Laramie, Wyoming
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

                                                                March 9-12, 2016

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - Saturday, March 12, 2016

University of Wyoming
Department of Theatre & Dance
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3951
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
United States

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For teacher bios, restaurants, and class information, please visit: http://www.uwyoacda.com/

The following three works have been selected to represent the ACDA Northwest Conference at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Festival dates run June 8-11, 2016. Thank you to our adjudicators for their feedback and deliberation.  Adjudicators have included brief comments below.

 Congratulations to all participants for the wealth of works presented!

Visible Sketch v.3                              Western Wyoming Community College

An imagistic evocation of a unique world inhabited by committed mover/vocalists whose transformative journey visits a series of evolutionary states.

Still Life With Flight
                        Utah Valley University          

The blossoming of a danced relationship revealed through precise and surprising, full-bodied musical phrasing and superbly nuanced gesture.  

 Excerpts from “The Winged”         University of Wyoming

A brilliantly realized reconstruction of an exquisite classic modern dance performed with precision and creature-like embodiment.

Alternate works: In the case that one of the above programs is unable to present their work at the ACDA National Festival, an alternate in the following order will be invited to attend.

1.      Washed Ashore:  Alan Kurdi          Weber State University

An emotionally wrenching, well-crafted, movement portrait of a community in distress, performed by an invested cast. 

2.      Anatomy of a Tropical Home          University of Oregon

A visually compelling, complex, layered, boldly performed dance utilizing animation and shadows to deliver multiple perspectives on creating structure.


 Rhythm of the Heart

                         Sound of the Soul     

is our theme as we plan our Northwest conference at the University of Wyoming, March 9-12, 2016.  These days promise to be filled with dancing and truly excellent sound! We have invited guest musicians from the region to collaborate and make great music to celebrate our gathering.  

To open the conference, Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform at the Arts and Sciences Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. curtain.  Your ticket for Complexions is included in conference registration.  In addition to the performance, there will be master classes by Complexions company members on Thursday morning. 

We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, Screendance, 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 panel discussions are in the works.  
Dance and technology are continually evolving, and to witness these two worlds merge is quite exciting. As an aspect of this year’s ACDA Northwest Conference, we are excited to announce the Sharing of Screendance portion, in which student and faculty screendance makers may submit their works for panel observation and selection. All screendance submissions will be reviewed by a panel of filmmakers and choreographers. This panel will determine the films to be included in an ongoing instillation and the final screening. If interested, please see our call for entries statement. Our guest speaker, film maker Alysia Klein, will offer workshops, seminars, and feedback sessions. For more information please visit her website at http://www.alysiaklein.com/  
If you have further questions regarding this aspect of our conference, contact Sharing of Screendance coordinator Aaron Wood at awood5@uwyo.edu. 
Screen Dance Call
Screen Dance Submission Form

Call for Panel Discussions and Presentation of Faculty and Student Research
ACDA Northwest Conference 2016 wants to highlight the work of faculty and student research.  We have developed 3 special panels highlighting Dance in the Community, Dance Science and Vertical Dance and would like to also include opportunities for other research presentations for Faculty and students alike.  If you are interested in participating as a panelist, and or would like to propose an additional panel presentation, please contact Margaret Wilson mawilson@uwyo.edu by Dec. 1, 2015. 

If you are a faculty member or student who wishes to share scholarly research in history, criticism, dance science, or ...?, please return the following form to Margaret Wilson, mawilson@uwyo.edu by February 1, 2015.
ACDA Northwest Faculty and Student Research Presentation Form

A great deal of 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. Faculty also benefit from these experiences as well as the opportunity to present research and for peer response, among other professional development opportunities.

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:  David Dorfman, Virginia Johnson, and Tiffany Mills

Marsha Knight with Jennifer Deckert, Margaret Wilson and Aaron Wood  UW Dance Faculty 
Julia Cooper, ACDA Student Intern
ACDA NW Conference Team!

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Virginia Johnson
   Virginia Johnson is a founding member and former principal dancer of Dance Theatre of Harlem where she is now the artistic director.  Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from the Academy of the Washington School of Ballet and briefly attended the School of the Arts at New York University as a University Scholar before joining DTH in 1969.  During her 28 years with the company, she performed most of the repertoire, with principal roles in Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brilliant, Agon, A streetcar Named Desire, Fall River Legend, Swan Lake, Giselle, Voluntaries, and Les Biches, among others, several of which were recorded for broadcast on PBS, network television and cable.  

Her choreographic credits include the television film Ancient Voices of Children, and works for Goucher College, Dancers Responding to AIDS, the Second Annual Harlem Festival of the Arts, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, and Marymount Manhattan College, where she was an adjunct professor.

While still performing, her interest in journalism led her to Fordham University.  After retiring from performing, she founded POINTE magazine and was editor-in-chief from 2000-2009.  

Her honors include a Young Achiever Award from the National Council of Women, Outstanding Young Woman of America, and the Dance Magazine Award, a pen and Bruch Achievement Award, the Washington Performing Arts Society's 2008-2009 Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Martha Hill Fund Mid-Career Award and an honorary doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts.
Link for more information

Tiffany Mills

Photographer: Julie Lemberger (Copyright 2015)
Choreography: Tiffany Mills
Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed Tiffany Mills Company in 2000, earning praise from The New York Times: "Mills is making a name for herself as a young modern-dance innovator." Under the helm of Mills, her company has become known for its exploration of the human psyche, risk-taking partnering, and collaboration across forms. Recent highlights: In 2016, the company will be presented by La MaMa. In 2012-13, the company was selected by BAM, in collaboration with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM) at the Kennedy Center, to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at BAM Fisher. The company’s past collaborative work has been presented in NYC and nationally at: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, Duke on 42 Street, Symphony Space Dance Sampler, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, PS 122 Avant Garde Arama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada. In addition to conducting the company’s annual summer intensive (2005-present), Mills’ guest teaching includes: Trisha Brown Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, The Playground, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), ACDFA, universities and festivals nationally and internationally. Mills has received awards, and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-16), BAM/DVIAM PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-present), Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency (10), Dance New Amsterdam Residency (10), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space Residency (08-09, 12), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation Fellowships (Italy 07), Pentacle’s Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Artistic Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07, 16), Tribeca Performing Arts Center/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), University of Oregon Alumni Award & Boekhelheide Creativity Award (05 & 06), Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (98). Funding includes: Evelyn Sharp Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Fund for Creative Communities, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin Foundation, MCAF, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, and American Music Center. Mills hails from Eugene, Oregon (BA University of Oregon, MFA Ohio State University).
Link for more information 

David Dorfman

David Dorfman, artistic director of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and now Chair at Connecticut College since 2004. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements, culminating in DDD’s, underground, which toured for four years engaging community dance casts in each venue. DD has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for DDD's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), Bosoma Dance Company (Boston), Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. 2012 found DD appearing on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring his friends the Ballet Boyz. The Ballet Boyz also invited DDD to make a short video for BBC Channel 4 Random Acts. We Don’t Own a Dog can be seen at http://www.balletboyz.com/videos/we-dont-own-a-dog-c4-random-act/. Dorfman tours an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with dear friend/collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.  As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman hails from Chicago and holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis (1977), and an MFA in dance from Connecticut College (1981).
Link for more information

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From Joyce Theater Description of Complexions:
Complexions makes it “sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state” (Dance Magazine). Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet.

ACDA Student Intern
Julia Cooper is a senior Dance Performance major at the University of Wyoming. Growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado, she studied at Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center. She has studied with companies such as American Repertory Theatre, Trey McIntyre Project, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has also had the opportunity to dance in London, England. Julia has taught ballet as well as other forms of dance for the past five years to a variety of ages, while she continues to grow as an artist.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

  8:00 am – 4:30 pm     

 Registration/Information, Food BCPA Lobby

  8:00-10:00 am

 Informal Concert #2 Tech  A&S

  8:30-10:00 am

 Class/panel session #10

  8:30-10:00 am

 Adjudicator feedback for Concert #4  BCPA Music Recital Hall

  10:15-11:45 am

 Class/panel session #11

  10:15-11:45 am

 Informal Concert #2  A&S

  11:45 am-1:00 pm

 Lunch break (Regional Planning Meeting)

 12:30 pm

Gala selections posted on website

 1:00-2:30 pm

Class session #12  (plus two adjudicator master classes)

 1:20-6:00 pm

Gala Tech rehearsals  A&S

 2:45-4:15 pm

Class session #13 (plus one adjudicator master class)

 4:15-7:00 pm

Dinner break

 7:30 pm

Gala Concert  A&S


Reception and dance Union Center Ballroom

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

Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Nov. 4, 2015 or Instructions for Initial Registration Nov. 4, 2015 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration. 

If registering prior to November 5, 2015, 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 November 4th, 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, 2016.  
  • 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.  Keep in mind that we will have exceptional musicians to work with.  Let us know if you've specific needs such as skills in West African drumming, electric guitar for a contemporary ballet class, etc.  Do not be shy about asking!  I will be working very hard to make sure that we have a true wealth of offerings.  Yes, lots of somatic choices are anticipated, wellness and injury prevention, Dance for Camera (details to follow), so please be thinking of how you may contribute, and contribute lots!  If you've and idea for a Panel Discussion, please let us know and we will accommodate.  Student and faculty research?  All will have a place and time for presentation.   
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, 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 not  part of the online registration process.  All registered faculty will receive a Call for those interested in receiving or providing a peer response.  The Call will be sent by an ACDA NW Board Member Suzanne Ostersmith.   

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. Please contact Marsha Knight nwacda16@uwyo.edu to discuss your interest.  Jesse Manno at CU Boulder will assist in the scheduling of accompanists to classes.  In the case of some classes, we plan to double- and triple-up musicians to provide the best dancing celebration possible!   We plan on having sound in as many places and events as we can schedule.  Details to come!
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, 2016.
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).

Margaret Wilson will coordinate research presentations.  Details will come your way!  mawilson@uwyo.edu


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.
Liability Waiver
Return the signed Liability Waiver postal service or scanned PDF uploaded to your program's NW ACDA Dropbox folder, or email attachment directly to mfknight@uwyo.edu.  RECEIPT by March 4, 2016
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in adjudication concerts must complete and return a signed Video Waiver during the conference.  Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available.

Return the signed Video Waiver via postal service or scanned PDF email attachment. 
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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator: 
    Marsha Knight 
    Email: nwacda16@uwyo.edu
    Phone: 307.766.6122
    Fax: Please scan and email documents to address above

Payment Instructions

  • Checks, money orders and purchase orders are accepted forms of payment.

    All checks should be payable to
     "UW Department of Theatre and Dance"

    Send payment to:
    Marsha Knight
    Dept. 3951 Theatre and Dance
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY  82071

    If you need the University of Wyoming's Federal ID#, please contact Jack Chapman directly.
    jchapman@uwyo.edu or 307.766.2198

  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, Susan Douglas Roberts, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lisa A. Fusillo, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Joseph Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Li Chiao-Ping, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Andrew Vaca, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, Candace Winters-March, Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton