2012 NATIONAL COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL

Washington, DC
Thursday, May 24, 2012
2012 NATIONAL COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - Sunday, May 27, 2012

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
& The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Congratulations to all who contributed to making
the 2012 National College Dance Festival a success.

The ACDFA/Dance Magazine Awards Panel (Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Susan Shields and Jennifer Stahl [bios available below]) was charged with selecting recipients for two awards associated with the National College Dance Festival. Following are the panel's decisions and comments:
Charles Roy and Paul Vickers (Unscripted/Riptide Into Me by Keith Johnson, guest artist at Loyola Marymount University) will share the Outstanding Student Performer award based on their engaging performance quality. They both had a raw, open and vulnerable stage presence. They demonstrated excellent partnering skills with clear dynamic changes, plus complicated timing and weight shifts.

Denise J. Murphy (Vanishing Souls/Falling Embers, University of North Carolina-Greensboro) is chosen for the Outstanding Student Choreographer award because the piece had a clear concept that was successfully executed through dance. The dance had a sophisticated development of movement phrases with a clear beginning, middle and end, and the choreographer made creative use of a large group of dancers.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE KENNEDY CENTER BOX OFFICE

Below are documents included in the
National Festival packet.  Participants
will be sharing hard copy packets.  Please
use these downloads as needed for
reference:
Welcome Letter
Schedule Overview
Festival Locations
Kennedy Center Tech Schedule
Rehearsal & Warm-Up Schedule
Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios
Class Preregistration
Navigating the Kennedy Center
Seeing Washington (includes helpful links)
Map:  Kennedy Center
Map:  Foggy Bottom Neighborhood--Hotels, GWU, Kennedy Center, Faculty/Board Dinner

The printed packet does not include parking information.
Download here.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
TICKETS FOR THE PUBLIC
TICKETS FOR FESTIVAL REGISTRANTS

ACDFA/DANCE MAGAZINE AWARDS

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

CLASSES & TEACHERS

Welcome to the ACDFA National College Dance Festival website.  The National College Dance Festival highlights, on the national level, the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses by bringing together schools from all over the country to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  The 30 participating schools have been selected by nationally recognized adjudicators at each of the 11 ACDFA regional conferences. Selections are based on outstanding artistic excellence and merit.

The Festival galas will be performed on May 25, 26 and 27, 2012.  May 24th is reserved for studio and tech rehearsal for the first program.  A different program will be performed each day.  This year’s Festival will present each program in two performances a day, once in a matinee and once in the evening.  The addition of a matinee concert each day will give dancers an opportunity to perform twice and allow for ample availability of tickets for family, friends, non-performing colleges, and the general public.  Festival registration is open to ACDFA members only.  We look forward to seeing members of the public at the gala concerts; tickets can be purchased through the Kennedy Center box office.

The focus of the Festival is on the performances.  A very limited number of morning technique classes will be offered. Each school will have a scheduled rehearsal time in a studio as well as tech time at the Kennedy Center.  Two receptions are scheduled in the evenings, giving participants time to connect with new and old friends.

All performances will be held at the Kennedy Center.  Registration, rehearsals and classes will be held at the George Washington University.  Special thanks to the Department of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University for co-sponsoring the Festival, providing space, volunteers and general support.

May is a beautiful time in Washington, DC.  When you are not in tech, rehearsal, onstage or in the audience, we encourage you to explore Washington, DC.  The National Mall with monuments and the Smithsonian, Georgetown and Dupont Circle are all walking distance from Festival hotels.  There is also easy access to the Metro system. 

Please don't hesitate to contact the ACDFA national office with any questions or concerns.  We are all looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

The National Festival Planning Team:
      Diane DeFries, ACDFA Executive Director and Festival Coordinator
      Sylvia Druker, Administrative Assistant
      Dena Hudson, Intern

 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS


Invited from the BAJA CONFERENCE:
California State University, Long Beach: Dreaming Op. 15 No. 3,
                                                                Keith Johnson (Faculty)
Loyola Marymount University: Unscripted/Riptide Into Me,
                                                Keith Johnson (Faculty)

Invited from the CENTRAL CONFERENCE:
Carleton College: Elevator for One, Elise Erickson (Undergraduate Student)
University of Missouri-Kansas City: Without a Word, DeeAnna Hiett (Faculty)

Invited from the EAST-CENTRAL CONFERENCE:

Kenyon College:  Cry-i-i-iing, Kora Radella (Faculty)
Hofstra University:  Augusta Moves, Katherine Mayo (Undergraduate Student)
Western Michigan University:  Foreground, Lauren Edson (Guest Artist)

Invited from the MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
James Madison University:  We Hold These Truths,
                                             Vincent Thomas (Guest Artist)

Meredith College:  Prelude to Settling,
                              Carol Finley and Lacy Lowder (Faculty)
UNC – Greensboro:  Vanishing Souls/Falling Embers,

                                  Denise J. Murphy (Graduate Student)
Invited from the NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE:
Boston Conservatory:  La Giornata Omicida,
                                    Tommy Neblett (Faculty)
Marlboro College:  Present Present Present,
                              Cookie Harrist (Student)
**University of Vermont:  Non-Mechanical Tools of Human Advancement,
                                     Dan Yablonksy (Student)
    ** will not be performed due to injury
Dean College:  Invisible Perfume, Gregory King (Faculty)

Invited from the NORTH-CENTRAL CONFERENCE:

Hamline University:  Elephant in the Room, Crystal Runk (Guest Artist)
Minnesota State University, Mankato:  Crash, Daniel Stark (Faculty)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities:  Lost Lullabies, Carl Fink (Faculty)

Invited from the NORTHEAST CONFERENCE:

Long Island University, Brooklyn:  different shades of Grey,
                                                      Nathaniel Hunt (Undergraduate Student)
Slippery Rock University:  . . . fists alone are only hands,
                                          Kaitlyn Dye (Undergraduate Student)
Temple University:  Masked Masculinity,
                               Shaness Kemp (Graduate Student)

Invited from the NORTHWEST CONFERENCE:
Colorado College:  Convergence, Patrizia Herminjard (Faculty)
University of Montana:  MEAT, Brian Gerke and Steinunn Ketilsdottir
                                     (Guest Artists)
University of Utah:   Human Reassembled, Abi Ririe (Graduate Student)

Invited from the SOUTH-CENTRAL CONFERENCE:

Texas Woman's University:  Same As It Ever Was,
                                            
Elyse Cox (Graduate Student)
University of Texas at Austin:  Oblivion's Ink
                                                David Justin (Faculty)
University of Texas Pan American:  Estado de Mexico - Los Mazahuas,
                                                Jairo Heli Garcia Paredes,
                                                Restaged by Francisco Munoz III (Guest Artist)

Invited from the SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE:

Florida State University:  Hearts of Sheep, Harper Addison
                                        (Graduate Student)
Kennesaw State University:   Rhizome, Ivan Pulinkala (Faculty)
University of Florida:  Wired, Yaniv Abraham (Guest Artist)

Invited from the WEST CONFERENCE:

CSU-Fullerton:  Vitals, Mike Esperanza (Guest Artist)
Stanford University:  Twilight Composite, Diane Frank (Faculty)


 TICKETS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE PUBLIC

Tickets for performances are now available through the Kennedy Center box office.

There will be ample tickets available for all shows.

Tickets are $25.
Group discounts are available through the box office.
 TICKETS FOR FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS

Performing Schools
  • Each performer will receive one ticket for each of the gala programs in which s/he is not performing.  Performers will not receive tickets for the shows in which they are performing.  They will be able to watch the show on monitors backstage.
  • Faculty and other non-performing registrants will receive one ticket for each of the gala programs in which their school is not performing; they will receive tickets for both performances (matinee and evening) in which their school is performing.
  • Schools will be assigned tickets to one matinee performance and one evening performance of the programs in which they are not performing.

Non-Performing Schools and Individuals will receive one tickets for each program.

ACDFA/DANCE MAGAZINE AWARDS


ACDFA and Dance Magazine support two cash awards: Outstanding Student Choreographer and Outstanding Student Performer at the National Festival.  All student choreographers are eligible for the Award for Outstanding Choreographer. All performers are eligible for the Award for Outstanding Performer.

A panel of adjudicators will view choreography and performance during the three gala programs to determine the recipient for each award.  

ACDFA/Dance Magazine Awards Panelists:

Dana Tai Soon Burgess is the director of Washington DC’s premiere contemporary Dance Company. Burgess has received critical acclaim for his unique synthesis of Eastern and Western aesthetics. The Washington Post says, “Burgess deserves to be crowned poet laureate of Washington dance.” His work has been performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Egypt, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Mongolia, Panama, Peru, Russia and Venezuela among others. He received the District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award in 1994 for Emerging Artist and in 2004 he received the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Arts.  In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2009 he received the Metro DC Dance Awards for Best Overall Production. Burgess has been an American Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department 9 times. He has taught dance technique and set work at the Hamburg Ballet School, King Sejong University-Korea, the Kirov Academy, the National Ballet of Peru, University of Panama, University of Venezuela and the Washington Ballet. He received a Senior Fulbright Grants in 2006 and another in 2008.  He is currently the Chair of Theatre and Dance at the George Washington University.

Jennifer Stahl serves as editor at large for Dance Magazine. She is also senior editor for Pointe and a contributing editor at Dance Teacher. She earned a BFA in dance and journalism from New York University‚ Tisch School of the Arts, where she performed works by Karole Armitage, Dwight Rhoden, Ron Brown, and Sean Curran. She has danced for California‚Äôs Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Israeli choreographer Gali Hod, Cirque du Soleil 25th anniversary, and was a founding member of the Brooklyn-based Corps Four Dance.

Panelist #3: TAB

 SOCIAL GATHERINGS


A truly special aspect of the National Festival is seeing friends and colleagues from around the country and making new connections.  Social gatherings provide a time to do this.   All receptions are an easy walk to or from hotels and Kennedy Center.
Opening Day Reception (Friday):  Grab some pizza between the matinee and evening show and meet students and faculty from around the country.

Faculty/Board Member Dinner (Saturday): Faculty and ACDFA Board Members will gather at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place on the Potomac River.  There will be plenty of time to talk, eat and drink between the matinee and evening Gala Concert.  There is an additional charge for dinner and a cash bar.  Festival registrants may bring a guest.   Details are available in the registration pages.

Closing Reception (Sunday):  Following the last Gala Concert, all Festival participants are invited to gather for a dessert reception (and cash bar).  Guests may attend the reception for an additional fee.


A very limited number of classes will be offered during the Festival.  We do not have the studio space to hold many classes.  Moreover, we have found that many Festival participants prefer to use their time in Washington, DC to see the sites.

We do need teachers. Please complete the online teacher interest form if you have an interest in teaching a class. 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.


 

Contact Information

  • Diane DeFries
    Phone: (301) 670-2820
    Email: acdfa@verizon.net
    Fax:  (301) 330-0740

Payment Instructions

  • We accept online credit card payment and payment by check.
    All checks should
    be payable to:
    "ACDFA"

    Send payment to:
    Diane DeFries
    ACDFA
    2275 Research Blvd.
    Suite 500
    Rockville, MD 20850

    THERE ARE NO REFUNDS
    ON PAID REGISTRATIONS.

    Federal Identification Number
    (tax ID):
    23-7359759

    Ticket Information
    Tickets for gala concerts are available for purchase through the Kennedy Center Box Office.

    Ticket price for each
    gala concert:  $25.00

    Group discounts available through box office.

    Already Registered?
    Once your initial registration is complete, you may re-enter the system as an Existing Registration using your email address and password. You will need to re-enter the system to submit program information, teacher forms, musician forms and to update participant information, arrival times, etc.

    Click on REGISTER NOW above to re-enter the online registration system. For detailed instructions about viewing, changing or adding to already submitted information, download Updating an Existing Registration.


ACDFA gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:


     
 
 
 ACDFA Lifetime Members:

Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lon Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, Dorothy Silver (deceased), Jan Simonds, Alcine Wiltz


Header Photo:  Grid by Cecil Slaughter, Washington University in St. Louis.  Performed in the 2008 National College Dance Festival.  Photo credit:  David Marchant
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