2011 ACDFA Northeast Conference

Allentown, PA
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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2011 ACDFA Northeast Conference
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 10:00 AM -
Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre and Dance
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104
United States


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Regional Conference Information and Updates
Fees and Deadlines
Conference Adjudicators
Guest Artists
Adjudication Information & Policies
Informal Concert Information
Dance On Film Component
Conference Schedules
Online Form Information and Mail-in Waivers






Muhlenberg College's Department of Theatre and Dance cordially invites you and your students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's Northeast Conference, March 9-12, 2011, in Allentown, Pa. We are planning an exciting agenda for all participants, including:

  • an opening concert by Urban Bush Women, who will also offer master classes during the conference.
  • an extensive dance on video and film component for the conference, including
    • a 48-hour on-site video dance contest,
    • hands-on workshops,
    • screenings of award-winning films,
    • lectures,
    • an adjudicated Dance on Camera option.

We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators in Gabri Christa, Susan Hadley, and Jim Sutton. In addition to the adjudicated concerts we will have an informal concert, gala concert, dinners, receptions, and a packed schedule of classes.

We anticipate an enthusiastic response to this conference, and space is limited. Our maximum capacity is 400 registrants and 44 adjudicated dances. Beginning October 4, in-region priority for registration for this conference or the Mid-Atlantic conference will be given to all ACDFA members from both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. An invitation code allowing access to registration will be sent to Mid-Atlantic and Northeast members prior to October 4. General registration will begin Monday, October 18 for all other regions. We register participants on a first paid - first accepted basis. Proof of intention to pay (either a check, p.o. number or faxed request of payment) must be received within two weeks of your registration. When we reach maximum capacity (possibly well before the posted deadline) we will be unable to accept additional participants. Please plan to register and to pay early.

You need not be an ACDFA member to attend the conference, although only institutional members may participate in the adjudication process. Additionally, members pay a discounted registration fee. If you have not yet joined ACDFA, we urge you to do so to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs.

ACDFA 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 the attention to diversity within informal and formally adjudicated concerts, master classes, panel discussions, and lectures. We would like to encourage 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, viewing the concerts, and listening to the adjudicators' comments, as well as the energy exchange among dancers and faculty from other schools, has always proven invaluable for our students, regardless of their levels of dance experience.

A great deal of initial planning for our Northeast Conference has already occurred. Conference registration closed out quickly.  If you have already registered, please send in payment or proof of intention to pay within two weeks of your registration. It is critical for us to receive payment to reserve your registration spots. There is currently a waiting list of schools hoping to participate.

If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies. If you choose to adjudicate two pieces, at least one must be choreographed by a student. Time and space will limit the number of pieces we can adjudicate. Pieces will be accepted for adjudication, like registration, on a first-paid, first-accepted basis. Please remember you must be an institutional member in good standing of ACDFA in order to qualify for adjudication.

For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area, Muhlenberg College is located in Allentown, Pa., less than two hours from New York, the Pocono Mountains, and the New Jersey shore, and an hour from Philadelphia. The beautiful tree-lined campus is small enough to navigate easily, parking is ample, and our facilities are lovely. Numerous hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers are within a two-mile radius of the college.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Karen Dearborn
Conference Coordinator, ACDFA
Director, Muhlenberg College Dance Program

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Conference Registration Fee Per Participant

by Dec. 15
after Dec. 15
Faculty or Student of ACDFA Member 
School or Individual Member
$110 $135
Faculty or Student of Non-Member
School or Individual
$135 $160

Conference Registration includes:

  • Opening concert by Urban Bush Women
  • Classes on days of the conference
  • Informal Concerts
  • Adjudication Concerts
  • Gala Concert
  • Conference receptions
  • Screen Dance adjudications and presentations


Faculty/Musician Dinner on Saturday, March 12, 5pm - 7pm: $30.00 per person

The student dinner is free.

Adjudication Fee:
$100 per dance — maximum of two dances may be adjudicated

See "Payment Instructions" in the right sidebar for instructions of how to submit your NON-REFUNDABLE fees.

Do not send any money (other than ACDFA membership fees) to the National Office.


In-Region (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic) Priority: Oct. 4-17, 2010
Open registration: Oct. 18, 2010
Late registration: Dec. 13, 2010
Teacher interest form (online) Dec. 15, 2010
Musician form (online) Dec. 15, 2010
Adjudication program information (online) Jan. 15, 2011
Concert information (online) Jan. 15, 2011


Prior to Oct. 31 After Oct. 31
Institutional Membership in ACDFA (2 years) $250 $300
Individual Membership Dues (1 year) $50 $50

Institutional Membership dues are for two years. This membership is required for all groups who wish to have work(s) adjudicated at the conference.

With the individual membership, you are not eligible to have works adjudicated at the conferences. These checks are payable to ACDFA at the above address.

To renew your membership or become a new member of ACDFA, send membership dues directly to:

American College Dance Festival Association
2275 Research Boulevard, Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
(Phone number: 301-670-2820)

Membership forms are available at www.acdfa.org

  • Do not send registration fees to the National Office
  • ACDFA accepts checks only — no credit cards
  • There are no refunds on Membership Dues

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GABRI CHRISTA brings to her filmmaking and directing her background as a choreographer and performer. Now based in New York, she has received many awards for her choreography and short films, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for her choreography. In 2008 Gabri Christa was invited to the Pangea Day Film Festival as "One of the World’s 100 Most Promising Filmmakers." Her film High School received an ABC-TV award for creative excellence.

Ms. Christa's films have screened as jury finalists in festivals in Tokyo, Atlanta, and Denver, and in screen dance festivals in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, New York (Lincoln Center), Monaco, Munich, South Africa (Capetown), and China (Shanghai, Kumming, Being).

As a performer she was among others, a dance member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and DanzAbierta de Cuba (directed by Marianela Boan) of which she was one of the co-founders.

Ms. Christa's ongoing projects in Dance include "Burnt Sugar/Danz," an ensemble she co-directs with Germaul Barnes and Greg Tate. She is presently working on the third installment in the dance film series Another Building.

Susan HadleySUSAN HADLEY was a principal dancer with the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group for whom she danced numerous original roles in such works as L'Allegro, Dido and Aeneas, and Mythologies. She also performed in Senta Driver's company, Harry, and in Meredith Monk's opera Quarry. She served as rehearsal director for Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Mark Morris's The Office, and the Morris production of Platee at the Royal Opera and Lincoln Center.

Ms. Hadley has created new work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Memphis, Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), OSUDance and Drums Downtown. She has received numerous choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Ohio Arts Council. Her work has also been supported by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Greater Columbus Arts Council, New York State Council for the Arts, and Choo San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation.

Recipient of the 2002 Colleges of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2006 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, Hadley is a professor in the renowned Department of Dance at The Ohio State University.

James SuttonJAMES SUTTON is currently an associate arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. 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, from the Dallas Opera to musical productions at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. to his current position as resident choreographer for New York Theatre Ballet.

A frequent guest instructor around the US, Mr. Sutton has worked on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, as ballet master for Ballet Hispanico of New York, and, for five years, as company teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Internationally, he has been a guest teacher at the Maly Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Cloud-Gate Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Cullberg Ballet and Balett Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden, among other venues across Europe and Asia.

Formerly an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, he is also a contributing writer for Ballet Review.

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URBAN BUSH WOMEN's mission is to create dance and to create community.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. They do this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. They do this by facilitating the use of art as a means of addressing issues of social justice and encouraging civic engagement.

Based in Brooklyn, they aspire to ensure continuity by strengthening and expanding our international community via ongoing professional education, development of new audiences, nurturing young talent and presenting bold, life-affirming dance works in a variety of settings including at their annual Summer Leadership Institute.



All institutional members are invited to bring up to two dances for adjudication. Please read the adjudication policies below carefully. If you are not an institutional member and would like to participate in the adjudication process, you may join by filling out a membership application available on the ACDFA website.

You will be able to indicate whether you are bringing one or two dances in the "Adjudication Fees" section on online registration.

Adjudication Policies For Participating Schools

  1. Only ACDFA INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS in good standing are eligible for adjudication. Membership dues are payable to ACDFA and sent to the Executive Director. See current Membership Information on the ACDFA web site (www.acdfa.org) or contact the ACDFA National Office at (301) 670-2820 or acdfa@verizon.net.
  2. The ACDFA has established regions for purposes of organization only. Members are not restricted to participation exclusively or solely in their own geographic area. International members are always considered out of region. All members may participate in one or more regional conferences each year.
  3. No more than two pieces from any institution may be adjudicated in a conference year. Once a work has been adjudicated, it cannot be submitted for adjudication at any other conference during the same conference year. Adjudicated works that are not accepted for the Gala Concert in one conference year may be reworked for adjudication in subsequent conference years. However, once a work has been accepted for a Gala Concert performance, it may not be resubmitted for adjudication by the same institution.
  4. A work presented for adjudication may be choreographed in any idiom by a student, faculty member, or professional; however only students may perform. Performers include anyone seen by the audience.

    Definition of a student:
    • A student is one who is officially declared by the represented institution as meeting one of the following criteria during the academic year in which the work is adjudicated:
      1. degree, diploma, or certificate-seeking candidate, full or part-time, or
      2. if not degree, diploma, or certificate-seeking candidate, having equivalent focus and track of study as determined by the institution (example: students from community or junior college programs).
    • If an individual had student status in the semester prior to a conference, that person may be considered a student at the conference.
    • A high school student may perform in an adjudication concert if s/he is registered and paying for college classes and is considered by an institution to be participating in its program.
  5. The maximum time for each work presented for adjudication is 12 minutes. The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer. ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities. The dance will be judged to begin when any one of the perceived elements of choreographic choice (lights, sound, movement) is visible or audible to the audience. This includes the rising of the curtain on a pre-lit stage. The dance ends when all perceived elements of choreographic choice have been diminished (no lights, no sound, no movement). Bows are not included in the twelve minute time limit unless they are required as part of the dance by the choreographer. If a dance goes over 12 minutes, it is ineligible for the gala and consequently ineligible for the National Festival. It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee representative to enforce the time limit.
  6. If two works are submitted, at least one must be choreographed by a student. An adjudication fee will be charged for each piece.
  7. It is the responsibility of each school to obtain and secure all appropriate and necessary licenses and permissions prior to bringing any choreography to regional conferences and national festivals for performance.
  8. Institutions that are not available for participation in the gala may receive adjudication feedback but are not eligible for consideration for gala selection. Institutions in this situation must notify the Conference Coordinator prior to the Gala selection.
  9. If an institution chooses to bring a work choreographed by a conference adjudicator, that work may not be considered for the gala concert. Feedback will be given only for performance. All adjudicators will be informed of this in advance.
  10. A faculty member or other chaperone from the participating institution must accompany the students throughout the adjudication process.
  11. No attempt is made either during the adjudication process or in the selection of works for the adjudicated concert to classify or equate college dance programs. All works presented for adjudication will be evaluated in terms of Performance and Choreography.
  12. Conference participants (faculty and students) should not attempt to engage adjudicators in any conversation pertaining to conference participants, choreography or attending institutions. Questions concerning the adjudication should be directed to the Conference Coordinator or other ACDFA Representative.
  13. An audio tape or CD of concert quality will be provided by the choreographer for the adjudication in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator.
  14. All conference participants must be prepared to work within the technological capabilities and all other limitations stated by the host institution.
  15. Students performing in the adjudicated concert must be officially registered at the conference and are expected to participate fully in conference events.
  16. A registration fee must be paid for each conference participant with the exception of Board members and host institution students and faculty working at the conference.
  17. Cast replacements for works accepted for the Gala Concert must be approved by the adjudicators.
  18. Regarding video/technology in adjudication, pieces being adjudicated must contain a live dance performance element.

revised 6/23/10

Please download for your reference: ADJUDICATION POLICIES


All groups and individuals registered for the conference are eligible to perform in the Informal Concert.

Dances presented in the Informal Concert 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 concert. Performance slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The maximum time for each work presented in the Informal Concert is 12 minutes. The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.

ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities. Works-in-progress may be shown. Please submit Informal Concert program information online by Jan 15, 2011.


Adjudicated Dance Film/Video Screening

All groups and individuals (Student and Faculty) registered for the conference are eligible to submit dance films/videos for the Adjudicated Dance Film/Video Screening.

This screening will focus on dances envisioned specifically for the screen and or films /videos exploring dance/movement as the primary focus. The maximum time for each work is ten minutes. All submissions must have been created since January 2010. All films/videos will be adjudicated by an expert panel, with a screening of the top films/videos at the festival.

Download the Adjudication Application Form

Please Mail two DVD copies of your film/video along with a completed application form and a $15 fee to:

ACDFA Dance Film/Video Screening
C/O Corrie Cowart
Department of Theatre and Dance
Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104-5586

Submissions must be received by Jan. 17, 2011. Each individual will be limited to one entry.

48-Hour Video Dance Challenge

All Student registered for the conference, are eligible to participate in this onsite 48 Hour Video Dance Challenge. A formal meeting for all interested participants will take place Thursday morning, March 10. At that time a specific list of movement and location elements that must be included in the video will be disseminated. Participants will then have 48 hours to create film and edit a two-minute or less video dance. All videos created in this challenge will be shown prior to the Gala Performance on Saturday. The top three works will be awarded a certificate of excellence. Participants must come equipped with their own recording and editing devices. Everything from camera phones to lap top cameras and video cameras are eligible. Students must also come equipped with their own editing systems, but may choose to do a preplanned in camera shoot that will not require an editing device.

This is a new initiative for ACDFA. Please e-mail Corrie Cowart at ccowart@muhlenberg.edu by February 21, 2011 if you intend to participate so that we may organize accordingly.

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SCHEDULES (subject to change)


  • Class Schedule
  • Class Descriptions and Teacher Bios
  • Adjudication Schedule
  • Tech Schedule
  • Informal Concert Schedule
  • Screen Dance adjudication schedule and presentations



12 - 7 p.m.          
Conference Registration
7:30 p.m. Adjudicator Opening Panel
8 p.m. Urban Bush Women in concert, followed by Conference Opening Reception


8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Conference Registration
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Classes
12 noon Adjudicated Concert #1
7:30 p.m. Adjudicated Concert #2

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Classes
11 a.m. - 12 noon ACDFA Membership Meeting
12 noon Adjudicated Concert #3
7:30 p.m. Adjudicated Concert #4


8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Classes, including master classes with adjudicators
12 noon Informal Concert #1
12 noon - 5 p.m. Gala Tech
2 p.m. Informal Concert #2
4 - 5 p.m. Special Event TBA
5 - 7 p.m. Faculty Dinner and Student Dinner
7:30 p.m. Gala Concert

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FORMS TO SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Online Forms" in the registration pages)

You do not have to complete all information at the time of your initial registration for the conference; you may return to the conference site to add or update information. Please honor the 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 Jan. 15, 2011.





Please complete the online Teacher Interest Form if you or your colleagues have an interest in teaching at the Conference. We welcome the usual array of dance technique classes, somatic practices, creative process and especially encourage teachers interested in topics about dance on camera and in digital media to submit ideas for classes, workshops, and/or lectures. We invite teachers to propose classes/workshops/lectures and panels to enhance the diversity and the breadth of class offerings. The form allows you to submit up to three different classes, workshops or panels. We may not be able to involve all who are interested, but we appreciate your response and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible regarding selections. Due to budget constraints, honoraria will not be possible.


Deadline for return of completed forms in Dec. 15, 2010.


We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying a few classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $35 per class. Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. Sharing good music and good times gives us new ideas and vitality to take home to our own programs.

Musicians should complete the online form. The form is visible only to those registering as musicians.

Deadline for return of completed forms in Dec. 15, 2010.


Each conference participant must sign onto the Liability Waiver. In order to save paper, we are asking all registrants in your group to sign the one waiver. Please take time to review the terms of the waiver with all participants.

Each choreographer or the faculty representative for a guest choreographer of a dance to be performed in an Adjudication Concert must complete and return a signed Video Waiver. Please note that videos are for archival purposes only and copies will not be available.

Waivers may be returned via fax (insert your fax number) or postal service.


Teacher Interest Form
Call for Musicians
Adjudication Program Information
Informal Concert Information


Liability Waiver
Video Waiver
Dance on Film Adjudication Application Form
Boxed Lunch Order Form
Merchandise Order Form (Merchandise will also be on sale at the conference.)
Faculty & Musician Dinner Form

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Contact Information


    Phone: 484.664.3695
    Fax:  484.664.3031

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to "Muhlenberg College ACDFA".

    Send payment to:
    ACDFA Registration
    Muhlenberg College
    Department of Theatre & Dance
    2400 Chew Street
    Allentown, PA 18104

    To pay by credit card, please call 484.664.3695.

    Muhlenberg College's Federal Tax ID number is 23-1352664.