Morris, Minnesota
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NOTE:  If registering prior to October 31, 2018, registration is a TWO-STEP PROCESS.  
Please read Registration Instructions before registration opens.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019

University of Minnesota, Morris
Dance Department
600 E 4th Street
Morris, Minnesota 56267
United States

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The University of Minnesota Morris invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's North-Central Region Conference, March 20-23, 2019, in Morris, MN.  The North-Central Conference will feature the history of the university, founded in 1887 as a Native American boarding school, with our Dance in Place theme by showcasing our rural community and the arts surrounding.  Dance in Place will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to investigate dance in a rural setting with a rich history surrounding the Native American culture.

Our conference will be an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations open to students and faculty, 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 individuals 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. We are working on securing our third adjudicator and will post updated information as soon as possible, as well as guest artists. 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 400 registrants and 44 adjudicated dances. In order to accommodate as many schools as possible, a registration cap of 18 students per school is in effect until Wednesday, October 24th.

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 and adjudication slots, a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each individual registrant and a $75.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each adjudication slot cancelled prior to full payment. There are no refunds on paid registrations. Register only the number of participants and reserve only the number of adjudication slots that you are committed to bringing. 

For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our small-town approximately 140 miles west of the Twin Cities. Campus is a short walking distance from a town and a chance to investigate a rural way of life.  All of us at the University of Minnesota Morris look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Stephanie Ferrian
ACDA North-Central 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 44.  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.



Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NY. Ms. Brenner's work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 50 companies and colleges in Germany, Sweden, France, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Senegal, Russia & Siberia, Macedonia, Bosnia, and throughout the US. She is a sought-after master teacher conducting workshops in technique, improvisation, composition, repertory and vocal work worldwide. Ms. Brenner performed with Meredith Monk and the Vocal Ensemble for fifteen years. She was Co-Choreographer for Michael Moschen, a soloist with Annabelle Gamson's company performing historic repertory of Mary Wigman and others, and a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Company (1977-84) working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company and Alwin Nikolais. She has restaged Murray Louis’ repertory throughout the world. Ms. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009. She has served as Director of Choreography for Regional Dance America's Choreography Summer Intensives, and recently returned from Shanghai where she was the first American dance artist at the Shanghai Dance Academy. www.janisbrenner.com

Gerald Casel is a San Francisco based dance artist and Artistic Director of GERALDCASELDANCE. His work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. He is an Associate Professor of Dance and is the Associate Chair of the Department of Theater Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz. Casel received a Bessie award for dancing in the companies of Michael Clark, Stephen Petronio, Zvi Gotheiner, and Stanley Love. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he holds an MFA from UW-Milwaukee. Recent performance projects include collaborations with Na-ye Kim + Peiling Kao, Keith Hennessy, and Netta Yerushalmy. Casel leads a Community Engagement Residency entitled Dancing Around Race, a process that interrogates racial inequity in the San Francisco Bay Area. This summer, he and his students will return to Camping at Centre National de la Danse in Paris. www.geraldcasel.com


Jennifer Sommers holds an MFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.   She has performed with Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers and the Albany Berkshire Ballet, where she also served as Ballet Mistress.  Her dance honors include a scholarship to Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Workshop, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, and a Lake Region Arts Council grant in support of new work.  From 2000-2005, she served as the Associate Director of Raleigh Dance Theatre (a Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Honor Company) and on the faculty of Meredith College.  From 2005-2008, she served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Morris and taught both dance and interdisciplinary courses.  She relocated to Houston, TX in 2008 and launched a dance program at KIPP Sharpstown College Prep.  She joined the Houston Ballet Education & Community Engagement department in 2010 and currently serves as Director, Education & Community Engagement. She teaches dance and dance integration classes to students and teachers throughout the greater Houston area.  She has also served on the faculty of and choreographed for the University of Houston.

Detailed information available on CONCERTS + 


By Air
Miineapolis/St. Paul airport is 170 miles from the Morris campus. 
Hector International Airport in Fargo, ND is 115 miles
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT SHUTTLE from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Executive Express Shuttle Service provides a pick up and drop off location right on campus at the north door of the Student Center or the GrandStay Hotel. It runs on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.Executive Express 1-888-522-9899
By Bus
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT SHUTTLE Executive Express Shuttle Service provides a pick up and drop off location right on campus at the north door of the Student Center or the GrandStay Hotel. It runs on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.Executive Express 1-888-522-9899
By Car
University of Minnesota Map Location
600 E 4th St.
Morris MN 56267

Local Transportation:
All of the conference festivities are centered near the UMM Student Center and Humanities Fine Arts Building and in easy walking distance. You can even walk to the area hotels.  
MORRIS TRANSIT SERVICE The Morris Transit Service conveniently stops on campus on the hour, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to make your way around the community.
    • Fares are $1.25, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., from campus or if scheduled two-hours in advance.
    • Fares are $2.50, Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Sunday, or if not schedule two-hours in advance.
You may also pick up a Punch Pass for $10.To learn more or schedule a ride call 320-589-1000.


Parking in the North Lot will be free for conference participants.
ACDA has secured block booking at four hotels. When making your reservation please call the hotels directly, indicate that you are with ACDA to get the reduced rates quoted below.

Hotel rooms are at a premium. Please consider consolidating room occupancy wherever possible.  We encourage you to make your room reservations early.  In the event your room reservations change, we ask that you contact Stephanie Ferrian (sferrian@morris.umn.edu) so we can transfer your held room to anyone that is looking for additional rooms.

Detailed hotel information follows.
Please complete this survey once you make your hotel reservations: https://goo.gl/forms/NBXhYuSCOFwnpNti2

Grandstay Hotel and Suites
Mention ACDA Group Rate
Distance from conference:  0.8 miles.  19 Minute Walk
320-585-4000 (call for group rate, online booking at group rate not available)
East, 5 MN-28
Morris, MN 56267
Room rate: $114.00+tax weekday $136.00+tax Fri/Sat
*hotel already has limited availability

Super 8 Hotel
Mention ACDA Group Rate
Distance from conference:  .8 miles (17 minute walk)
320-589-8888 (call for group rate, online booking at group rate not available)
102 MN-28
Morris MN 56267
Room Rates:
$ 90.00 plus tax  ( 2 queen beds no micro/ fridge)     
$ 97.00 plus tax   ( 1 King Bed comes with micro/fridge) 
$ 112.00 plus tax    ( 2 room king suite with couch that pulls out into a bed)    1 room of this type
$ 96.00  ( 1 Queen Bed comes with micro/fridge)
$ 92.00 plus tax  (single queen/handicap room no micro/fridge )
$ 128.00 plus tax  ( 1 room king bed jacuzzi  suite with micro/fridge)
$ 133.00 plus tax  ( 2 room king bed jacuzzi suite with pull out sofa with micro/fridge)  1
$  96.00 plus tax  ( 2 queen beds with micro/fridge)  12 rooms of this type

Hotel 200
Mention ACDA Group Rate
Distance from conference:  .7 miles (13 minute walk)
320-589-3030 (call for group rate, online booking at group rate not available)
200 MN-28
Morris MN 56267
Group rate $75 +tax
Hotel is currently going through renovations. 

GrandStay Hotel and Suites in Glenwood
Mention ACDA Group Rate

Distance from conference:  27.6 miles (31 minute drive)
320-334-3700 (call for group rate, online booking at group rate not available)
114 West Minnesota Ave
Glenwood MN 56334
Group rate $99 +tax
After 2 people additional $10 per person, $10 for airmatressAlternate Hotels, please call directly for rates and availability

Morris Motel - Morris, MN

Country Inn Benson - Benson, MN
Distance from conference:  25 miles (28 minute drive)

Please complete this survey once you make your hotel reservations: https://goo.gl/forms/NBXhYuSCOFwnpNti2


Boxed Lunches will be available during the conference, pre-order will be available following registration period.

Local Food Options

China Panda

305 Atlantic Ave
(320) 589-1500
11am to 9pm | Sunday - Thursday
11am to 10pm | Friday & Saturday

DeToy's Family Restaurant

802 Atlantic Ave
(320) 589-1222
6am to 8pm | Monday - Friday
6am to 4pm | Saturday
7am to 2pm | Sunday

Met Lounge

26 E 6th St
(320) 589-5611
Bar | 4pm to 1am | Tuesday - Saturday
Kitchen | 5pm to 9pm | Tuesday - Saturday

Mi Mexico

616 Atlantic Ave
(320) 585-8001
11am to 10pm | Monday - Wednesday
11am to 11pm | Thursday - Saturday

Old #1 Bar & Grill

412 Atlantic Avenue
(320) 589-2270
11am to 1am | All Week

Pizza Hut

1001 Columbia Ave
(320) 589-4084
11am to 10pm | Sunday - Thursday
11am to 11pm | Friday & Saturday

Pizza Ranch

7 E 5th St
(320) 589-2102
11am to 9pm | Sunday - Thursday
11am to 10pm | Friday & Saturday

Common Cup Coffeehouse
501 Atlantic Ave (320) 589-1200
7:30am to 6pm | Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4pm | Saturday
Closed | Sunday

Don's Cafe

15 E 5th St
(320) 589-9000
6am to 2pm | Monday - Thursday
6am to 2pm, 5pm to 10pm | Friday & Saturday
8am to 2pm | Sunday


Dairy Queen 
24 Atlantic Avenue
(320) 589-2227
10:30 to 10pm | All Week


1124 Atlantic Avenue
(320) 589-3239
5:30am to 11:30pm | All Week
·         10% Discount with Student ID ·        

1002 Columbia Avenue 320-589-1281
7am to 10pm | Monday - Friday
8am to 10pm | Saturday
9am to 10pm | Sunday ·         Discount with Student ID  

Taco John’s
108 Atlantic Avenue
6am to 10pm | Monday - Friday
8am to 10pm | Saturday
8am to 9pm | Sunday

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Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Payment Methods:
    Checks only
    Purchases Orders accepted as 
    proof of intention to pay

    All checks should be payable to
     "University of Minnesota Morris Dance"

    Send payment to:
    University of Minnesota Morris
    Stephanie Ferrian
    600 E 4th St.
    Morris MN 56267

    UMM Federal ID# 41-6007513

ACDA gratefully acknowledges support from our generous 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 (deceased), 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, Lana Kay Rosenberg, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Mark Santillano, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Andrew Vaca, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, Candace Winters-March, Darci Brown Wutz, and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton