2018 ACDA BAJA Conference

Carson, California
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NOTE:  If registering prior to November 1, 2017, registration is a TWO-STEP PROCESS.  
Please read Registration Instructions before registration opens.

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UPDATE 12/17/17:  Any all information that has not been turned in is now late.  Scheduling is being posted now. Check for your school's tech times.

2018 ACDA BAJA Conference
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Saturday, January 20, 2018

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dept. of Theatre and Dance
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
United States

Map and Directions

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Welcome/Conference Overview      
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Travel and Lodging     
Food Options    

National Announcement:

What a fantastic gala performance!  Thank you for sharing your dancing with us.  Thank you all the students and faculty who attended and made this a wonderful conference.  The faculty reps from each school should be expecting an email from Diane Defries the ACDA executive director

The adjudicators have selected the following dances for the National College Dance Festival in Washington D.C.


University of California Irvine

Shikata ga nai (2017)

Choreographer:  Vanessa Kanamoto, Graduate

Beautifully understated storytelling opens a glimpse into the enormous injustice of internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. With a combination of subtle gestures and full-out dancing to a recorded interview, this solo is both educational and moving.


Orange Coast College 

Focus (2017)

Choreographer:  Zachary Groenewold, Faculty

A lone figure fights his own wandering focus with maniacal energy. Temptation in the form of eleven high wattage hip-hop dancers blasts his attempts, with hilarious results. Crazy-good physical comedy from the central figure and hair-trigger timing from the exuberant crew, create a highly-charged experience.



Santa Monica College       

Entangled somewhere... (2017)

Choreographer:  Jae Lee, Faculty

In this kinetically exciting piece, seven dancers grab, hold, and push each other with relentless speed and precision. The trust required by the risky, razor-sharp timing is breathtaking. Providing relief from the hyper-aggressive energy are suspended lifts and hovering jumps.

Gala Concert:

The adjudicators chose the following dances for the 2018 ACDA Baja Conference Gala.  Congratulations to the choreographers and dancers of the following works:


1.     Traction, Cerritos College

2.     Sestina:  Love Letters, California State University, Long Beach

3.     Shikata ga nai, University of California, Irvine

4.     Scanners, California State University, Fullerton

5.     Acceptance, California State University, Dominguez Hills


6.     Cocoon, Rio Hondo College

7.     Cascading Failures, Santa Barbara City College

8.     Entangled somewhere…, Santa Monica College

9.     strength in NUMBers, Cypress College

10.  Focus, Orange Coast College


Faculty Reps/Choreographers and Tech staff from the above schools must attend a Gala Production Meeting in the University Theatre Green Room at 11:30 am for information about tech, to receive tech times, and to proof the Gala program. Two max per school please.  If you require a sub for any classes you are teaching please notify us as soon as possible.

Please come to the stage door entry of our theater to register for the conference!

CSU Dominguez Hills invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Baja Conference, January 17-20, 2018 in sunny Carson, CA.  Our conference will be 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.

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 adjudication concerts, master classes and panel discussions and/or lectures. All institutions and individual are invited 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.
Conference attendance is open to ACDA members and non-members, although only members may register during the member priority period and only institutional members may present work in adjudication concerts. 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.

ACDA regional conferences provide the opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators. More information about adjudication, adjudicators and guest artists can be found on the CONCERTS + page.

While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills quickly. Please note registration opening dates in DEADLINES/FORMS. Our maximum capacity is 340 registrants and 36 adjudicated dances. In order to accommodate as many schools as possible, a registration cap of 17 students per school is in effect until Wednesday, October 25th.

Registration fees, information and instructions are available on the REGISTRATION page. It is highly recommended that you read Registration Instructions carefully before starting to register your group. 

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 registrations, 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 CSUDH look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area we are close to several attractions including Aquarium of the Pacific, U.S.S. Iowa, and beaches galore.  We are also within driving distance of several amusement parks including Disneyland if you wish to extend your stay to the area. 

Kenneth Walker and Doris Ressl
ACDA Baja Conference Coordinators

1/18 update.

To all conference participants:
Just a reminder that the adjudication process is structured to ensure that feedback and the selection process is as objective as possible.  Adjudicators do not know the names of schools or choreographers presenting work in the adjudication concerts. In order to keep the integrity of this ACDA policy and process in tact through the adjudicators’ final decision, it is necessary to ask all conference participants to avoid conversation with adjudicators about the adjudicated dances, the adjudication process, or their comments during the feedback session. In addition, please do not discuss your school's programs or your own work with the adjudicators. Your full cooperation is being requested for the enjoyment of all conference participants, including the adjudicators!
We also want all participants to be aware of the following statement the ACDA recently passed.



ACDA recognizes that Art can provoke; therefore, during the course of the conference, participants are empowered to remove themselves from conference activities should they feel a threat to their well-being.



Thank you in advance!


Doris Ressl

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If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to ADJUDICATION on the ACDA website. Time and space will limit the number of dances we can adjudicate to no more than 36 adjudication slots.  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. If you choose to have two pieces adjudicated, at least one piece must be choreographed by a student. Please remember that you must be an ACDA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.



Victor Alexander

Wendy Perron
Edisa Weeks

Detailed information available on CONCERTS +



By Air
LAX: 14.6 miles away
Long Beach Airport: 12 miles away
John Wayne Airport: 34 miles away

By Train
Union Station: 17.4 miles away
Santa Ana Station: 28 miles away

Metro Green line nearest stop: Artesia, 2.5 miles away
Metro Blue line nearest stop: Harbor Freeway, 6 miles away

(You will still need to take a bus, taxi or rideshare from any of these stops)

By Bus
MTA drops off right in the front of our campus. 

By Car
Google Directions to our school
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Local Transportation in Carson:
All conference activities will be happening on campus.  The campus is within driving distance of the host hotels.  We do not recommend walking.  There are shopping centers and plenty of off campus eateries within driving distance of the campus.

Parking is $8 per day. Nearest lots to all conference activities are lots 3 and 6.  Attendees with a valid parking permit from another CSU campus may park for free because of a reciprocal agreement with all CSU campuses.

ACDA has secured block booking at two hotels. When making your reservation, indicate that you are with ACDA to get the reduced rates quoted below.

Detailed hotel information follows:

2 Civic Plaza Dr
Carson, CA 90745
Rate: $145
Complimentary wifi and parking
4 people per room
Reserve by 12/17/17
reservation code: ACDA Baja Region
5 miles from campus

Book your DoubleTree rooms here.

Holiday Inn
19800 South Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA 90502
Rate: $145
4 people per room with 2 beds, 3 people per room with 1 bed


Reservations will be made by: Individual Call-In

Individuals making their reservations can book one of two ways: Contact reservations at 1-855-836-6189, or by booking online at www.ihg.com/holidayinn/torranceca. When calling please have your guests refer to your group name of American College Dance Conference in order to receive your group rate. All reservations must be received on or before January 3, 2018. Should additional reservations be requested after January 3, 2018, Holiday Inn will try to accommodate these requests. However, the special discounted room rate noted in this agreement may no longer be available.

Booking online please enter in the dates between January 17, 2018 and Dates January 21, 2018 in the group code box enter CDC. If  attendees try to enter dates that are not within your block, the group rate will not be available.

Reserve by 1/3/18
reservation code online: CDC
reservation code by phone: American College Dance Conference
5 miles from campus

Book your Holiday Inn rooms here


Our on campus eateries will be open for the duration of the conference.  On campus we have A&W, Subway, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, DH Sports Lounge for sports bar fare, and 1910 Cafe for sit down meals.  All of these places are located inside Loker Student Union.

Should you decide to eat off campus there are dining options at:  

South Bay Pavilion
20700 S Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746
Gateway Towne Center
Towne Center Dr, Compton, CA 90220

and several food establishments at 
17404 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746

When in doubt Yelp! it. 
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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinators: Doris Ressl and Kenneth Walker
    Email: acdabaja18@gmail.com
    Phone: (310) 243 - 3732
    Fax: (310) 516-4628

Payment Instructions

  • Payment Methods:

    1) Check

    Make Check Payable to:

    CSU Dominguez Hills
    Attn: Cashier's Office WH-B270
    1000 E. Victoria Street
     Carson, CA 90747

    On the check stub each participating campus should also list ACDA 2018 Conference.

    This will help identify who the funds belong to once the check arrives on campus.

    2) CPO
    CSU to CSU payments via Cash Posting Order (CPO) can be sent via email to Gwen Taylor — gtaylor@csudh.edu –– be sure to indicate that payment is for  ACDA Baja Conference 2018.

    3) Credit Card
    Credit cards payment is now available at our storefront!

    To pay online with credit card click go HERE

ACDA gratefully acknowledges support from our Lifetime Members:
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Judy Allen, Tiffanee Arnold, Ruth Barnes, Jean Baxter, Lorelei E. Bayne, Jeanne Beaman, Paul Besaw, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Keith Skip Costa, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Susan Douglas Roberts, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lynda Fitzgerald, Lisa A. Fusillo, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Joseph Gordon, Erica Helm, Gerri P. Houlihan, 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 Brown Wutz, Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton