Plymouth, New Hampshire
Wednesday, April 03, 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, April 03, 2019 - Sunday, April 07, 2019

Plymouth State University
Music, Theater and Dance Depar
17 High Street, MSC #37
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
United States

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ACDA T-Shirts are available for Pre-Order through RegOnline; both styles are $25.
ACDA T-shirts as well as other dance apparel will be sold at the conference. 
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Boxed Lunches are available for before adjudicated performances, and you are able to eat in our theater. Gluten-free, Vegan, and Vegetarian options are available. They are available for order through RegOnline.
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   Faculty Reps: Re-enter your registration   
with email and password and click on FEES
           to place t-shirt and meal orders.        

Plymouth State University invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's New England Conference, April 3rd- April 7th, in Plymouth, NH.  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, and feedback sessions. 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.

CONFERENCE THEME: Dance in the Creative Economy

*Information provided by NH Creative Communities Network


The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) uses the description, “The creative economy is a powerful and positive global force. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that impact the economy by generating jobs, revenue, and quality of life.” NEFA’s complete report, “The Creative Economy: A New Definition” and related research is on NEFA’s website.

How Do You Define the Creative Economy?

Creative industry professionals, economic and community developers, government officials, and arts supporters have different ways of looking at the value of the creative economy. Telling the story of the creative economy’s impact on job growth, tourism through local spending, and community quality of life is important. Collecting data to measure creative economy impacts is essential to gain a complete understanding of the true economic and social benefits of creative enterprises. 

Organizations specializing in creative economy data collection, such as Americans for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts, measure both non-profit and for profit creative services. Methods for measuring the economic impact of individual artists, for profit creative industries, and non-profit organizations are still evolving. Defining the creative economy requires careful consideration of all the creative industry categories at work in a community. 

How the Creative Economy Works

Three vital components comprise the creative economy: 1) the creators of the work who may or may not be professionals, 2) the consumers who make the choice to attend the theater, film or a concert, purchase locally produced literature, art or crafts, contract with photographers, architects and designers for services or visit a museum or cultural exhibit, and 3) the supporters who help advance the development of creative industries by establishing cultural councils and percent for art ordinances, hiring artists in residence and speaking in support of the arts to policy makers. 


American Planning Association Briefing Paper

“People are increasingly recognizing the connection between the activity of the arts and culture sector and the economic vitality in a neighborhood or community. High concentrations of creative enterprises and workers in a geographic area may provide a competitive edge by elevating a community’s quality of life, improving its ability to attract economic activity, and creating a climate for innovation to flower. Communities in which arts and culture activities of all types flourish are important for the recruitment and retention of a skilled and educated workforce in a city or region. The presence of arts and culture in a specific neighborhood or community location can increase attention and foot traffic, bringing in visitors and attracting more development. Furthermore, formal and informal training in the arts can abet the development of skills valued in the global economy, such as strong oral and communication skills, precise and high-quality work performance, ease in working in teams and ensembles, comfort in new and innovative situations, and the ability to work well with people from diverse cultures.”

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. These adjudicators are still being finalized. 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 350 registrants, 18 registrants per college, and 44 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 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. 

All of us at Plymouth State University look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area Plymouth is a quaint town located off of 93 and Tenney Mountain Highway in the middle of scenic New Hampshire. It is located about 45 minutes from Concord, the capital. The town of Plymouth has a long main street where most of the shops and restaurants are located. The area is home to may great hiking trails, water falls, and outdoor attractions. The hotels in the area are located only a few minutes away, and there are hotels a little further out that are also available. Enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Plymouth!

Amanda Whitworth 
ACDA New England 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 45.  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.



Licia Perea
Robin Wilson
Peter DiMuro

Detailed information available on CONCERTS + 


By Air
Closest Airports:

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport:

Boston Logan International Airport:
Bus to Plymouth from Logan:

By Train
Train can be used to get close to Plymouth, but not directly into the town. A bus (see below) through Concord Coach Lines connects to the Amtrak line for train travel. 

Amtrak Throughway Bus from Plymouth:

Amtrak Boston South Station (Closest Amtrak Station):

Amtrak Downeaster from Boston to Portland ME:

Amtrak Vermonter from DC- St. Albans VT

By Bus
There is a bus stop in the middle of Plymouth State University's campus.

Concord Coach Lines:


By Car
Here is the address if you are traveling by car:

Local Transportation:

Plymouth State University has a shuttle system that is free and available to ACDA participants. It does rounds daily and will be running during the conference to get around on campus. 


Parking on campus will be available for participants, more information to come.
ACDA has secured block booking at three hotels. When making your reservation, indicate that you are with ACDA to get the reduced rates quoted below.
Detailed hotel information follows.

Fairfield Inn and Suites
Distance from conference:  3.1 miles
12 Ridge View Ln, Plymouth, NH 03264-4004
5 rooms with 1 king bed $129 per night
5 rooms with 2 queen beds $129 per night

Campton Days Inn
Distance from conference:  4.7 miles
1513 Daniel Webster Hwy, I-93 Exit 27 on US Route 3, Campton, NH 03223
2 double beds $348.40 for 3 nights

Ashland Comfort Inn
Distance from conference: 6 miles
(603) 968-7668
53 West St, Ashland, NH 03217-4219
Thursday $100
Friday $159

Mill Falls At The Lake - Meredith NH

Call 800-622-6455 and ask for "ACDA rates".  We are offering ratesbased on our general availability.


  • Mill Falls Rate: $149.00
  • Chase House Rate: $169.00
  • Bay Point: $189.00
  • Church Landing Standard rooms: $249.00
  • Church Landing Deluxe/Suites-Main Building: $329.00
  • Church Landing Lodge Suites: $349.00


Pricing is per night, single or double occupancy.  Please add 9% Tax, $2.50 per night Housekeeping and $2.00 per night Conservation Fee to the rates above.

Other Hotels in the Area:
Common Man Inn and Spa

Red Carpet Inn and Suites

Econo Lodge

Pilgrim Inn and Cottages

The Sunny Grange B&B

Colonel Spencer Inn

Cheney House

Glynn House Inn

Inn on Golden Pond

Waterville Valley:
The Valley Inn

Snowy Own Inn

Black Bear Lodge

Golden Eagle Lodge

Meredith/Central Harbor/Bristol:

Church Landing at Mill Falls

The Tuckernuck Inn

The Nutmeg Inn

The Ballard House Inn

Sutton House Bed and Breakfast

Center Harbor Inn

A Newfound Bed and Breakfast

Pleasant View B&B

Super 8 Tilton

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tilton 

The Tilton Inn

Hampton Inn and Suites Tilton

Black Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites

Travelodge Tilton

The Landmark Inn

The Summit Resort

Cedar Lodge at Brickyard Mountain

Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages 


The Plymouth State University Dining Hall will be open for use by registrants, which includes a variety of options, including options for those with dietary restrictions. There are also a variety of restaurants located on the Main Street of Plymouth which are diverse and would accommodate any dietary needs. 

73 spaces remaining


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Payment Methods: 
    Checks only
    Purchase Orders accepted
    as intention to pay

     All checks should be payable to
     "Plymouth State University"

    Send payment to:
    Plymouth State University Dance
    ATTN: Amanda Whitworth
    17 High Street 
    MSC 37, Plymouth, NH 03264

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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