2018 ACDA SOUTH Conference

Natchitoches, Louisiana
Wednesday, April 04, 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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2018 ACDA SOUTH Conference
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - Saturday, April 07, 2018

Northwestern State University
Theatre & Dance Department
150 Central Ave
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497
United States

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Northwestern State University
invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's South Conference, April 4th, 2018 - April 7th, 2018, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  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.

The theme of our conference is BEYOND BOUNDARIES. We would like everyone to think about reaching past their potential both artistically, creatively and technically. Dance has no boundaries and can transcend its audience into a world of ingenuity. In today's day and age, it's most important to push past boundaries of cultural and ethnic  backgrounds bringing us together to celebrate dance and the arts.

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; Leda Meredith, Steve Rooks and Kista Tucker. We are still in the process of securing guest faculty, as of now Eric Rivera is confirmed. 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 500 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances.

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 Northwestern State University look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area, Natchitoches, (Nack-a-tish) is the orginal French colony in Louisiana, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714, Natchitoches, retains its Eurpoean flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. Historic Natchitoches is a Bed and Breakfast lovers dream! Stay in an antebellum-style home, a Creole cottage or a cabin on the river. Our hotels are top notch with a taste of Southern hospitality.

Brett Garfinkel and Kirstin Riehl
ACDA South Conference Coordinator

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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 48.  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.


Leda Meredith
Steve Rooks
Kista Tucker                           
   Eric Rivera
   Tony Smith                             

Detailed information available on CONCERTS + 


By Air
Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV)
5103 Hollywood Ave, Shreveport, LA 71109
76 Miles from campus, 1 hour and 10-minute drive
Alexandria International Airport (AEX)
1100 Frank Andrews Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303
55 miles from campus, 53-minute drive

By Bus
Greyhound travels to Shreveport & Alexandria, LA
Shreveport Bus Station
408 Fannin St 
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
(318) 221-4200
Alexandria Bus Station is located at the Quick Wash
1705 E Texas Ave 
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
(318) 445-4525 

By Car
Link to Google Maps w/School Address

Local Transportation
There is NO local transportation; Taxis or Uber. You must walk or drive yourself everywhere!


There will be a $10 one time fee for parking. This is per vehicle not per person. If you do not purchase a parking pass you will be ticketed!
ACDA has secured availability booking at local hotels. When making your reservation, indicate that you are with ACDA South to get the reduced rates quoted below. Besides staying at a hotel consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast close to campus. Staying at a B&B will allow you to experience our town in a much more friendlier and welcoming setting than a hotel.

Detailed hotel information follows.

Chateau Saint Denis                                                                

751 2nd Street
Natchitoches LA, 71457

Reservations can be made under ACDA South (318) 951-4105
Discounted Rate $99.00 this includes breakfast and internet

1 mile away from campus, in the heart of downtown. 4 min drive/20-minute Walk to Campus


Hampton Inn

5300 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA, 71457

Reservations can be made under ACDA South (318)354-0100
Discounted Rate $99 per night

4.7 miles from campus, 9-minute drive to campus


Fairfield Inn & Suites 

150 Hayes Avenue
Natchitoches LA, 71457

Reservations can be made under ACDA South (318)354-8007
Discounted Rate: $97.00 per night depending on time of reservation 

4.4 miles from campus, 9-minute drive to campus


Bed & Breakfast Accommodations Below: 

The Rusca House

124 Poete Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Bridget Williams 1-866-531-0898, bridget@ruscahouse.com
Discounted Rate: $94/room, 4 Rooms/ Sleeps 8 people
0.6 miles from campus, 3 min drive/13 min walk to campus

Sweet Cane Inn 
926 Washington St
Natchitoches, LA  71457
Kimberly Rollins (318) 352-5630
Discounted Rate: $94/room, 7 Rooms, Sleeps 14-16 people

1.4 miles from campus, in the heart of downtown, 6 min drive/25 min walk to campus

The Good House
314 Poete Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Nancy Rutledge (318) 332-5195, rutledgepropertiesbandb@gmail.com
Discounted Rate: $94/room, 4.5 Bedrooms/ Sleep 8-10 people
0.5 miles from campus, 3 min drive/12 min walk to campus

Judge Porter House
321 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Angela Price 1-800-441-8343, reservations.nbb@gmail.com
Discounted Rate: $86/room + $9 for Breakfast which is optional
5 Rooms/Sleeps 10
0.5 miles from campus, 3 min drive/11 min walk to campus

The Queen Anne
125 Pine Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Angela Price 1-800-441-8343, reservations.nbb@gmail.com
Discounted Rate: $86/room + $9 for Breakfast which is optional
5 Rooms/Sleeps 10
0.6 mile from campus, 3 min drive/12 min walk to campus

Violet Hill
917 Washington Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Angela Price 1-800-441-8343, reservations.nbb@gmail.com
Discounted Rate: $86/room + $9 for Breakfast which is optional
5 Rooms/ Sleeps 10
1.4 miles from campus, 6 min drive/28 mins walk to campus

Andrew Morris House
422 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Angela Price 1-800-441-8343, reservations.nbb@gmail.com
Discounted Rate: $86/room + $9 for Breakfast which is optional
4 Rooms/Sleeps 8
0.7 miles from campus, 3 min drive/15 min walk to campus


LSMSA High School Cafeteria offers buffet style lunch for $5 cash only

Smoothie King, Dickey's BBQ, Magee's Patio Cafe

Sonic, Cane's, McDonald's, Hardee's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Popeye's, Wendy's, Southern Classic

IHOP, Huddle House, Nicky's, Lasyone's, Merci Beaucoup, Mama's & Papa's, Pioneer Pub, Maglieaux's, Cane River Bar & Grill, Mayeaux's, Hana, El Nopal, Front Street Market Place, Chili's, The Breakfast Nook


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • We will be accepting checks as payment for conference fees.

    All checks should be payable to:
    NSU Theatre & Dance

    Send payment to:
    NSU Theatre & Dance
    c/o Brett Garfinkel, ACDA
    150 Central Ave
    Natchitoches, LA 71497

    Federal Tax ID #  72 - 6021495

    W9 Form

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