2012 ACDFA Mid-Atlantic Conference

Harrisonburg, VA
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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2012 ACDFA Mid-Atlantic Conference
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Saturday, March 03, 2012

James Madison University
540 568-3924
School of Theatre and Dance,
147 Warsaw Ave.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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We will be accepting registrations only from member schools in the Mid-Atlantic region through October 16th.

  Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within two weeks of your registration to hold registration slot.
Full payment must be received no later than November 18, 2011 An email with an invitation code will be sent to all current members by September 26th.  If you are currently a member of the Mid-Atlantic region and did not receive an email with the invitation code or if you are in the process of becoming a member, contact the Conference Coordinator millercorso@gmail.com immediately.


Click on the links for conference information      
General Information and Updates       
Conference Adjudicators     
Guest Artists     
Adjudication Information & Policies     
Informal Concert Information     
Conference Schedules     
Online Forms and Waivers    
National College Dance Festival    


James Madison University cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's Mid-Atlantic Conference, February 29th, March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and an informal concert, feedback sessions, and a Gala Concert.  Additionally, the Monica Bill Barnes' dance company will perform in the opening concert on Wednesday, February 29th and special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned.

The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDFA conference.  We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators : Monica Bill Barnes, Doug Nielson, and Nicole Stanton.   

We anticipate an enthusiastic response to our conference and our space is limited.  Please note that registration begins for in-region members on Monday, October 3rd and for all regions, members and non-members, on Monday, October 17th.   Our maximum capacity is 430 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances.  We will register participants on a first paid-first registered basis. 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.  Conferences often fill before the closing deadline.
Information for payment is located in the right sidebar.  Deadlines, fees, registration and membership policies, registration instructions can be found under the Conference Details tab on this website.  You need not be a 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 which 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 and panel discussions and/or 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 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.
A great deal of initial planning for our Mid-Atlantic Conference has already occurred.  If you would like to participate, please register online once registration opens and send in payment or proof of intention to pay within two weeks and full payment by our deadline of November 18, 2011.  It is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots.
If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies.  If you choose to adjudicate two pieces, at least one piece must be choreographed by a student.  Time and space will limit the number of dances we can adjudicate to no more than 48. Pieces will be accepted for adjudication, like registration, on a first paid-first accepted basis.  Please remember that you must be an ACDFA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.
For those of you who will first-time visitors to our area, James Madison University is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, within a 2 hour drive southwest of Washington, D.C. The city of Harrisonburg is a safe, attractive community in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The university's 675-acre campus, one of the most beautiful in the country, offers a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west.  Conference classes and performances will take place in the new Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the home to the School of Theatre and Dance. This state-of-the-art center houses five performing venues as well as three beautiful dance studios. 

All of us at James Madison University look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Suzanne Miller-Corso
ACDFA Mid-Atlantic Conference Coordinator

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Douglas Nielsen, performer, choreograhper, teacher, and director, is the former member of the Batsheba Dance Company in Israel, and the New York dance companies of Gus Solomons, Pearl Lang, and Paul Sanasardo.  He has performed solos by Viola Farber, Beverly Blossom, Anna Sokolow, Murray Louis, Charles Weidman, and the role of death in the Kurt Jooss classic 'Green Table'. Recipient of the 2003 Lester Horton Dance Educator Award for excellence in teaching, and the 2007 ADF Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Douglas has been a guest teacher and choreographer at more than 40 universities throughout the United States and abroad.  After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he continued to take on international assignments in Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, Brazil, Estonia, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, and four times to Russia.  Additionally, he had traveled, and taught in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Mexico.  Douglas has served on adjudication panels for The American College Dance Festival in Virginia, Texas, Idaho, Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut, and California.  In addition, he has received choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Performing arts fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  Currently, Douglas holds the position of Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona School of Dance in Tucson, Arizona. 

Monica Bill Barnes is a New York based choreographer and performer. She founded Monica Bill Barnes & Company as a contemporary dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company has been presented in over twenty venues in NYC including Danspace Project, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, Dancenow/NYC, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, and in thirty cities throughout the US. She has created twelve evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events and several cabaret numbers for her company.  Recent commissions include Another Parade, commissioned by Dancenow's 10 Year Anniversary Project, and Game Face presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's SITELINES Festival.  In addition, the company creates dances outside of the city through extended artistic residencies, college residences and site specific performance projects with local community members.  During the summer of 2010, the company performed at Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Joyce Theatre.  


Nicole Stanton is currently Chair and Associate Professor of dance at Wesleyan University.  She received her MFA in choreography from the Ohio State University (OSU) and her BA in Dance and Foreign Civilizations and Languages from Antioch College.  She studied West African dance with the Maimuna Keita African Dance Company in Senegal, West Africa and contemporary dance at the Center for New Dance Development in Arnherm, Holland.  She was a faculty member with the OSU Department for ten years, serving as Chair of Undergraduate Studies for four years. In addition to her academic appointments, she has been a choreographer, performer, community activist, costumer and arts administrator with organizations such as:  In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, the Minnesota Dance Alliance, the San Francisco Mime Troop, and San Francisco's Make A Circus.  As a choreographer her work has been presented by the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, pro Danza Italia, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus's Martin Luther King JR Arts Center, Minnesota Dance Alliance, Congress on Research in Dance, OHIODANCE, and the American College Dance Festival among others.  As a dancer she worked with artists such as Bebe Miller, Irene Hultman, Victoria Uris, Katja Kolcio, Lisa Gonzales, as well the Idrissa and Thoissane West African Dance Companies.  Recent choreographic collaborations include work with dance artists Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Ming Lung Yang and Rodney Brown. She has also worked with musician Vernon Reid, anthropologist, feminist scholar and spoken word artist Gina Athena Ulysse and evolutionary biologist Michael Singer.

   Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 8pm

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company under the artistic direction of choreographer Monica Bill Barnes. The company is committed to creating dance that realizes her vision and bringing it to the public through annual performances in New York, touring, artistic residences and various teaching opportunities. Its mission is to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life.

Orignially built upon a repertoire of solos and duets, MBB & CO. has since grown to include evening-length works and large-scale site-specific performances.  Through the past ten years, the company has performed in over twenty venues in New York City and has been presented in 30 cities throughout the United States and abroad.  In addition, the company creates work outside of the city through extended artistic residencies (The Yard, Dancenow/NYC Silo Project, Joyce Soho Artist Residency, Jacob's Pillow and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography), college guest residences and performance projects with local community members.  Through various site-specific projects and intergenerational large group works, Barnes has brought over a hundred people to the stage.



All institutional members are invited to bring up to two dances for adjudication while adjudication slots remain available.  Please read the Adjudication Policies carefully.  Policies are available to download and are included under the Conference Details tab on this website.
You will be able to indicate whether you are bringing one or two dances in the "Adjudication Fees" section in the online registration.
If you are not an institutional member and would like to participate in the adjudication process, you must begin the process of becoming an Institutional Member before registering to adjudicate work.  A membership application is available on the ACDFA website.
Please download ADJUDICATION POLICIES for your reference.


All groups and individuals registered for the conference are eligible to perform in the Informal Concert. We only have space in our schedule for one informal concert and it will be filled on a first-paid/first-registered basis.

Dances presented in the Informal Concert are restricted to work not being adjudicated.  Works-in-progress may be shown.
In the interest of creating opportunities for many schools, only one dance per institution may be shown in the informal concert; however, more than one piece per school will be considered if space allows.  Performance slots will be filled on a first-paid, first-registered 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.
A CD sound recording of concert quality must be provided by the choreographer in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator.
Please submit Informal Concert program information online by Jan. 13, 2012.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)


     Class Schedule for Wednesday, Class Schedule for ThursdayClass Schedule for FridayClass Schedule for Saturday  
        Class Descriptions Teacher Bios
        Adjudication Schedule
        Tech Schedule
        Information Concert Schedule


    For a full conference overview, click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.

   Draft Schedule Coming Soon!
  1:30-3:00pm  1st Class
  3:15-4:45pm    2nd Class
8:00pm    Monica Bill Barnes & Company in Concert
  9:30-11pm                                            Reception                 


  1st Class                                                            

  9:45-11:15am   2nd Class
 11:15am-12:45pm   LUNCH
    1:00-1:30pm                     Pre-Adjudicated Panel
 1:45-3:45pm   Adjudicated Concert #1
  4:00-5:15pm    Feedback                                      
 4-5:30pm  3rd Class
 5:30-7:30pm  DINNER
 7:30-9:30pm      Adjudicated Concert #2
 9:45-11pm  Feedback


   1st Class                                                                        

  2nd Class

  3rd Class 
   12:30-1:30pm    LUNCH                               
   1:45-3:45pm    Adjudicated Concert #3
    4:15-5:15pm    Feedback
   4:00-5:30pm    4th Class
   5:30-7:30pm    DINNER
    7:30-9:30pm    Adjudicated Concert #4
  9:45-11:00pm   Feedback

9:15-10:45am             1st Class                                                                              
11:00-1pm     INFORMAL CONCERT
 11:15-12:45     2nd Class

 2:30-3:45pm     3rd Class
 4-5:30pm    4th Class
   Faculty Dinner
 8:00pm  GALA Concert
 10:00pm  Gala Reception

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    FORMS TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Online Forms" in the registration pages):
It is not necessary to complete all online forms at the time of your initial registration for the conference.  You may return to your registration to add or update information.  Please honor all 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  January 13, 2012.
The Adjudication Program Information Form will be visible only to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and ACDFA Board Members.

The Informal Concert Program Information Form will be visible to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and Non-Members, ACDFA Board Members and Individual registrants.
Teachers are encouraged to propose classes/workshops, research presentations and panel topics to enhance diversity and the breath of class offerings.  Our conference theme is "Dance 2012 -relevant, visible, connected."  We welcome class proposals which stimulate thinking about unexpected partnerships which captitalize on interdisciplinary synergy, community engagement strategies for sharing the joy of movement with diverse populations, and innovative ways to publicize/promote your dance acitivities.  Possible formats include:  panel discussions, lecture-presentations, and master classes.

The online Teacher Interest Form allows faculty members and graduate students to submit up to three different classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels.  The conference may not be able to involve all who are interested, but we appreciate your response and will contact teachers as soon as possible regarding selections.  Due to budget constraints, honoraria will not be possible.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Interest Form will be visible to all faculty members and to graduate student registrants.
           Deadline for submission is November 18, 2011.

We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $40.00 per class.  Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. Sharing good music gives us new ideas to take home to our own programs and adds vitality to classes. 

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

            Deadline for submission is November 18, 2011.


Each conference participant must sign onto the Liability Waiver. In order to save paper, we are asking all registrants in a group to sign one waiver.  It is important that each registrant understands the terms of the waiver.  Faculty are strongly encouraged to review the terms with all participants.
Return the Liability via FAX or postal service. FAX # (540) 568-7858.  Address: James Madison University, School of Theatre and Dance, 147 Warsaw Avenure, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, ATTN:  Suzanne Miller-Corso.  Click here to download the Liability Waiver

Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in the Gala Concert must complete and return a signed Video Waiver.  Waivers will be given to Gala Concert choreographers once the selections have been determined.  Please note that videos are for archival purposes and copies will not be available.

Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance MUST sign a Choregrapher Release Form in order for his/her piece to be performed at James Madison University.  It is imperative that this form be signed and returned no later than Janurary 13, 2012 via FAX or postal service.  Click here to download the Choreographer Release Form. 
FAX # (540) 568-7858.  Address: James Madison University, School of Theatre and Dance, 147 Warsaw Avenure, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, ATTN:  Suzanne Miller-Corso.

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The 2012 National College Dance Festival will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 25-27, 2012. The National Festival, a biennial event, showcases on the national level the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses.  Dances are selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit.  Approximately 33 schools from around the country will be invited to perform in one of the three gala concerts. 
The total number of dances adjudicated at each conference determines the number of dances selected from that conference.  Adjudicators select dances for the National Festival after viewing the regional gala concert.  The same anonymity policies apply to the National Festival selection as apply to the regional gala selection.  Dances for the National Festival are selected from the gala concert program. Only one dance from a school may be selected for the National Festival, even if that school had two dances in the regional gala.

All ACDFA member institutions are invited to attend the Festival. 

Click here to download National Festival Policies. For more information on the National Festival, check the ACDFA website (www.acdfa.org) or contact Diane DeFries at acdfa@verizon.net.
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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator: 
                 Suzanne Miller-Corso
    Email:   millercorso@gmail.com
    Phone: 540 568-3924
    Fax:      540 568-7858 

Payment Instructions

  • We only accept CHECKS. Please send invoice along with the check.  Also, only one check per institution is permitted.
    Full payment is due by NOVEMBER 18TH.  If full payment is not submitted by this date, your school's registration may be cancelled.  Note that purchase orders* may be used to hold a spot initially, but that full payment is due on November 18th.  *Purchase orders, NOT checks, should be sent to Suzanne Miller-Corso at James Madison University, School of Dance and Theatre, 147 Warsaw Avenue, MSC 5601, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807.

    All checks should be payable to
     "James Madison University"

    Send payment, with INVOICE,  to:
    James Madison University
    University Business Office
    170 Bluestone Dr, MSC 3516
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

    Federal Tax ID# 54-6001756

ACDA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

ACDFA Lifetime Members: Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lonny Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, Dorothy Silver (deceased), Jan Simonds, and Alcine Wiltz.