2015 ACDA Mid-Atlantic Conference

Towson, Maryland
Friday, March 06, 2015



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PLEASE NOTE:  Concerts are open to conference participants only. 
We are not able to accommodate friends and family not registered for the conference.

Help Us Be Green!

     Towson University is participating in Recyclemania during the conference. 
     Please help us in this campus-wide effort by
  1. recycling and composting whenever possible;
  2. bring your own refillable water bottle and fill up at one of the hydration stations located throughout campus;
  3. be vigilant in minimizing your conference footprint!

Towson University is a Smoke Free campus.

Campus Map

ACDA Conference T-Shirts:         $20 Credit Card & Checks Only
      Wristband Replacement Fee:       $5

Waiver & Liability Requirements
Each dance in the Adjudicated and Informal Concerts must have signed form on record

Each conference participant must have a signature on record in advance

On Campus Parking                              
$10 Conference Parking Pass/Vehicle for Entire Conference
Purchase Parking Code at Registration Table with Credit Card Only
It isn't necessary to know how many parking passes will be needed per school
See attached document

For Parking & Kiosk Locations:  http://www.towson.edu/main/maps/

  Parking is FREE on Saturday & Sunday.

Dining On & Off Campus


Technical Information
    The following information is available as a download for your records for Technical and Production Information.
    Please fill out appropriate documents and email them back to rwolf@towson.edu by January 16th, 2015.

ACDA 2015 Stephens Hall Plot.pdf
ACDA 2015 Stephens Hall Paperwork.pdf
Adjudication Pieces Technical Details Sheet 2015.xls



A Digital Camera will be available for videoing your dance(s).  Bring your own SD Card (1-1/4" x 3/4") for this purpose.


When Towson University is closed, all on & off campus events are cancelled.

Contact if delayed for tech:  Rebecca: (716)713-9472 or Jaye: (410)852-7214


2015 ACDA Mid-Atlantic Conference
Friday, March 06, 2015 12:00 PM -
Monday, March 09, 2015 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Department of Dance
8000 York Road
Center for the Arts
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
United States

Map and Directions

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014:                                                                       
  Registration opens for in-region ACDA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 15, 2014:   Registration opens for all ACDA members
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014:
  Registration caps per school, if any, are lifted

Wednesday, October 29, 2014:          
  Registration opens for ACDA members, Non-Members, and any schools attending a second conference.
No invitation code required 

Register only the number of participants you are committed to bringing to the conference.

There will be a $25.00 charge for every registrant cancelled prior to full payment. 
There are no refunds on paid registrations.

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 15, 2014.

An email with an invitation code will be sent to all current members the first week of October.
 If you are current ACDA member and do not receive an email with the invitation code by October 6th 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 8-21.  On October 22, 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. 

Click on the links below to navigate through this page:    

General Information and Updates     
Conference Adjudicators     
Guest Artists     
Adjudication Information & Policies     
Informal Concert Information     
Faculty Concert     
Dance for Camera Festival     
Conference Schedules     
Submitting Registration Information Online     


Towson University invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, March 6-10, 2015, in Towson, Maryland. 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 Guest Artist Concert. Additionally, special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned.

A great deal of initial planning for the Mid-Atlantic Region 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.

ACDA 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 ACDA conference. We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators: Anjali Auston and Saar Harari will join one additional artist.

There will be a featured Guest Artist Concert that concludes the conference and this will be announced soon!

The largest change from past Mid-Atlantic ACDA conferences is that there will not
be a Gala concert. This focuses attention on the performance of a wide-array of choreography and the adjudicator’s feedback. Since 2015 is not a year in which ACDA presents the National College Dance Festival, organization policies allow that conference hosts may choose to offer a different closing event for their conferences. The "no gala" decision allows us to emphasize education and shared learning through the adjudication process as opposed to competition and to create a closing event that will allow us all to celebrate the four days of conference achievement in an uplifting environment. We are excited about the possibilities this decision opens up for our conference!


While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills very quickly. Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDA members at 9:00am on Wednesday, October 8, 2014; for all ACDA members on Wednesday, October 15; and for non-members on Wednesday, October 29. Our maximum capacity is 400 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances. In order to accommodate as many schools as possible, a registration cap of 20 students per school is in effect until Wednesday, October 22nd.

It is highly recommended that you read Registration Instructions carefully before starting to register your group.

We will register participants on a first registered-first accepted basis. Entering participants through online registration temporarily holds slots for two weeks. 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 no later than December 15, 2014. It is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots. 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.

Due to the rising costs of processing cancellations, as well as the negative impact on other ACDA members of holding then releasing slots, a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each individual registrant cancelled prior to full payment. There are no refunds on paid registrations. Register only the number of participants that you are committed to bringing.

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. Your place on the waitlist is determined by the time and date of your email request.

You need not be an ACDA 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 ACDA, we urge you to do so to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs and to receive the benefits of membership.

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 of 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 ACDA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.


All of us at Towson University look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. PLEASE NOTE:  Towson University is a Smoke-Free campus.

In the heart of Towson are some of the area's best specialty shops. From antiques to molded chocolates to a tackle shop, you'll find some of the most knowledgeable merchants in their field. A variety of restaurants and pubs await your exploration.

Stroll around anytime, but the downtown area is best enjoyed during special events like the Towsontown Festival, Farmer's Market, Christmas Tree Lighting and more.

Relax at the small parks in Towson or enjoy crowd watching in the courthouse area. Towsontown has something for everyone.

Jaye Knutson
ACDA Mid-Atlantic Conference Coordinator
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Anjali Austin

Ms. Austin joined the ballet faculty in the School of Dance at Florida State University in 1995. A former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem for thirteen years, Anjali has worked with noted teachers and choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Louis Johnson, Alexandra Danilova, Glen Tetley, Valerie Bettis, Geoffrey Holder, and Frederick Franklin.  Some of the ballets she has performed are Billy the Kid, Swan Lake (Act II), Serenade, Flower Festival, Dougla, Concerto Barocco, Prince Igor, Paquita and Frankie and Johnny; in which she had a vocal role.  Also to her credits are PBS television specials Fall River Legend, A Streetcar Named Desire and Creole Giselle.  

As a member of the Dance Faculty at Florida State University Anjali teaches Ballet to undergraduate and graduate dance majors, and has choreographed and restaged over 20 works.  Ms. Austin introduced Gyrotonic methodology to students and faculty and received administrative support for the purchase of two Pulley Tower machines.  Students train on the equipment as a course of study and receive academic credit for their work. 

Ms. Austin has served on dance panels, adjudicated for the American College Dance Association, and is a former President of the Florida Dance Association.  Currently she serves on the Board of CORPS de Ballet International. 

Thom Cobb

Professor Emeritus Thom Cobb was an Associate Professor and senior faculty member in the Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he taught from 1978 until retirement in May of 2014. Prior to joining the SRU faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Drama at Illinois Wesleyan University (1974-1978) in Bloomington, Illinois. His experience and expertise in teaching, performing and choreography have led to numerous residencies and presentations at colleges and universities, public schools, private studios and conferences and conventions during his 40 year career in dance. Well versed in several dance forms, including concert dance, traditional forms, character dance and American rhythm dances, Thom currently focuses much of his work in the area of dance education at all levels. Quite active in state, district and national dance associations he is invited to present numerous workshops and master classes throughout the United States every year including the annual Dance Teacher Magazine Summit in New York City. Thom received the 2007 “College/University Dance Educator of the Year Award” from the National Dance Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the 2008 “Dance Educator Award for Post-Secondary Education” from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Most recently he was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Slippery Rock University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was the 2013 commencement speaker. He was elected to the position of President of NDEO in 2012 and will continue to serve in that office through 2015. Thom and his wife Christine, Professor of Dance at Youngstown State University in Ohio, reside in New Castle, PA and celebrated their 40 anniversary in August 2014.

Lee Shur

Lee began her acting career at the age of seven, performing on Israeli television. At the age of 15, she was accepted to the High School of Arts in Tel Aviv. Lee joined the Israeli Army at 18, and served in the parachuters unit. Following her Army service, Lee studied at the three-year acting studio of Nisan Native in Tel Aviv. She received scholarships from the American-Israeli Foundation with excellence between the years 1998-2000.

In 2000, Lee established LeeSaar The Company with Saar Harari. Lee moved to New York City with LeeSaar the Company, and received the American green card for extraordinary achievement in the performing arts, The NYFA fellow in choreography and other awards. Lee has been a Gaga user for 10 years and a Gaga teacher for 5 years. She has been choreographing and creating dance for 11 years. Lee worked as physical director, on the Miracle worker revival on Broadway.


There will be no featured guest artist company this conference year.  Instead, focus is placed on the Adjudication Team and concluding Faculty Concert as esteemed artists who bring a high level of artistry and excellence to the conference theme of Dancing for a Lifetime.

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.  The online system will not allow you to enter a number if adjudication slots have filled.
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 ACDA website.
Please download ADJUDICATION POLICIES for your reference.


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.  ACDA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities. Informal concert programming is limited to 20 dances on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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. 2, 2015.

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The Mid-Atlantic Conference will conclude with a juried Faculty Concert on the evening Monday, March 9, 2015.  A 1-hour concert will feature Mid-Atlantic faculty choreography and performance only. Choreography may be by faculty or guest artist.  Performances may be by faculty or non-student dancers.  Submissions may include both solo and ensemble dance works of no more than 12 minutes in total running time.  To support Mid-Atlantic Region faculty creative scholarship, all submissions will be reviewed with written comments available to the faculty choreographer/performer.  The selection of dances to be programmed will be made by blind peer review.  

Send an Email of Intent to Jaye Knutson (jknutson@towson.edu) no later than November 15, 2014.

Enter program information in online registration.  Submit a non-PAL DVD clearly marked with faculty name, dance title and running time to:
Jaye Knutson,
Department of Dance
Towson University,
8000 York Road,
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
  • Deadline to submit Email of Intent: November 15, 2014.  
  • Deadline to submit all program and DVD materials: December 1, 2014.

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Dance for the Camera submissions from registered faculty and students are being accepted for scheduled showings in the Towson University Van Bokkelen Film Theatre on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015. Submissions should be no longer than 12 minutes total running time. Enter program information in online registration.  Submit two (2) non-PAL DVD's clearly labeled with title of film, running time and name of student/faculty.  Submit to: 
Jaye Knutson,
Department of Dance
Towson University,
8000 York Road,
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
  • Deadline to submit all Dance for the Camera materials: December 1, 2014

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin 12:00pm on Friday, March 6, 2015  and to conclude with a post-Guest Artist Concert dessert reception on the evening of Monday, March 9, 2015 .  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
        Informal Concert Schedule

Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Oct. 29, 2014 or Instructions for Initial Registration Oct. 29, 2014 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration. 

If registering prior to October 29, 2014, 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 29th, 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 December 15, 2014.
  • The Adjudication Program Information fields will be visible only to the Faculty Representative for ACDA Institutional Members and ACDA Board Members.
  • The Informal Concert Program Information fields will be visible to the Faculty Representative for ACDA Institutional Members and Non-Members, ACDA 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 classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels.  Graduate students may submit up to two different proposals. 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 December 15, 2014.
ACDA is a national membership service organization to strengthen the educational network for students and faculty within the academic setting. Faculty (ACDA 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: Peer response/responder requests are no longer part of the online registration process.  The Call for those interested in receiving or providing a peer response will be disseminated by an ACDA Board Member.  ACDA will make every attempt to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

We invite musicians to participate in the conference, playing for classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $45 per 1.5 hou 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 15, 2014.

We encourage students and/or faculty 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 signed Liability Waiver via FAX, postal service or scanned PDF email attachment.
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in the Informal or Adjudicated Concert must complete and return a signed Video Waiver during the conference.   Please note that videos are for archival purposes and copies will not be available.  A camera will be available for a school representative to video their dances. 

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Contact Information

  • Coordinator: Jaye Knutson
    Email: jknutson@towson.edu
    Phone: 410.704.2770
    FAX: 410.704.8572

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be made made payable to
    "TU Foundation."


    Send payment to:
    Towson University
    8000 York Road
    Towson, Maryland 21252-0001

    Forms of Payment Accepted:  Check, Credit Card

    Towson University Federal ID#52-6002033

ACDA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:  
ACDA 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, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, and Candace Winters-March.