Tempe, Arizona
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Saturday, March 15, 2014

Arizona State University
School of Film, Dance, Theatre
611 E. Orange St., Suite 107
Tempe, Arizona 85287-0304
United States

Map and Directions
National Selections for the Kennedy Center June 5-7
University of Utah's "Disappearing Days"
UCLA's "My Mother & I"
Dominican University's "RUSH"
1st Alternate: Scottsdale Community College's "Choice of Thought"
2nd Alternate: ASU's "They say before you die you see the light"
Congratulations to everyone!

Gala Announcement:
We would like to thank everyone who shared their pieces.  Your work is greatly appreciated.
Act I (in order)
San Jose State's "Penguin March"
ASU's "They say before you die you see the light"
Grand Canyon University's "Alpha"
Mills College's "A calm current comes and goes, bouncing off of rocks or running through them.  Underneath someone is drowning."
Scottsdale Community College's "Choice of Thought"
University of Utah's "Disappearing Days"
Act II
Chandler-Gilbert Community College's "Accumulate"
University of Utah's "Anathema"
San Francisco State University's "Lady Kaede"
Sonoma State's "Suspect"
UCLA's "My Mother & I"
Dominican University's "RUSH"

We will have a meeting for the Gala today at 10:30am in FAC 29B (Green Room) on the Sub-Basement Level.

Conference Schedule ACDAConfernceSchedule.xlsx
Adjudication Tech Schedule PostedTechOrder.xlsx
Informal Concert Schedule  PostedInformalOrder.xlsx
Class Registration will be e-mailed to Faculty Representatives.
Class Schedule ACDAClassSchedulePrintUPDATE.xlsx
Class Descriptions/Teacher Bios TeacherBio-ClassDescription.docx
NOTE:  registration opens at 9:00AM local time on the dates indicated

Wednesday, October 9, 2013:                                                                       
  Registration opens for in-region ACDFA members. Registration cap is 25 students per school.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 16, 2013:
  Registration opens for all ACDFA members
Registration cap is 25 students per school.
Use national member invitation code

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Student registration caps 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, 2013.

An email with an invitation code will be sent to all current members the last week of September.
 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.  

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General Information and Updates     

Arizona State University's School of Film, Dance, and Theatre cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's West Conference, March 12-15, 2014, in Tempe, AZ.  We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, film screenings, 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 West 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. 


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 500 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances. Please note the student registration cap of 25 students/school; the cap will be lifted on October 23rd and, if there is space, already registered schools may add more students. 

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, 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 the Conference Coordinator immediately to be put on the waitlist.

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 48.  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 ASU's School of Film, Dance, and Theatre look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will first-time visitors to our area, we hope you will have a chance to explore our desert landscape and the many unique things we have to offer.

Cari Koch
ACDFA West Conference Coordinator

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Rachael Leonard

Rachel Leonard earned her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak as the Howard Gilman Fellow.  She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, a Master Artist in Residence for Very Special Arts, and an internationally published author and presenter of dance research and writing.  Rachael has been awarded multiple corporate and governmental grants for her creative projects and has developed over eighty original dance works for SCDT.  In addition, she has collaborated on mixed media projects with artists of varying disciplines, choreographed for companies and college ensembles throughout the U.S., and guest resided at College of Southern Idaho, University of Utah, Alma College, Jacksonville University, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Prior to forming her own company, Rachael was a company member with Dance Performance Project and Pioneer Valley Ballet in Massachusetts, a soloist with Figure Five Dance, and a freelance artist performing with various groups and choreographers across the country.  In addition to directing SCDT, Rachael is a Professor of Movement and Somatics at Stetson University, a nationally certified instructor of Yoga and Pilates, and President of the Board of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance. This is her second time serving as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA).

Wendy Perron
Photo by Cliff Roles

Wendy Perron has had a 30-year career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in the 1970s, and choreographed more than 40 works for her own group in the 1980s and ’90s. She has taught dance technique, composition, improvisation, history, or criticism at Bennington, Princeton, NYU, SUNY Purchase, and Mt. Holyoke. In the early 1990s she served as associate director of Jacob’s Pillow, and has been advisor to the Fall for Dance festival at New York City Center. She has sat on numerous jury panels including at the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Live Arts, and Youth America Grand Prix. After almost 10 years as Editor in Chief at Dance Magazine, she is now Editor at Large. In 2011 she was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Hall of Fame. Her collection of writings spanning four decades, “Through the Eyes of a Dancer,” was published by Wesleyan University Press in November. 

David Shimotakahara

David Shimotakahara, Executive Artistic Director, founded GroundWorks in 1998, determined to challenge his own preconceptions about dance.  Under Shimotakahara’s direction, GroundWorks has continually looked for ways to deepen the experience of dance. This philosophy informs choices which in addition to content influence how the company produces and where.  The company has made frequent use of non traditional venues, galleries, churches, and vacant industrial sites.  There is a commitment to new music collaboration, working with new composers and live accompaniment.  This desire to extend creative boundaries is evident in Shimotakahara’s ongoing initiative: To seek collaboration and input from guest choreographers of the highest caliber and to constantly evolve the repertoire of the company.

Over the past 15 years, GroundWorks has created and produced over 60 original works. Twenty-one of these have been commissioned from nationally and internationally renowned guest artists.  In addition, Shimotakahara has contributed over 30 pieces to the company’s rep.  His work is about here and now. He is interested in framing issues surrounding individuality, privacy, place, and connectivity through movement that speaks through its musicality and physicality.

Shimotakahara’s performance history includes: member of the Atlanta Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, Kathryn Posin Dance Company, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He performed with Ohio Ballet under the direction of Heinz Poll from 1983-1998.  He also served as Rehearsal Assistant for Ohio Ballet from 1989-1998.  From 1989-97, Mr. Shimotakahara founded and was Director of New Steps. This acclaimed dance project offered a variety of programs that stimulated the creation and growth of new choreography in Northeast Ohio. Mr. Shimotakahara has choreographed for opera and theater with the Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Theater Festival and the Dallas Theater Center.  He served on the Carlisle Project advisory panel in 1996, and dance panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council, the Mid Atlantic Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He has received 7 Individual Artist Fellowships for Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council from 1996 to 2012.  In 1998, he received a McKnight Foundation Fellowship from the Minnesota Dance Alliance to create new work in the Minneapolis, St. Paul communities.  Mr. Shimotakahara was awarded the 2000 Cleveland Arts Prize for Dance. In 2002 his work with GroundWorks DanceTheater was voted “One of 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. In 2007, he received the OhioDance award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Dance Artform. Mr. Shimotakahara was a 2008 recipient of the first COSE Arts and Business Innovation awards as the founder of GroundWorks DanceTheater.  In 2010 Shimotakahara received a Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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.  The maximum time for each work presented in the Informal Concert is 10 minutes.  The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 10-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.
A sound recording of concert quality must be provided by the choreographer in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator.
Please submit Informal Concert program information online by Jan. 15, 2014.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and to conclude with a post-gala reception on the evening of Saturday, March 15, 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 full conference overview, click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.


        Class Schedule
        Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios
        Adjudication Schedule
        Tech Schedule  PostedTechOrder.xlsx
        Informal Concert Schedule PostedInformalOrder.xlsx

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 15, 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 or topics.  We would like to have discussion panels, choreographic feedback/discussions; film screenings, and academic research presentations, including from students.    
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: January 15, 2014.
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 a small honorarium 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: January 15, 2014.

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.  Waivers will be given to Gala Concert choreographers once the selections have been determined.  Please note that videos are for archival purposed.  Copies will be available for purchase.

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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:  Cari Koch

    Email:  carolyn.koch@asu.edu
    Phone:  480.965.5199
    Fax:  480.965.2247

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to
     "ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theatre"

    Send payment to:
    ASU Herberger Box Office
    PO Box 872102
    Tempe, AZ 85287-2102

    Federal ID # 86-0196696

ACDFA gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

                                                                                            Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation

 ACDFA Lifetime Members:

Elizabeth Lowe 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, Alcine Wiltz