Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, February 13, 2014
  2014 New England Conference
Boston University

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NOTE:  Registration procedures have changed for 2014. 
Please read Registration Instructions before registration opens.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM -
Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Boston University
915 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
United States

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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 December 16.

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 25 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. 

Boston University cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's New England Conference, February 13 - 16, 2014, Boston, MA.  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 and a Gala Concert.  Additionally, special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned.

A great deal of initial planning for the New England 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. 


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: Elizabeth Gillaspy, Doug Nielsen, and Helanius Wilkins. 


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 525 registrants and 44 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 December 16.  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 the Conference Coordinator 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 44.  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 timeframe, 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 Boston University look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will first-time visitors to our university, we are fortunate to have use of the Fitness and Recreation Center and Tsai Performance Center on the BU campus. We are located near many hotels and restaurants though a meal or reception is included each day as part of the registration fee (with the exception of the faculty dinner on Saturday night; there is a $25 fee). Downtown Boston is a short drive or train ride away.

Micki Taylor-Pinney, ACDFA New England Conference Coordinator

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Photo by Leslie Scott

Elizabeth Gillaspy is a Texas-based choreographer and dance educator whose contemporary ballets have been performed in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria and throughout the USA. Her works have premiered at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater (NY), New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop-NY), TriBeca Arts Center, SUNY-Purchase, Aster Plaza Hall for Dance Gala Hiroshima, Korean Dance Festival in Seoul and at the Moderen Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has choreographed for Orlando Ballet (FL) under the late Fernando Bujones, Ishihara Ballet (Japan), The International Ballet Competition (MS), Youth America Grand Prix (NY), as well as for numerous solo artists, contemporary companies, universities, private schools, regional companies, and showcases. Her ballet training began in Germany and continued at North Carolina School of the Arts and American Ballet Theater School. Equally at home in multiple movement disciplines, her performance experiences include dancing and touring with Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Chamber Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, Casa Mañana Musicals (AEA), Dance Kaleidoscope (IN), and as a freelance solo artist in repertoire that ranges from classical and contemporary ballet and opera ballet to musical theater, modern dance and folk dance. She has served as rehearsal director/ballet master for choreographers Fernando Bujones, David Hochoy, Susan Jaffe, Jessica Lang, and Raymond van Mason. She has taught and adjudicated throughout the USA, Japan, and Taiwan and her classes are often noted for their musicality, clarity, speed, and joie de vivre. As a choreographer, she remains fascinated by and committed to the investigation of ballet as an essential, contemporary medium of artistic expression and in 2010 launched her own project-based company, Nymbal–new ballet. Critics have noted her work as “complex”, “fascinating”, “poetic” and “skillfully structured”. National Dance Association named her outstanding dance educator for college/university in 2006, she received the Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence from TCU in 2007, and she served as President of CORPS de Ballet International from 2008-2010. Elizabeth holds her MFA from and serves as Associate Professor of Ballet in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU in Fort Worth.

Photo by Judy Miller

Douglas Nielsen, Professor and Graduate Advisor at the University of Arizona School of Dance, has been a guest teacher and choreographer at more than 40 universities throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as the Rufus Putnam Professor in residence at Ohio University and as the Sage Cole Chair at the University of Minnesota, and guest faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Former member of the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and Gus Solomons, Pearl Lang, and Paul Sanasardo dance companies in New York, he has performed solo works by Viola Farber, Beverly Blossom, Anna Sokolow, Murray Louis, and Charles Weidman. Douglas began dancing shortly after earning a B.A. in psychology at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He studied dance at the California Institute of the Arts in the early 70's with Donald McKayle, Bella Lewitzky, and Mia Slavenska. Recipient of the 2003 Lester Horton Dance Educator Award for excellence in teaching, and the 2007 American Dance Festival Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. In 1988, Douglas pioneered the founding of the first modern dance company of Mainland China (The Guangdong Dance Company). Other international assignments include L'ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart Lausanne (Switzerland), The Beijing Dance Adademy (China), Palucca Schule (Dresden, Germany), University of the Americas (Mexico), and representing the American Dance Festival in Korea, Russia, China, Czech Republic, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Mongolia. Nielsen is the recipient of four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Performing arts fellowship with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Since 1979, Douglas has created over 100 dances for his own company (Douglas Nielsen Dances) and others including the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (Salt Lake City), Dancers Unlimited (Dallas), The Repertory Project (Cleveland), Dances We Dance Company (Honolulu), Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Chrysalis Repertory Dance Company (Houston), Harbinger Dance Company and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Detroit), Tenth Street Dance Works (Tucson), Kauhsiung Contemporary Dance Company (Taiwan), Guang Dong Dance Company (Guang Zhou, China), Kathryn Ricketts Dance Company (Copenhagen), and the Scottish Dance Theatre (Glasgow). Nielsen has served on adjudication panels for The American College Dance Festival in Virginia, Texas, Idaho, Kansas, Connecticut, California, and Ohio. He has also served as a distinguished panelist for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, The National Association for the Advancement of the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the McKnight Foundation, and the NEA Learning in the Arts Dance Panel.

Photo by Angelina Gillyard

Helanius J. Wilkins, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, is an award winning choreographer, performance artist, and instructor based in Washington, D.C. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men. He is the 2008 recipient of the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, D.C.’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; and was a three time finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards. He is a 2002 and 2006 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project Award. Bates Dance Festival, one of the premiere festivals in the US, named him their 2002 Emerging Choreographer. A graduate of SUNY Brockport, Wilkins returned to the university setting in summer 2011 to pursue graduate studies, as an extension of his artistic journey. He recently earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the George Washington University. In addition to performing the works of several choreographers including Robert Moses, Earl Mosley, Joy Kellman, Troy Powell, and Kevin Wynn, he performed with Present Tense Dance Company (Upstate New York) as well as Maida Withers’ Dance Construction Company (D.C.), and as a guest with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (Maryland). He has equally enjoyed creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works. In summer 2010, Wilkins made his D.C. theater debut as the choreographer for Studio Theatre’s musical production Passing Strange. He followed this success by choreographing POP! in 2013, A Helen Hayes nominated musical production also produced by The Studio Theatre. Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported Wilkins’s work. Wilkins also teaches professional and pre-professional dancers as well as students of various ages and levels of skill. He has served as an adjudicator and master teacher at American College Dance Festivals in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 - 2013. In spring 2013, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he also completed a second appointment as the guest artist in residence in fall 2012. He is currently on faculty at the Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC.
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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Concert #1:  On Saturday, February 15th from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., our Informal Concert #1 will be a site-specific movement event in the FitRec Center. Numerous performance areas will be set up around the building. Please imagine how your pieces might be presented in one of these spaces. Based on the responses, we will create a tour, leading the audience from site to site to reach the Basketball Courts for a flash mob followed by a dessert buffet and 30 minute dance party.  

The available spaces include:

  • dance studio/theater (could set up in the round or as proscenium 30’wide and 35’ deep; see more details below but will leave white wall exposed, i.e. no traveler or crossover)

  • 2 squash courts (21’ x 32’) with viewing from two levels

  • lower lobby (11.5’ x 18’) with swimming pool as background

  • basketball courts (standard/vast)

We encourage both choreographed and improvised pieces as well as solo and group pieces.  

Faculty and students welcome. All pieces will be limited to a 12 minute maximum. We will provide the sound systems, but all choreographers must provide their own sound operator.

Concert #2: On Sunday, 10:45am – 12noon in FitRec. The space will be set up as a “proscenium” space with seating, performance space of 30’ wide and 35’ deep, cross-over behind black traveler, 4 wings per side. All pieces will be limited to a 12 minute maximum. We will provide the sound system, but all choreographers must provide their own sound operator.

Dances presented in the Informal Concerts are restricted to work not being adjudicated.  Works-in-progress may be shown.

To be included in either of the informal concerts, you must submit your request by December 16, 2013.  Final tech and program information is due January 15, 2014.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin at 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, and to conclude with a with a post-gala reception on the afternoon of Sunday, February 16. The exact time frame may vary depending on registration and adjudication numbers. Please note that Monday, February 17 is Presidents' Day.

A detailed conference schedule will be posted as soon as the information is available. 
Click here for a draft conference schedule as of 2 4 14.

        Class Schedule
        Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios
        Adjudication Schedule
        Tech Schedule
        Informal Concert Schedule

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 Monday, December 16, 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.    
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 is Monday, December 16, 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 $40.00 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. 
          Deadline for submission of Musician Information is December 16, 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 Boston University ACDFA 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.  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.

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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:  

    Micki Taylor-Pinney

    Email:  budance@bu.edu
    Phone:  (617) 353-1597
    Fax:  (617) 353-5147 

Payment Instructions

  • Once you have finished your online registration, payment can be made to Boston University by CHECK or by CREDIT CARD via fax or phone. Please include your invoice when submitting your payment.

    All checks should be payable to:

    Boston University

    With “NE ACDFA conference” in the memo line

    Send payment to:

    Micki Taylor-Pinney

    Boston University Dance Program

    915 Commonwealth Ave.

    Boston, MA 02215

    If paying by CREDIT CARD (Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express) please note that we do not accept payment online.  You can make a credit card payment by either calling us at 617-353-1597 or by faxing a Credit Card Payment form to 617-353-5147.  (Do NOT leave credit card information on the voice mail, please.) The form is available for download here.

    BU's Federal ID# 04-2103547

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.