Eugene, Oregon
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Northwest Conference 

The ACDA Northwest Conference 2017
is pleased to present the pieces selected for the Gala Performance:

Pieces listed in show order

Fragments (Snow College)           
Peach & Pit (University of Montana)      
Running (Colorado State Dance Division) 
Help Wanted (Southern Utah University)   
; (Brigham Young University)
Unearthed (University of Oregon)


Fluent (Lewis & Clark)
How Dare We (Ever Be) All (University of Utah)
Media's Got Me All Figured Out: Reloaded (University of Colorado Boulder)
Women, WeMen, WeMan (University of Wyoming)
Probable Fall (University of Montana)

Each piece has 18 minutes to tech and please set a bow.

Tech schedule below:
Fragments Arrive     1:00 pm; Tech 1:30 pm
Peach & Pit Arrive     1:20 pm; Tech 1:50 pm
Running     Arrive 1:40 pm; Tech 2:10 pm
;     Arrive 2:00 pm; Tech 2:30
Help Wanted     Arrive 2:20 pm; Tech 2:50 pm
Unearthed    Arrive 2:40 pm; Tech 3:10 pm
Fluent    Arrive 3:20 pm; Tech 3:50 pm
How Dare We (Ever Be) All     Arrive 3:40 pm; Tech 4:10 pm
Media's Got Me All Figured Out: Reloaded     Arrive 4:00 pm; Tech 4:30 pm
Women, WeMen, WeMan    Arrive 4:20 pm; Tech 4:50 pm
Probable Fall     Arrive 4:40 pm; Tech 5:10 pm








WAIVERS: Please have these signed by all participants and returned via fax or email. Waivers must be signed before receiving registration materials.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Saturday, April 01, 2017

University of Oregon
Department of Dance
1484 University Street
Mailing: 1214 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403
United States

Map and Directions

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016:                                                                       
  Registration opens at 9:00AM for in-region ACDA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 19, 2016:   Registration opens for all ACDA members at 9AM PST
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016:
  Registration caps per school, if any, are lifted at 9:00AM

Wednesday, November 2, 2016:
  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 10th. 

Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for all conferences on October 17th.

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.

If bringing non-dancer student musicians who will be at the conference
only to perform, speak with the Conference Coordinator

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, 2016.
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.


Click on the links below to navigate through this page:    

General Information and Updates     
Conference Adjudicators     
Guest Artists     
Adjudication Information & Policies     
Informal Concert Information     
Conference Schedules     
Submitting Registration Information Online     

The University of Oregon Department of Dance invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Northwest Conference, March 29-April 1, in Eugene, Oregon.  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 Gala Concert. Additionally, special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned. 

Our chosen conference theme for 2017, "Inter/Action" highlights the collaborative nature of our field.  We will offer an Arts Mixer providing participants the opportunity to engage with artists in the fields of music, theater, visual art, film, and poetry, to explore the unique creative possibilities only available through interdisciplinary collaboration. Following the Arts Mixer there will be structured workshop times set aside for participants to generate and present their own collaborative studies.  We will also accept submissions for screendance works, that will be presented in a revolving venue throughout the conference.  We encourage teachers, panelists and presenters to consider ways that your instruction and research engage or embody a collaborative spirit that you could highlight and share at the conference.

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. 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 : Ananya Chatterjea, Holly Johnston, and James Sutton. More information about adjudicators and adjudication can be found on the ADJUDICATION INFO page on this website. Information about guest artists will be posted as soon as it is available.


While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills quickly.  Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDA members at 9:00am on Thursday, October 13, 2016 Pacific Time; for all ACDA members on Wednesday, October 19; and for non-members and schools attending a second conference on Wednesday, November 2.  Our maximum capacity is 400 registrants and 40 adjudicated dances, however, we do not have a per school registration cap. We will accept all registrants until our conference limit is reached.

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, 2016. 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 on the CONFERENCE DETAILS page of 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, adjudication or the informal concert, email the Conference Coordinator immediately to be put on the waitlist; be specific in your request.  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, and will adjudicate no more than 40.  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 time frame, 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 the University of Oregon look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area, the University of Oregon is nestled in the city of Eugene "recognized nationally for the quality of its transportation, green space, and commitment to sustainability" (visit.uoregon.edu). Directly from the UO campus you can take a walk to the Willamette River, visit the historic Hayward Field, or galleries and local eateries in the downtown area by catching the EMX bus from campus. The newly designed Erb Memorial Union provides a beautiful space for spontaneous improvisations, food or rest. Sustenance can also be found directly off campus on 13th Street and Alder.  The city of Eugene is very welcoming and The University of Oregon is thrilled to host the American College Dance Conference 2017!

Brad Garner and Shannon Mockli
ACDA Northwest Conference Coordinators

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   A leading voice in Contemporary Indian dance, Ananya Chatterjea is a choreographer, dancer, and thinker who envisions her work as a "call to action" with a particular focus on women artists of color. Recently lauded for her "strong...fierce, Odissi-based" work by Dance Magazine's Wendy Perron, she is the Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre (www.ananyadancetheatre.org). The company's work, described as "people powered dances of transformation," proceeds both through concert performances and through participatory performances in non-traditional spaces, where audiences become co-creators of movement explorations with the dancers. Ananya is the recipient of a 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellowship and a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship. Her most recent work Roktim was described as being characterized by "cohesive, precise movement vocabulary" and a "unique aesthetic" that "found a fresh liveliness in the agriculture sweatshop nightmare" (Star Tribune, 9/20/15). Ananya toured this work recently on a State Department funded tour to Ethiopia, and presented Roktim as the Keynote Performance at the Crossing Boundaries Festival in Addis Ababa, at the National Theater.
Holly Johnston is the artistic director of LEDGES AND BONES, a company of artists collaborating to create and present choreographic events that explore embodied experiences of being and feeling human. LEDGES AND BONES tours nationally and abroad offering performances, workshops and master classes for professional artists, emergent choreographers, performers, educators, academic institutions and arts organizations.  Holly was named by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch” in 2007 and recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as a choreographer who “pursues answers through primal, vulnerable dance that grabs for your soul.” She has collaborated with choreographers Stephanie Gilliland, Maria Gillespie, Rosanna Gamson, Stephanie Nugent and String Theory Productions. Holly has been an artist in residence at ODC Theater/SF, SCUBA Touring Artist, 2012 Maggie Allesse National Center for Choreography-Choreographic Fellow and Guest Artist for Transformation Danse in Montreal. Her work contains themes and subjects that interrelate to identity politics, anthropologies of human movement and body as a ‘dynamical system of response.’

Holly lives in California where she teaches biodynamical embodiment, contemporary technique, somatics, dance pedagogy, yoga for dancers, improvisation, duets and partnerships and choreography as practice-based movement research.  She is the creator of Integrated Human Action- a therapeutic bodywork practice that facilitates biodynamical processes of embodiment and self-actualization. Holly has a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She has served as part-time faculty for Loyola Marymount University, California State University- Long Beach, Chapman University, , California Institute of the Arts, University of California-Irvine, Pomona College, and California State University- Los Angeles. She served as Visiting Assistant Professor for Loyola Marymount University from 2011-2012. Holly has been a guest artist and lecturer for several dance departments and academic programs throughout the United States. Holly works as a public artist, educator and movement researcher. She shares her work through public events, written spaces, workshops and intensives and through her engagement with dance as a practice of freedom and human communication.
JAMES SUTTON, dancer, teacher, and choreographer, was for fourteen years an Associate Arts Professor in Dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is currently ballet master for New York Theatre Ballet. He was the co-recipient of the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching from the American Dance Festival in 2015.  As a performer, he appeared as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, and DANCERS.  Formerly Associate Director of the Kathryn Posin Modern Dance Company, he formed his own company in New York in 1983.  His choreographic commissions span all aspects of theatre and dance, from opera and musical productions to ballet and contemporary dance.  A frequent guest instructor around the US, he taught on the faculties of Marymount Manhattan College, Connecticut College, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Michigan, as well as for fifteen summers at the American Dance Festival beginning in 1985.  He was formerly ballet master for Ballet Hispanico of New York, and, for five years, company teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Internationally, he has been a guest teacher at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; Cloud-Gate Dance Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan; Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; and the Cullberg Ballet and Balett Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden, among other venues across Europe and Asia. Previously an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, he also currently works in Communications for Brooklyn Academy of Music and is a contributing writer for Ballet Review.

  zoe | juniper
2015 Guggenheim Fellow and 2013 Stranger Genius award winner zoe | juniper is a Seattle-based dance and visual arts team The Boston Globe describes as a "crazy dream you just can't shake." Co-founded by choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey, the company creates stunning dance, video installations and photography works. Their collaboration began in 2004 with I am nothing without you for On the Boards' NW New Works Festival, eventually leading to the formation of their company in 2006. That same year, zoe | juniper and composer/musician Morgan Henderson co-created the Secret of Gold Festival, an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Arlington, WA now known as Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts Festival.

Since 2006 their work has been presented and commissioned by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, SCUBA National Touring Network, Bates Dance Festival, PICA's TBA Festival, DiverseWorks, ArtSpace, Spoleto Festival, Columbia College, PuSh Festival, Edge Festival/GloAtl, Wesleyan University, Spectrum Dance Theater, American Realness Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, World Music/CRASHArts, The Joyce, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Body Festival, Southern Lights Dance, gloATL, CityArts Festival and The Myrna Loy Center. The company has received funding and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, Artist Trust, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Dance Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony, Bellagio Center/Rockefeller Foundation, MAD AIR, Arts Center New Zealand, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards and the Mellon Foundation.


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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Please note new request/reserve policy in effect for the first three days of in-region registration.

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.

  • Works-in-progress may be shown.
  • Dances presented in the Informal Concerts are restricted to work not being adjudicated. 

  • 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. 

  • During the first three days of registration, schools and individuals may request an informal slot during online registration. After three days, the host institution will reserve slots with priority given to schools with no reserved adjudication slots. Additional slots will be given to schools with adjudication slots based on time stamp of their registration. All schools requesting slots will be informed of their status. If additional slots are available after the initial three-day request period, they will be filled on a first registered/first reserved 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

  • 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. 13, 2017.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)


At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, 2017, and to conclude with a post-gala reception on the evening of Saturday, April 1st .  The exact time frame may vary depending on registration and adjudication numbers.

NOTICE:  ACDA participants have been offered a tremendous opportunity to see Quixotic's "Pulse" at the Hult Center Silva Stage with a  20% discount off the student rate on Tuesday evening, March 28th. Quixotic uses inventive lighting and projection techniques with highly-skilled performers pushing the boundaries of the theater experience, certainly highlighting our conference emphasis on Inter/ACTION.

In order to retrieve the discount rate, use the code "ACDA2017." Learn more about Quixotic and about purchasing tickets at http://www.hultcenter.org/Directory_View.aspx?ID=4585

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

For a full conference overview, click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.



Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Nov. 2, 2016 or Instructions for Initial Registration Nov. 2, 2016 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration. 

If registering prior to November 2, 2016, 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 13, 2017.
  • 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. We hope to offer at least one faculty-only class a day.  We hope faculty will consider proposing a session for their colleagues.

We encourage teachers and presenters to consider our conference theme, "Inter/ACTION" as you share your movement ideas and research with the conference community. In what ways does collaboration impact your processes and how can you foster a sense of interactivity among conference participants who engage in your classes and presentations?
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.

Consider offering a faculty-only session during the conference.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Information fields will be visible to all faculty members registrants.
           Deadline for submission of Teacher Information is December 15, 2016.
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 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 $50.00 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.

If musicians are interested in arranging a jam session or performance while at the conference, contact Brad Garner for support in making arrangements.
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is January 13, 2017.


                       Dance films are limited to 15 minutes and may be student or faculty work.
                       Deadline for Program information and digital files are due January 13, 2017.

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).

Deadline for presentation information submission December 15, 2016.


Each conference participant is required to sign the Liability Waiver. DOWNLOAD 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. Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available, unless you request a digital file of your own dance. See instructions below. DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO WAIVER.
Return the signed Video Waiver via FAX, postal service or scanned PDF email attachment.

Choreographers can request a digital file via dropbox of your own dances within the Adjudication and Gala concerts for $20 per piece. You are responsible to have enough space available in your dropbox folder in order to make this happen. Contact Shannon Mockli, smockli@uoregon.edu, with your requests. 

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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:
    Brad Garner
    Email: bradg@uoregon.edu
    Phone: 541-346-3382
    Fax: 541-346-3380

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to
     "The University of Oregon"

    Send payment to:
    UO Department of Dance
    Brad Garner
    1214 University of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon 97403-1214

    Federal ID# 46-4727800

          gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:                        

ACDA Lifetime Members: Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Judy Allen, Ruth Barnes, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, Paul Besaw, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Susan Douglas Roberts, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lynda Fitzgerald, Lisa A. Fusillo, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Joseph Gordon, Erica Helm, Luke Kahlich, Annie Kloppenberg, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Li Chiao-Ping, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Suzanne Ostersmith, Damon Rago, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Mark Santillano, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Andrew Vaca, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, Candace Winters-March, Darci Wutz, and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton