2012 ACDFA South-Central Conference "Bridging Paths"

Laredo, Texas
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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2012 ACDFA South-Central Conference "Bridging Paths"
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:00 AM -
Saturday, March 03, 2012 9:45 PM (Eastern Time)

Texas A&M International University
(956) 326-2649
Department of Fine & Performing Arts
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041
United States

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Invited to the National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 
Washington D.C. - May 24-27, 2012

Texas Woman's University, Same As It Ever Was
Choreographer:  Elyse Cox, Graduate Student

University of Texas at Austin, Oblivion’s Ink
Choreographer:  David Justin, Faculty

University of Texas Pan American, Estado de México – Los Mazahuas
Choreographer:  Jairo Heli Garcia Paredes, Guest Artist /Restaged by:  Francisco Muñoz III, Faculty

First Alternate:  Sam Houston State University, Valses Póeticos
Choreographer:  Jonathan Charles, Faculty

Second Alternate:  New Mexico State University, Consonance
Choreographer:  Timithy Holecek, Undergraduate Student

For additional information on the National Festival:


Gala Concert Program


Program Order / Run time               Tech Time
1) Requiem  8:31                                 1:00pm
2) Cleansing  9:56                               3:05pm
3) Fetching  11:45                                2:15pm
4) Valses Po’eticos 10:41                   3:30pm
5) Same As It Ever Was  7:30            1:50pm
6) Gender   5:38                                   3:55pm
7) Invisible Song  11:30                      4:20pm
8) Consonance  10:08                        1:25pm
9) Leaves A Space   6:45                     2:40pm
10) Oblivion’s Ink   9:00                     4:40pm
11) Estados de Mexico   11:45          5:15pm

                                        PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO ADJUDICATION SLOTS AVAILABLE.



We will be accepting registrations only from member schools in the South Central 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 December 15, 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 South Central 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 Bede Leyendecker at bleyendecker@tamiu.edu 

OCTOBER 17, 2011
AT 9:00AM

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


Texas A&M International University cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's South Central Conference, February 28 -March 3, 2012, in Laredo, Texas.  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 information concerts, feedback sessions and a Gala Concert that will be themed 'Dancing Through the Decades.'  Additionally, special faculty classes 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 :  Jeffery N. Bullock, Director of Hollins University/ADF M.F.A. program and chair of the Hollins' Dance Department; William Evans, Guest Artist in Residence, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company and the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance; Sabrina Castillo Gallusser, Director and Founder of the Institute of Dance and Movement Research at Universidad Rafael Landivar and Momentum Contemporary Dance Company in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  We are also honored to have Marc Aurelio, internationally renowned dancer, singer and actor as our guest teacher/artist. 

We anticipate an enthusiastic response to our conference and our space if 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 500 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 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 South Central 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 December 15, 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 Laredo is 156 miles south of San Antonio and 158 miles west of Corpus Christi. It is located at an enviable crossroads of international business and life and its history hallmarked by seven sovereign flags.  Click here for information on safety in Laredo: SafetyInformation.docx  Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is an international university, poised at the Gateway to Mexico and serving as the cultural and intellectual hub of a vibrant bilingual and bicultural community. A Member of The Texas A&M University System, TAMIU provides nearly 7000 students with a learning environment anchored by the highest quality programs built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences.

1995 was a watershed year for the University as it welcomed its first freshmen and sophomore students, inaugurated a newly constructed 300-acre campus in northeast Laredo and marked its 25th anniversary.  The campus recently completed Phase V of its Master Plan, including the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Theatre and the Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center. A new Student Success Center was opened this past fall. The campus complex represents a nearly $200 million investment in higher education in Texas.  The Center for Fine & Performing Arts is home to an 800 seat Recital Hall and the Sharkey-Corrigan Organ; our 478 seat Theater is a state of the art facility; the Art Critique Gallery on the second floor will have a faculty show on display when you visit our campus. The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center houses our Planetarium.  The Helen Richter Watson Gallery is located in our Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.  The Gallery is the new home to the permanent collection of Laredo-born Watson, a prominent national ceramist and educator.  The Library is also home to the closest Starbucks!  

All of us at Texas A&M International University look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Bede Leyendecker
ACDFA South Central Conference Coordinator

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Jeffery N. Bullock, performed with the North Carolina Dance Theater following graduation from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued his performing career with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Sharir + Bustamante Dance Works, touring nationally and internationally.  Bullock's repertoire included soloist and principal roles in an eclectic array of works by George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Esralow, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Salvatore Aiello, Yacov Sharir, Glen Tetley and others.  He was also a featured performer in the 1986 Paramount Motion Picture 'The Nutcracker' with PNB, and was a featured performer in the 1983 PBS Special 'Where Dreams Debut:  The North Carolina School of the Arts.'  Bullock's work At Midnight earned him a Dance Magazine's Best Choreography Nomination at the 1996 American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Jeffery has been a faculty member at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC since 1998, teaching in the ADF Six Week School and Young Dancers School; in ADF/Russia (2000), ADF/Korea (2000 & 2004) and ADF/Mongolia (2004 & 2005).  From 2006-2010, he served as Director of the ADF Four Week School for Young Dancers.  His most recent teaching engagement was at the international 2006 & 2008 Korean Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea.  Also, Jeffery serves as a site visit consultant/panel member for Dance Advance of the Pew Charitable Trust located in Philadelphia, PA.  He earned his MFA in choreography from the University of Iowa; taught at the University of Texas at Austin; the University of Iowa and joined Hollins University Dance Department in 2004; becoming Chair in Fall 2009 and Director of the HU/ADF MFA Program in Fall 2011.

William Evans, dancer, choreographer, teacher, movement analyst, speaker and writer, has earned the Guggenheim Fellowship; numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts; Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine; the National Dance Association Scholar/Artist Award; an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, the University of Utah College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award for 2011, and many other recognitions for his five decades of leadership in the fields of modern dance, rhythm tap dance and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis.  In the most recent Dance Magazine Readers' Poll he was named one of America's three favorite tap artists.

He has choreographed more than 200 works for professional dance companies, including his own (59 works), Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet West, Concert Dance Company of Boston, Deutsche Oper Ballet--West Berlin, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Rire-Woodbury Dance Company, Ruth Page Chicago Ballet, Stars of American Ballet Theatre at Jacobs Pillow and many others.  He has worked as a guest artist in most college dance programs in North America, and has created or re-staged three individual works and two full-evening productions under the National College Choreography Initiative and American Masterpieces, Dance--College Component programs of the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is a distinguished emeritus professor of dance at the University of New Mexico and, since 2004 has served as guest artist in residence at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he is also undergraduate dance program director.  His book, Reminiscences of a Dance Man, was published b the National Dance Association in 2005.

He directs the Bill Evans Dance Company, founded in 1975.  For several years the company was the most-booked professional dance troupe in the U.S.  It has performed in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada and in many countries in Europe, Asia and Australia.  It is one of the few professional companies performing both contemporary dance and rhythm tap dance, sometimes in separate works and sometimes interwoven in a single work.  It was based in Seattle through 1983 and then in Albuquerque through 2004.  It now works on a project basis and performs regularly in Rochester, Buffalo and elsewhere in Western New York.  Mr. Evans still performs solo concerts, and duet concerts with his partner Don Halquist, several times each year.

William also directs the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance, founded in 1976.  Since 1999, BESID has offered hands-on inensive workshops in developing a personal pedagogy of dance technique, for experiences and emerging dance educators.  Visit www.billevansdance.org for more information. 

Sabrina Castillo Gallusser, is artistic director, founder, choreographer, and teacher for Momentun Contemporary Dance Company in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  She has choreographed more than 50 works that have been presented by Momentum in Guatemala, the United States, France, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, England, Venezuela and Mexico.  She has also choreographed for other companies in Guatemala, Honduras and the United States.  Dr. Castillo is the director and founder of the Center for Dance and Movement Research, a unit of Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala City.  As a director of the Center she coordinates projects in community outreach, research, teaching, and the creation and production of choreographic works.  Castillo received an MSc from Rutgers University, with additional graduate studies at University of Califormnia Berkeley, and a PhD in Phenomenology from Univerversidad Rafael Landivar.  She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City and and ISMETA Registered Somatic Movement Educator.

She has received various awards including a Rotary International Scholarship (1985) for the pursuit of graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Guatemalan Presidential Dance Award (awarded by the President of Guatemala in 2009) and a Distinguished Choreographer Award presented by the Guatemalan American Institue and Artes Landivar (2006).  Her choreographic work has been sponsored by many organizations including Prince Claud Fund, Hivos (a Dutch Humanist Organization) and Universidad Rafael Landivar.  She was a visiting artist at the State University of New York Fredonia in 2009, a visiting scholar hosted by renowned philosopher Edward Casey at the Department of Philosophy, at the State University of New York Stony Brook.  She has published in newspapers and magazines of Guatemala, Honduras and the Netherlands. 


Marc Aurelio, is an actor, dancer, master teacher and choreographer who has trained at the 'Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios' in Madrid, Spain which is his birthplace.  Marc has studied flamenco with masters including Paco Romero, "La Tati" and Maria Magdalena.  He studied Drama in Paris, France to complete his artistic curriculum. Marc is dedicated to promoting Spain's formidable cultural history and he regularly gives workshops and teaches classes in Italy where he now lives and also conducts workshops in Europe, Russia, Mexico and the United States.  In 1989 Marc formed his company, ‘Compania Baile Teatro Español,’ which firmly maintains classical dance traditions while meshing with new contemporary creativity.  Marc was recently nominated to membership on the International Dance Council of the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organizations (UNESCO). 

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 Concerts. 

Dances presented in the Informal Concerts 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 concerts; however, more than one piece per school will be considered if space allows.  Performance slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The maximum time for each work presented in the Informal Concert is 10 minutes.  The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 10-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities. 

A faculty/guest artist informal concert has been set up for Saturday at 11:30am and facuty are encouraged to participate! 

A 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:  January 15, 2012.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

        Class Schedule
        Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios
        Adjudication Schedule
        Tech Schedule
        Informal Concert Schedule
        Faculty/Guest Artist Informal Concert Schedule
SouthCentralltrreGMM.pdf             2012AGENDAforMembershipMeeting.pdf  

    For a full conference overview, click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.



  Registration / Information  


  Tech Rehearsals, Concert #1          



  5:00- 6:45pm

  Dinner Break                                              


  Meet the Adjudicators Panel                                  


  Adjudication Concert #1  

  Following Concert      

  Feedback, Concert #1  FPA Recital Hall, 107



  Tech Rehearsals, Concert #2                                


  Registration / Information                                       




  Adjudication Concert #2

  Following Concert      

  Feedback, Concert #2  Student Center Room 230


  Tech Rehearsals, Concert #3                            


  Dinner Break                                               


  Adjudication Concert #3  

  Following Concert      

  Feedback, Concert #3 FPA Recital Hall, 107




  Registration / Information                                       




  Mexican Mercado Shops in Student Center Rotunda


  Lunch Break


  Informal Concert #1

3:00, 4:00, 5:00pm

  Planetarium Shows, LBVSC (Pyramid)


  ADF Audition


  Dinner Break


  Informal Concert #2

  Following Concert




  Tech Rehearsals, Concert #4        


  Registration / Information                                          




  Adjudication Concert #4

  Following Concert

   Feedback Session #4  Student Center Room 230


  Tech Rehearsals, Concert #5     

  3:00pm- 4:30pm

   Student Forum  


   ACDFA General Membership Meeting


   Student Pizza Dinner


   Faculty Dinner


   Adjudication Concert #5

  Following Concert

   Feedback Session #5 FPA Recital Hall, 107

  Gala Announcement made via Regonline web site and the FPA Lobby                        



  Production Meeting with all Gala Participants  


  Classes/ Adjudicator Classes


  Faculty/Guest Informal Concert #3


  Lunch Break


   Gala Tech Rehearsals


   Faculty Master Class


  Dinner Break


   Gala Concert


  Gala Dinner/Dance


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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:  December 15, 2011.
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.

The Faculty 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 Student Center Theater is an exceptional space for research presentations, round table discussions and film viewing. 

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.

The Teacher Interest Form will be visible to all faculty members and to graduate student registrants.
Deadline for submission is January 15, 2012.

We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $ 35.00 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 January 15, 2012.

There will be an opportunity for students to present research.  The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s).  Deadline for submission is January 15, 2012.


Each conference participant must sign onto the Liability Waiver. Liability Waiver SC2012 . 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 postal service.
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 purposed and copies will not be available.  

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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:
                  Bede Leyendecker  
    Email:    bleyendecker@tamiu.edu
    Phone:   (956) 326-2649 
    Fax:       (956) 326-2655 

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to:
     "TAMIU / ACDFA 2012"

    Send payment by check or Purchase Order to:
    Bede Leyendecker, Conference Coordinator
    Texas A&M International University
    5201 University Blvd.
    Laredo, Texas  78041 -1900

    Federal ID #:  74-1761398
    TAMIU W-9:  W-9TAMIU.pdf

    Credit Card Payments ("Plastic"):
    Credit Card Authorization form can be found at: Credit Card Authorization Form

    Please select "Plastic" as your form of payment and fax a copy of your check out page along with the credit card authorization form to:  (956)-326-2809

ACDFA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:
ACDFA Lifetime Members: Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Mary Cochran, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lonny Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, Dorothy Silver (deceased), Jan Simonds, and Alcine Wiltz.