2009 North-Central Conference

Minneapolis, MN
2009 North-Central Conference

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Barbara Barker Center for Dance
500-21st Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Map and Directions

North Central ACDFA Gala Concert

March 22, 2009


Ted Mann Concert Hall


Carnal Nourishment?


Historically Speaking

Lord Cutglass

Be There

Permanent Crease


One Year,  One Month Ago, Yesterday

Shiny Things of the Mind



Tech Schedule:

9:02am-9:16am                 Carnal Nourishment?
9:18am-9:32am                 Flux
9:34am-9:48am                 Historically Speaking
9:50am-10:04am               Lord Cutglass
10:06am-10:20am            Be There
10:20am-10:30am            Break
10:32am-10:46am            Permanent Crease
10:48am-11:02am            Equator
11:04am-11:18am            One Year, One Month Ago, Yesterday
11:20am-11:34am            Shiny Things of the Mind

Access to dressing rooms and warm up rooms for groups scheduled to tech will be available 15 minutes prior to the beginning of tech. Groups should enter through the Ted Mann Stage Door, located directly to the left of the main doors.  Room 99 may be used as a warm up room during the Gala Concert tech and performance by only the schools involved in that concert.

Groups should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tech time. ACDFA staff will show groups to their assigned dressing rooms. Please note: THE DRESSING ROOMS WILL NOT BE LOCKED.

Groups will be given 18 minutes of tech time to be broken down in the following way: 2 minutes for gel change and setup, 14 minutes for level set/run through, 2 minutes strike/reset.

Groups should bring the following to tech rehearsal if they have not left them in the theater:

-gels: cut in 7 1/2" squares, clearly labeled with school, piece and position.

-music on CD: please burn a CD with only your music on it, clearly labeled with school and piece.

-Please also inform the stage manager if you wish to have the cyc or black out curtain for your background.



Gel will be kept on stage for the entire conference.  If you wish to pick up your gel, you may do so at the end of the Gala Concert.

Scroll through this page for the following information:

Regional Conference Information and Updates
Conference Adjudicators
Guest Artists
Adjudication Information & Policies
Informal Concert Information
Conference Schedules
Forms--teacher, musician, program information

Updated 2/9/2009

The days are flying by as we approach the North Central Regional ACDFA Conference March 18-22.  Thank you so much for your cooperation submitting all the necessary materials.  Please be sure you have submitted your video waivers, liability releases and tech cues, as well as all the program information for adjudicated pieces and the informal pieces by Friday, February 21.  Any program information submitted after this date will not be reflected in the conference literature.  Also, be sure that you have substituted participant names if you initially entered a placeholder such as Student#1.

Adjudication times and teaching schedules will be finalized before our last update in early March.  Updated schedules will be emailed to representative faculty weekly up to the conference. 


Registration will begin at 2 pm on Wednesday at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.  T shirts with this logo:

 will be for sale for $20, and aluminum water bottles with the U of MN logo:

 will be for sale for $10 at registration.


There are a number of very exciting events happening as a part of the conference.  Critical Mass: Professional Dance Companies at the University of Minnesota will perform Wednesday evening at 7:30 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.  This show will highlight professional companies run by U of MN Dance Faculty.  The event is free and follows a free pizza reception in the Rarig Center Pit, mere minutes from each other. 


If you haven’t purchased discounted tickets for the Limon Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium, please do so.  There are no other conference activities planned for Thursday evening to allow everyone the chance to attend.  Please contact Maggie at berg1142@umn.edu for the promo code.


Also, a series of Unshowings will be held in the afternoons and evenings.  This is a chance to show work and receive peer feedback outside of the adjudication concerts and informal concert.  Participants can show brief works or works in progress, and receive anonymous feedback written on small slips of paper and placed in bags.  Feel free to bring pieces you are working on for some spontaneous feedback!


Just a reminder…The adjudication process is structured to insure that the adjudicators do not know the names of schools or choreographers presenting work in the adjudication concerts.  This ACDFA policy allows the selection process to be as objective as possible.  In order to keep the integrity of this policy and process intact through the adjudicators’ final decisions, it is necessary to ask all conference participants to avoid conversation with adjudicators about the adjudicated dances, the adjudication process or their comments during the feedback session.   In addition, please do not discuss your school’s programs or your own work with the adjudicators.  Your full cooperation is being requested for the enjoyment of all conference participants, including the adjudicators!


Looking forward to a fabulous conference!




Carl Flink
Department of Theater Arts and Dance Chair         

Maggie Bergeron
Conference Coordinator 


Thomas DeFrantz, born a Hoosier, liberated by high school in San Francisco, college back East, PhD in Performance Studies at NYU.  A happy dissident, I performed the Morton Gould Tap Concerto with Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and the Duke Ellington Tap Concerto with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra led by Mark Harvey.  My group SLIPPAGE, in residence at MIT, stages alternative histories of race, sexuality, gender, performance, and technology.  Recent: Ennobling Nonna (2004), a physical-theater solo by Maria Porter (performances US, Italy, Peru, and Denmark); tap/technology work Monk’s Mood: A Performance Meditation on the Life and Music of Thelonious Monk (2005; NPN Tour 2005, Cape Town ZA 2008); The House Music Project (workshop 2006) a technology-driven exploration of queer black dance; Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty (Boston Center for Arts and Flynn Center for the Arts 2006, UCLA 2007, Wellesley College 2008), commissioned by Theater Offensive, Flynn Center, and NPN.  Current Project: CANE, a media-rich dance theater exploration of blck life in the rural South.  Teaching: NYU, Stanford, Hampshire College, Hollins University/ADF MFA Program, MIT.  Books: Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, winner of the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Publication and the Errol Hill Award presented by the American Society for Theater Research) and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004, winner of the de la Torre Bueno Prize for Outstanding Publication in Dance).  Always interested in stories, how we tell them, and what we think they might mean.  Web.mit.edu/defrantz; web.mit.edu/slippage

Sara Hook is a performer, choreographer and educator. A former soloist with Nikolais Dance Theater, Hook has also performed with Murray Louis, Pearl Lang, Jean Erdman, and Stephan Koplowitz among many others. She is a guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and The Bang Group with whom her work has been produced internationally in venues throughout North America and Europe.   Her company, Sara Hook Dances, has appeared at numerous New York City venues including Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks, Split Stream, and Family Matters Series), and Dancenow/NYC’s DanceMopoliton Series at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. Recent Regional venues include Milwaukee’s Danceworks Performance Series, The Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas, and The Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, MA.   Hook has toured widely as a guest artist/teacher and has set works at over a dozen universities nationally. She holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Hook has been on the faculties of Princeton University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and guest faculty of the Paul Taylor Summer Intensives in NYC.  Currently she is Associate Professor of Dance at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dianne McIntyre, dance and theatre artist received the American Dance Festival 2008 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography.  Her residencies and choreography over the past two years include: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dancing Wheels and Groundworks (Cleveland), Oberlin College, Howard University, The Ohio State University, SUNY Brockport, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance SUNY, New Federal Theatre (NY), University of Maryland, Western Michigan University, American Dance Festival, National Black Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, 651 Arts (Brooklyn) and Boston Arts Academy.Her own ensembles have performed at major performing arts venues like Joyce Theater, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow, plus many university stages.  Her work has been performed by university and professional ensembles including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II.  Besides those mentioned above some awards include:  Three Bessies (NY Dance and Performance Award), three AUDELCOs (NY Black Theatre), four Helen Hayes nominations and one award (DC Theatre), Cleveland Arts Prize Pioneer Award, Emmy Award nomination (for Miss Evers’ Boys choreography).  Grants include:  National Dance Residency Award through Pew Charitable Trust and National Dance Project through New England Foundation for the Arts (both one of ten nationally), National Endowment for the Arts Three-year Choreography Fellowship (one of three nationally), scores of grants and commissions from NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, foundations and corporations for choreography and organizational support since 1974.


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 "Other 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 guest artist; however dance performers must be students.  Dance performers include anyone seen by the audience.

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. On a trial basis for 2009 regional conferences, non-student musicians will be permitted to perform in adjudicated works and be visible to the audience. Non-student musicians will be also be required to pay the conference registration fee as is currently expected for student musicians, unless the musician is accompanying conference classes. It should be noted that the use of student musicians is preferred as it is in accordance with this organization's mission to promote student performance. The addition of non-student musicians must work within the capabilities and resources of the host institution.

6. 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 twelve-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 Conference Coordinator to enforce the time limit.

7. If two works are submitted, at least one must be choreographed by a student. An adjudication fee will be charged for each piece.

8. 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 and national festivals for performance.

9. If a work is unable to be performed in the Gala Concert, notification must be given to the Conference Coordinator prior to the Gala selection.  Institutions that are not available for participation in the gala may receive adjudication feedback but are not eligible for consideration for gala selection.

10. If an institution chooses to bring a work choreographed by a conference adjudicator, that work will be adjudicated only for performance and not considered for the gala concert.  All adjudicators will be informed in advance of this information.

11. A faculty member or other chaperone from the participating institution must accompany the students.

12. 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. 

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. All conference participants must be prepared to work within the technological capabilities and all other limitations stated by the host institution.

16. Students performing in the adjudicated concert must be officially registered at the conference and are expected to participate fully in conference events.

17. A registration fee must be paid for each conference participant with the exception of Board members and host institution students working at the conference.

18. Cast replacements for works accepted for the Gala Concert must be approved by the adjudicators.

19. Regarding video/technology in adjudication, pieces being adjudicated must contain a live dance performance element.

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, we are requesting that only one dance per institution be shown in this 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 twelve minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities. A brief spoken introduction may precede the piece. If so, the introduction time must be included in the 12 minute time limit for the dance. Works-in-progress may be shown. A CD of concert quality must be provided by the choreographer in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator.

Information due by January 1, 2009.

SCHEDULES (subject to change)


Wednesday, March 18
    5:00-6:30    Classes
    6:30-7:30    Pizza Reception
    7:30-9:00    Critical Mass: Professional Dance Companies at
                      the University of Minnesota Concert

Thursday, March 19     
   10:00-11:30   Adjudication Panel
   12:30-2:00     Adjudication Concert #1
    2:15-3:45      Concert #1 Feedback
    6:00-8:00      Unshowings (very, very informal showings)
    6:45-7:45      Limon Dance Company Preview
    7:30             Limon Dance Company (Promo code for reduced-                        price tickets is available.  Please email Maggie at 
                        berg1142@umn.edu for more information.)

Friday, March 20
   12:30-2:00   Adjudication Concert #2
    2:15-3:45    Concert #2 Feedback
    5:45-7:15    Faculty Reception
    5:30-7:15    Unshowings
    7:30-9:00    Informal Concert
Saturday, March 21
    12:30-2:00   Adjudication Concert #3
    2:15-3:45    Concert #3 Feedback
    5:00-7:00    Membership Meeting
    6:00-7:30    Unshowings
    7:30-9:00    Adjudication Concert #4
    9:15-10:45  Concert #4 Feedback
    9:15-11:30  Reception

Sunday, March 22
    10:00-11:30  Adjudicator Master Classes     
    10:00-11:3   Regional Planning Committee
    1:00-3:00     Gala Concert


FORMS TO SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Activity Registration")

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.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: 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 of performers' names.

Deadline to submit information is January 1, 2009.




Please complete the online Teacher Interest Form
if you or your colleagues have an interest in teaching at the ACDFA Middle Region Conference. 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.

We encourage teachers to propose classes/workshops/lectures and panels to enhance the diversity and the breadth of class offerings.

Deadline to submit information is December 1, 2008.


In anticipation of the North Central Region Conference we invite your most skilled musicians to participate, accompanying a few classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of at least $30.00 per class.  Interaction among musicians  will help to make very memorable master classes. We also have a number of dancer/musician jams scheduled to increase the opportunities for dialogues during the conference. 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 to submit information is December 1, 2008.


Please complete and submit Waivers by February 1.

Each conference participant must complete and return a signed Liability Waiver. UMN_Liability_Release.doc

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. UMN_Waiver-Video.doc

Waivers may be returned via fax (612.625.2849) or postal service:
Barbara Barker Center for Dance
Maggie Bergeron
500-21st Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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

  • Liability Waiver
  • Video Waiver



Contact Information

  • Maggie Bergeron
    Phone: (612) 625-6552
    Email: berg1142@umn.edu
    Fax:  (612) 625-2849