2015 ACDA Northwest Conference

Greeley, Colorado
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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2015 ACDA Northwest Conference
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - Friday, March 20, 2015

University of Northern Colorado
School of Theatre Arts & Dance
Frasier Hall 105, Campus Box 49
Greeley, Colorado 80639
United States

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2015 Northwest Gala Concert Selections

How To Be More Likeable - Colorado College
Canyons - University of Oregon
ILU, ILU2, 2F4U? - University of Utah
A Party in this Head - Weber State University
Between The Edges - Brigham Young University
Lec/Dem or How Do You Spell Femaphobic?- University of Colorado-Boulder
Till The End - Western Wyoming Community College
Assez - University of Oregon
Oculus - Scottsdale Community College
Where We Left It - University of Montana
Seed - Brigham Young University

The University of Northern Colorado invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Northwest Conference, March 17-20, 2015, in Greeley, Colorado.  We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, and opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions and a Gala Concert and post Gala reception/dance.  Additionally, special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned.

A great deal of initial planning for the Northwest 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 ACDA Northwest Conference at the University of Northern Colorado will also incorporate a special event entitled "A Thousand Things We Should Have Said."
  • "A Thousand Things We Should Have Said" is a group performance/ installation that will take place on March 18, 2015.  It is an event involving the participants of the Northwest Region of the American College Dance Festival, the University of Northern Colorado students and faculty, and the surrounding Northern Colorado community.  The project seeks to collect 1000 short videos of individuals voicing the ”thing they should have said” to a friend, a loved one, a coworker, etc.  It will culminate with a balloon release from all the participants in a cathartic fashion in keeping with the theme of the conference ‘ Let Go, Take Flight, Free Your Passion.  Participants will be provided with markers to write their thoughts on the balloons, which will then be released in a group.  The balloon release will be filmed as a live event, with the submitted clips of individuals superimposed on the silent video.  This film will then be projected on an outdoor location for the duration of the conference.  Link to A Thousand Things for a trailer to this project. Videos should be shot on a cell phone, “selfie” style, and can then be messaged directly to unco.tech.acda@gmail.com, and should be no longer than 10 seconds.  No audio will be used in this installation, and no identifying or personal information will be used with the project. 
  • The Northwest Conference will be offering workshops in vertical dance. Since space will be limited those interested will be asked to sign up at the registration tables and names will be drawn at random for each class session. 


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.

All of us at the University of Northern Colorado look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Monte Black, Professor of Dance
Brian Hapcic, Professor of Technical Theatre

ACDA Northwest Conference Coordinators

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Gerald Casel
Artistic Director of GERALDCASELDANCE, a contemporary dance company based in the Bay Area, and is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Born in the Philippines and raised in California, he holds a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Lar Lubovitch, and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991–2005, serving as the company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education.
Casel has been commissioned by The Barnard Project, NYU’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Your Mother Dances, Rooftop Dances Milwaukee, Da Da Dance Projects, and The X Factor Dance Company of Scotland. GERALDCASELDANCE has been presented by Motion Pacific, ODC, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Dancebase Edinburgh, among others. Casel taught regularly in NYC at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research. He has been a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, Long Island University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Palucca Hoschshule für Tanz Dresden, Cal State Long Beach, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. Casel has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam, The Yard, and The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. His choreography has received support from the Asian American Arts Alliance, Theatre Bay Area's CA$H, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, CHIME, Fleishhacker Foundation, and the New Work Award at UW-Milwaukee.
This summer, Casel will present his research at the Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance conference in Athens, Greece and will be teaching at the American Dance Festival. His latest evening-length work, Splinters in our Ankles, will premiere at ODC Theater in San Francisco in the fall.
Christopher D'Amboise was born into a family of dancers, Christopher has had many careers:  dancer, director, choreographer, playwright, teacher and educator.  His work explores the integration of text, dance, music and drama and seeks to reinforce a positive perspective of humanity. 

As a Principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Christopher worked closely with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, originating works as well as performing major repertoire.  On Broadway he co-stared with Bernadette Peters in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, for which he earned a Tony nomination.

As a Choreographer, Christopher works both in theater and ballet.  He has created over 80 works seen worldwide in cities including London, Prague, Paris, Copenhagen, New York, Lisbon, and Istanbul.  His ballets have been presented in over 30 companies including the New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pennsylvania Ballet, National Ballet of Amsterdam, and the San Francisco Ballet.   His latest work, Tribute, premiered with NYCB at Lincoln Center in 2007.

As a Director and Choreographer for theater, Christopher’s vision is cinematic in style integrating music and dance with text, and visual storytelling.  Mr. d’Amboise has also adapted and written original works for the stage.  His new adaptation of Can-Can, the classic Cole Porter musical, is currently under option.  The Studio is an original “play-with-dance” written, directed and choreographed by Mr. d’Amboise premiering in 2006 at South Coast Repertory, and having for its east coast premiere at the Signature Theatre in Washington D.C., in November of 2007.  The Studio was also selected as a featured play at the Pacific Playwrights Festival in 2006.  Voice of the City, an original musical about Vaudeville written, directed and choreographed by Mr. d’Amboise had its New York workshop at Musical Theatre Works.  His other theatrical credits as a choreographer include You Never Know, a world premiere new musical by Charles Strouse at Trinity Rep.; the pre-Broadway production of High Society at ACT in San Francisco; and Romeo & Juliet: The Musical at the Ordway Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House.  Christopher directed and choreographed Up The Avenue, an original comic act starring Bill Irwin and Charlotte d’Amboise at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Mr. d’Amboise has also collaborated with singer/songwriter Cat Stevens on The Road To Find Out, a new musical about the life and music of the artist.  Christopher is Hang Onto Me - an original musical about Fred and Adele Astaire.

Robin Wilson is best known as a founding member of the New York dance company Urban Bush Women. She performed in New York for more than a decade with such choreographers as Dianne McIntyre, Kevin Wynn and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. A member of Ann Arbor Dance Works, Wilson has performed at the New Orleans Dance Festival and the BAAD!Ass Women Festival in New York.
Wilson has taught workshops at Washington University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New York State Summer School for the Arts, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Institute, and in Suriname and Costa Rica. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Washington University Dance Theater, Metro Theatre Company, People Dancing, Happendance Company, Kentucky Arts Council, Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium and the Harlem Dance Foundation.  She traveled to Ghana with the Michigan Gospel Chorale in 2008 where her choreography was performed at the Ghanaian National Theater.

Wilson has been an adjudicator for regional conferences and served on the National Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association. She was a Kentucky Artist-in-Residence and was on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts before joining U-M. She holds an MFA in Choreography from Temple University where she was a University Fellow.

Wilson has received grant support from various academic and corporate sponsors and arts councils, and was awarded the 1999 Maggie Allesee Award for New Choreography. She directs and performs with several liturgical dance ensembles and offers movement workshops for non-profit organizations and schools. She has organized student service projects in New Orleans and was a 2008 Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Fellow. Wilson has presented papers at the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Congress for Research in Dance, and has written a chapter on African Diaspora Dance for the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History.  She continues to research this topic throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

KATHLEEN HERMESDORF is a San Francisco-based dance artist, working and creating work in the Bay Area and beyond since 1991.  Her work has been called luscious, sensate and mercurial, with feral impulses and raw beauty.  Her choreography has been commissioned by companies, universities and individuals.  Hermesdorf is the Artistic Director of ALTERNATIVA, an apparatus and instigator of deeply integrated dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, education and exchange, with Music Director Albert Mathias.  ALTERNATIVA has been the container for their creative projects since 1998 and also produces FRESH Festival, featuring outstanding experimental Bay Area performance, practices and perspectives for 2 weeks in January since 2010.  Hermesdorf is honored to have been a collaborative interpreter for Bebe Miller Company from 2002-09 (2006 BESSIE AWARD), Margaret Jenkins Dance Company from 1994-99 (1999 IZZIE Award), and Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann from 1993-2009.   She received a GOLDIE Award in 1994 as co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells, and has collaborated extensively with Stephanie Maher and Kim Epifano since 1998.   Hermesdorf has invested over 25 years of investigation and experience into modern and post-modern dance modalities, release-based techniques, improvisational practices and creative processes, as well as ventures into jazz, ballet, somatic modalities and martial forms.   She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance Performance & Pedagogy and teaches, creates and performs around the world.   Hermesdorf and ALTERNATIVA have received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H/Theatre Bay Area, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, CHIME/MJDC, ODC School and Theater, The Suitcase Fund and the American and French Embassies in Senegal.   www.la-alternativa.us <http://www.la-alternativa.us/>
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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.

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  • The Northwest Regional Conference will present 2 Informal Dance Concerts.

  • 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. 

  • The Conference will be able to accommodate 16 slots for the Informal Dance Concerts. Registration for the Informal Dance Concert will be on a first-come first served basis. We encourage you to register early!

  • Informal Dance Concert pieces must adhere to a time limit to work efficiently within the conference schedule and therefore must be 10 minutes or less in length. 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.

  • Informal Concert(s) will be held in the Lloyd Norton Theatre in Gray Hall.   This venue is an intimate 100 seat black box which will be reconfigured to accommodate approximately 70 seats in a three quarter configuration. The performance space will equal 23'-0" x 32'-0".  There will be no dance booms and staging will be limited to a single wing and open floor, with no crossovers and limited ability for dancers to enter and exit.  Specific information concerning this performance space will be available via the same link as the formal concerts.  We believe at this time there will be two informal concerts with a limited set up and rehearsal period.  Each college will be given 12 minutes on stage to set an audio level, choose a predesigned lighting cue, and space and run the dance.  The schedule is very tight and will be strictly enforced.  Audio will be submitted via the same process for the formal concerts.

  • 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.

  • 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)

2015 ACDA Northwest Conference Schedule Overview

Tuesday Class Schedule
Wednesday Class Schedule
Thursday Class Schedule
Friday Class Schedule

Tuesday Formal Program Order
Wednesday Formal Program Order
Thursday Matinee Formal Program Order
Thursday Evening Formal Program Order

Tuesday Formal Tech Times
Wednesday Formal Tech Times
Thursday Matinee Formal Tech Times
Thursday Evening Formal Tech Times

**Please note that program order for Informal Concerts are also the order for technical rehearsals!**

Wednesday Informal Concert
Friday Informal Concert

Teacher Biographies
Class Descriptions


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 January 16, 2015.
  • 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.

The ACDA Northwest Conference at the University of Northern Colorado would like to offer "early morning" first class (8 am) session somatic based classes.  We would welcome any interested teachers with somatic offerings to consider sharing your expertise during this session along with any technique classes you would like to offer during later class sessions.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Information fields will be visible to all faculty members registrants.
           Deadline for submission of Teacher Information is January 16, 2015.
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 $35.00 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.

We would love to hold musician jams and musician/dancer improvisational jams.  If you are an interested musician and would like to participate in such an event please e-mail Monte directly.
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is January 16, 2015.

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. By signing the form you (and your students) are agreeing to the release as outlined by the ACDA waiver and the UNC Waiver.

ACDA Waiver
UNC Waiver
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 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 purposes and copies will not be available.

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Contact Information

  • Coordinator: Monte Black

    Email: Monte.black@unco.edu

    Cell Phone: (970) 518-4504
    Phone: (970) 351-1181

    FAX: (970) 351-4897

    Technical Director: Brian Hapcic
    email: brian.hapcic@unco.edu
    Cell Phone: (207) 653-0978

Payment Instructions

  • Checks and money orders are accepted forms of payment.

    Please make checks and money orders payable to:
    "UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance"

    Send payment to:
    Monte Black
    University of Northern Colorado
    501 20th St
    Campus Box 49
    Greeley, CO  80639

    If you need the University of Northern Colorado Federal ID
    number to process payment please contact Monte directly. 
    Thank You.

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.