Springfield, Massachusetts
Thursday, February 11, 2016


The following dances have been selected for invitation to perform in the 2016 National College Dance Festival.  Included below are the adjudicators' verbal expression of what compelled them in their choices :

As the Sand Falls – University of Hartford/Hartt School
choreographed by Jackie Nowicki, Guest Artist
A delicate yet powerful performance, that skillfully melds recognizable and familiar technique with idiosyncratic movement vocabulary. She performs with an honesty and vulnerability that is transformative.
Mine – Dean College
choreographed by Alyssa Davis, Undergraduate Student
A millennial anthem that passionately and physically insists on being seen and heard. Smart, well-crafted and provocative, the performers own the choreography and text, and deliver with a fervor that is captivating.

The following dances have been selected as 1st and 2nd alternates for the 2016 National College Dance Festival:

Interludium – UMASS Amherst
choreographed by Thomas Vacanti, Faculty
This duet reveals an interplay of arms that separate and recombine like strands of spiraling DNA. The delicate, tensile, expressivity of the performers, encourages the viewer to lean in and pay attention.
Fine Line – University of Vermont
choreographed by Mollie Morgan, Undergraduate Student
The soloist performs with an expressive vulnerability and economy of movement that embraces the altar of life. The Allan Watts text is a buoyant rhythm supporting her journey.


Thank you to all participants for three wonderful adjudication concerts.
The Tech rehearsal for all Gala Dances is 9:30 tomorrow morning (arrive as early as 8:30 to warm up).
These are the ten pieces in program order:

1. Ren [Translation: “Human”] – SUNY Potsdam

2. Interludium
 – UMASS Amherst

3. Incipient Flower – Dean College

4. They Repeat the First Part but with More Urgency
 – Bates College


5. Words Quicksanded – Hampshire College


6. Mine – Dean College


7. Fine Line – University of Vermont


8. ambit.II – Roger Williams University


9. As the Sand Falls – University of Hartford/Hartt School


10. Through the Motions – The Boston Conservatory

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:00 AM -
Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Springfield College
Dance Program
263 Alden St.
Conferences and Special Events
Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
United States

Map and Directions

Registration opening times indicated below are in time zone of the conference.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:                                                                       
  Registration opens at 9:00AM for in-region ACDA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 21, 2015:   Registration opens for all ACDA members at 9:00 am
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
  Registration caps per school, if any, are lifted at 9:00AM

Wednesday, November 4, 2015:
  Open Registration begins at 9:00AM.  Includes ACDA members, Non-Members, and any schools attending a second conference.
No invitation code required 


Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for their regional conference by October 12th. 

Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for all conferences on October 19th.

Contact the ACDA national office if you are a current ACDA member and do not receive an email with the appropriate invitation code by the stated dates or if you are in the process of becoming a member.


In order to accommodate more member schools, each school may register a maximum of 20 students between October 14-27.  On October 28, 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.

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

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


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, 2015.
Failure to remit payment by the deadline may result in cancellation of registration by the host.
All cancellation fees will apply. 
To register for a regional conference as a member, all institutional memberships
must be in good standing.  All outstanding balances to ACDA and/or past
regional conferences must be paid in full.




Springfield College invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's New England Conference, which will take place February 11-14, 2016, in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

We are planning an exciting dance exchange that will share, support and affirm the high quality of dance education in academia. The conference will offer a wide variety of activities including professional master classes; scholarly research presentations; student and faculty interactions; adjudication and informal concerts; and feedback sessions. The conference will culminate with a Gala Concert.  

A great deal of initial planning for the New England Conference has already taken place.  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 with the opportunity to present research, receive peer response, to ask for teaching reviews, 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 creation and 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 two dynamic and highly respected adjudicators: Edisa Weeks, and Jim Lepore.   We are working on securing our third adjudicator and will post updated information as soon as possible.


While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, our theater is small and space is limited. We expect that registration will fill very quickly.  Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDA members at 9:00am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015; for all ACDA members on Wednesday, October 21; and for non-members on Wednesday, November 4.   Our maximum capacity is 325 registrants and 36 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 28th.  
It is highly recommended that you read Registration Instructions carefully before starting to register your group. 

Registration is online with participation spots reserved 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, 2015.  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.

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 date and time of your email request.


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.

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 36.  Dances 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.



The campus community at Springfield College looks forward to welcoming and seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area, the city of Springfield offers great restaurants and sightseeing. You may to want to visit the Springfield Museums and Quadrangle, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. To see more, visit the link below.




Cynthia Nazzaro & Katherine Smith
ACDA New England Conference Coordinators

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Anjali Austin is a distinguished interdisciplinary artist whose career includes thirteen years of performing with the critically acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Anjali has worked with iconic teachers and choreographers Agnes de Mille, Louis Johnson, Alexandra Danilova, Glen Tetley, Valerie Bettis, Geoffrey Holder, Frederick Franklin, and others.  Ballets she has performed include Billy the Kid, Swan Lake (Act II), Serenade, Flower Festival, Dougla, Concerto Barocco, Prince Igor, Paquita, and Frankie and Johnny.  Also to her credits are PBS television specials Fall River Legend, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Creole Giselle.  A vocalist and movement artist, she choreographs nationally and internationally, and is a Specialized Master Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Ms. Austin holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, is an Associate Professor in the School of Dance at Florida State University, serves on the Board of CORPS de Ballet International, conducts lectures and presentations on her research, Where Are the Black Ballet Dancers in America?, and is currently completing her first solo concert titled, THREADS.

Jim Lepore is a Professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University and has been on the faculty of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival since 1989. He has also held faculty positions at the College of William and Mary and the University of Washington (Seattle). He has instructed workshops in modern dance and mounted choreography nationally and internationally, including a 2003 collaboration with choreographer Narciso Medina that premiered in Havana, Cuba. His performance career includes work with Carolyn Carlson’s La Fenice Dance Theater (Venice, Italy), Ruby Shang, the Vanaver Caravan, and the Jose Limon Company. Since 1996 Jim has directed study-abroad workshops in Afro-Cuban dance and music based in Santiago, Cuba. He is a Laban certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and earned his MFA at Temple University.

Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and dearest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, chashama arts, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, Summerstages Dance Festival, as well as swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, including living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. Weeks has enjoyed performing with Annie-B Parsons’ BIG DANCE THEATER, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Dance Brazil, David Gordon Pick-Up Performance Group, Jane Comfort & Co., Kevin Wynn Collection, Muna Tseng, Jody Oberfelder, Jon Kinzel, Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group, Sally Silvers, Spencer/Colton Dance and Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theater. From 1991 – 2001, Edisa Co-Directed Avila/Weeks Dance with Homer Avila. She also appeared in the movie “Rachel Getting Married” Directed by Jonathan Demme. Edisa Weeks grew up in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY. She obtained a BA from Brown University and received a full fellowship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she obtained an MFA in choreography. She has taught and created works for the Alvin Ailey School, Ailey II, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Brooklyn Friends School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Princeton University, Saint Ann’s High School and Texas Christian University. In addition Weeks is on the Bessie Committee, which recognizes outstanding dance and performance work in New York City; and teaches technique, improvisation and choreography at Queens College. She currently is choreographing Three Rites, a performance installation based on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. www.deliriousdances.com
      Information about guest artists will be released soon.


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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We are pleased to offer the opportunity to present work in an informal concert.  Guidelines for the informal concert follow:
  • 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 8 minutes. 
    • The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 8-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.

  • Schools will be limited to 1 piece for the informal concert and they will be selected 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. 15, 2016.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)


At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin on Thursday February 11 at 8:00 am, and to conclude with a post-gala reception on the afternoon of Sunday February 14. 

A detailed conference schedule will be posted as soon as the information is available.

For a PDF of the  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 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 [example:] 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.    
[HOSTS: This would be a good place to insert some text if you have a particular focus to your conference.  Are you looking for somatics classes?  The creative process?  Do you want to encourage paper presentations? Etc.?]
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 [example] 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 an ACDA Board Member, Paul Besaw.  

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 $40.00 per class.  Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. Sharing good music gives us new ideas to take home to our own programs and adds vitality to classes.

Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is 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).
        [HOSTS:  We hope you will encourage and incorporate student research into your conference.]


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 adjudication concerts must complete and return a signed Video Waiver [this is where you will create a link to allow people to download your form.  Aim for having the form complete and linked by October 14th Waiver template available in Templates folder of Hosting Guide] during the conference.  Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available.

Return the signed Video Waiver via FAX, postal service or scanned PDF email attachment.  [NOTE TO HOST:  If you plan to make copies of dances available, add verbiage.]

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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