Saratoga ArtsFest, Jacob Pillow’s Inside/Out, and Ringling International Arts Festival. In 2010 she began her work as  The Yard's Director of Island Programs and Education and Co-Producer under Artistic/Executive Director, David R. White. She is Co-Director of DanceTheYard, a dance collective formed in 2011 with her choreographic partner, Alison Manning.

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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  • Time limit for informal concert works is 12 minutes
  • We will accept only 24 works " first registered-first accepted"
  • Tech info will be available in December
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.  The maximum time for each work presented in the Informal Concert is 12 minutes.  The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.
Informal Concert Program Information must be submitted online by January 31, 2014.
Informal Concert Tech Information must be submitted to John B. by Feb 21, 2014
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SCHEDULE (subject to change)







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.
Deadline for completed program information is January 31, 2014.
  • 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 and courses of study.  We hope that you, the participants of this regional conference, will share the diverse areas of dance which you are exploring in your research and creative activity. 

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.
           Deadline for submission of Teacher Information on-line is  December 20, 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 $30 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.

In addition to the accompaniment of classes, a variety of music jams, and other music specific gatherings will take place, in coordination with our local musicians and sound designers.
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is January 15, 2014.

We encourage students to present research during the conference. Based on the number and type of submissions received, we will schedule an appropriate time  and space for Student Research Presentations. Each presentation is limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s).                                                 

Deadline for submission of Student Research Presentation  Information is December 15, 2013.

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 Waiver via FAX or postal service no later than Jan 31, 2014.

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.  Waivers will be given to Gala Concert choreographers once the selections have been determined.  Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available.
Please return signed Video Waiver by January 31, 2014.



Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinators: 
         Teresa Holland and
          John Bohuslawsky
    Email:  holland@ohio.edu
    Phone:  (740) 593-1826
    (740) 593-0749

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to
     "Ohio University School of Dance"

    Send payment to:
    Teresa Holland
    School of Dance
    137 Putnam Hall
    96 East Union Street
    Athens, OH 45701

    Federal ID # 31-6402113
    W-9 form available (fax upon request)

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.