Fairfax, Virginia
Saturday, March 08, 2014
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Congratulations to the performances
selected for the 2014 National
College Dance Festival.

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 Acquiring Dawn
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Choreography: Renay Aumiller (Guest Artist)
East Carolina University
Choreography: John Dixon (Faculty)
If Only I Knew
University of Maryland
Choreography: Bethany Disque and Chelsea Brown (Undergraduate students)

Inevitable Veering – ALTERNATE #1
Virginia Commonwealth University
Choreography: Amy Perkinson (Undergraduate student)
From left: – ALTERNATE #2
North Carolina State University
Choreography: Robin Harris  (Faculty)


Congratulations to following 12 dances
that have been selected for the
ACDFA 2014 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Gala Performance

 3:45pm  4:15pm 1
 Inevitable Veering
4:00pm  4:30pm
 2 The Perspiring
 4:15pm  4:45pm  3 Kitchen Stories
 4:30pm  5:00pm  4  I Met You In a Kitchen
 5:15pm  5 Selfless Reality
 5:00pm  5:30pm  6 Acquiring Dawn
 5:15pm  5:45pm  7 We, Rhythms in a Canvas
Straight Duet
 5:45pm  6:15pm  9 From left:
 6:15pm 6:45pm  10  Sidewalk Stories
 7:00pm  11  If Only I Knew
 12  Consumption

8:00pm Call Time for Gala Performance

All schools may pick-up gels and CDs at the
“Registration” table located in the Concert Hall Lobby
immediately following the Gala Concert

The 2014 ACDA Mid-Atlantic Conference at The George Mason University School of Dance hopes to celebrate the expansiveness of the dance world. We hope to bridge the worlds of artistry, theory, interpretation and culture — we all are dancers.

2014 ACDA Mid-Atlantic Conference
March 8-11, 2014
George Mason University School of Dance
4400 University Dr., MSN 3D4 Fairfax, VA 22030

Conference Coordinators: Susan Shields and Karen Reedy
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Imagine… a conference that inspires!

We’ve been eager to share all of our planning with you. The entire GMU faculty has been contributing ideas and expertise to make sure you have a wonderful and inspiring visit to our campus. The esteemed JOFFREY BALLET will join us on Saturday evening to share an evening of contemporary dance.They will set the stage for our time together with their vibrant energy. Imagine… dancing at your highest potential!

In addition to offering a variety of classes by the strong faculty from schools throughout our Mid-Atlantic region, we have invited guests from the DC Metropolitan area to add to our roster. One of our special highlights includes former Cunningham dancer and current licensing director, Patricia Lent, who will offer a Cunningham technique class as well as a Composition course based on Cunningham principles. Stay tuned for announcements about other opportunities to grow and explore—we hope that you will push your personal limits in our studios.

Imagine… knowledge being shared!

We are thrilled with our prestigious and talented adjudicators. Zvi GotheinerSara Skaggs and Sylvia Waters. All leaders in the field, they will discuss your creative work and share their expertise about the craft of choreography. Our trio of adjudicators reflect a broad range of aesthetics and values. They have spent their lives working with dancers in both technique and choreography—and all have contributed profoundly to our field. You will enjoy their generous personalities, benefit from their ideas, and sense their dedication to instructing young choreographers.

Imagine… a life in dance!

A particular highlight of our conference will be a special panel that will be held in our Concert Hall, on Sunday afternoon March 9th. For this “matinee” performance we will be joined by special guests, who, in the true dance tradition, will pass on their stories of having spent their lives in our field. Please join us with Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Elizabeth Parkinson, Star of Broadway's "Movin' Out", Deborah Jowitt, acclaimed dance writer and historian, Elisa Monte, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance, Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow and Artistic Director of Abraham.In.Motion,  and Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. Introduced by Suzanne Carbonneau, scholar in residence at Jacob’s Pillow, this presentation will truly inspire.

Imagine… the thrill of performing!

In our 2,000 seat Concert Hall you will have your opportunity to transcend during those precious moments on stage. Four different adjudication concerts will culminate in a Tuesday evening Gala Performance open to our general public. This will be an exciting end to our performance series.

Welcome to George Mason University!
Come dance with us and let's have a ball!


Registration and Deadline Dates

NOTE: Registration procedures have changed for 2014.
Please read Registration Instructions before registration opens.

For initial registration, download "Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Oct. 30, 2013" or "Instructions for Registration Oct. 30, 2013 & After"

For changing existing registrations, download "Updating Existing Registrations"

For a list of the information that will requested starting on Oct. 30, 2013, download

ACDA Member Fee: $125 per participant
Non-Member Fee: $150 per participant

This fee covers all scheduled classes and events including The Joffrey Ballet, “Imagine…A Life in Dance,” The Gala Program and student/faculty events. There is a registration cap of 20 student participants and 2 adjudicated dances per school, with a total of 500 participants for the conference. The Informal Concert will be limited to no more than 20 dances, including a maximum of 1 dance per school with a time limit of 10 minutes per dance.

Payment Instructions

All checks should be made payable to: George Mason University

Send payment to:
George Mason University
School of Dance
4400 University Drive, MS 3D4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Federal ID# 54-0836354

ACDA Membership

A one-year Individual Member may attend the conference at the discounted member rate. An Individual Member is not eligible to have works adjudicated at the conference.

Membership forms are available at www.acdfa.org. To become a new member of ACDA or renew your membership, send membership dues directly to:

American College Dance Association
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD  20850

Do not send registration fees to the ACDA national office. ACDA accepts checks only. No credit cards There are no refunds on Membership Dues.


In order to accommodate more member schools, each school may register a maximum of 20 students between October 9-22. On October 23, the cap will be lifted and member schools already registered or newly registering will be able to add or register students without a limit. Each school is responsible for adding registrants to its own already existing registration.

Registration Open Dates

Wednesday, October 9, 2013: In-Region Member Priority
Wednesday, October 16, 2013: All Regions Member Priority
Wednesday, October 23, 2013: Student Registration Caps Lifted, if applicable
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: Open Registration, including non-members and second conference registration for member schools

Payment/Proof of Payment Deadline
Payment and proof of payment is due within two weeks of registration. For example, if you register on October 9, 2013 your payment is due by October 23, 2013.

We will register participants on a first registered-first accepted basis. Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within two weeks of registration in order to guarantee your registration. If payment or proof of intention to pay is not received within two weeks, your slots may be released. Full payment is due for all registrations by our deadline of December 2, 2013. It is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots.

Registration Instructions Prior to October 30, 2013
Registration Instructions After to October 30, 2013
Updating a Registration Instructions
Preparing to Submit all Detailed Information starting October 30, 2013

Deadline Dates

PLEASE NOTE: The new deadline for technical information is February 1, 2014. We apologize for any confusion.

Friday, December 6, 2013: Teaching and Musician Information and Student Research Presentation Proposals Due
Friday, December 6, 2013: All Adjudication and Informal Concert Information Due
Saturday, February 1, 2013: Technical Information Due
On or before Saturday, March 8, 2014: Applicant Waivers Due (click here for form)

Conference Overview

At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin in the morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014, and to conclude with a post-gala reception on the evening of Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The exact time frame may vary depending on registration and adjudication numbers.

A detailed conference schedule will be posted as soon as the information is available.
For a full conference overview, click Events/Exhibitors.


General Information:

  • Registration is located in the Concert Hall Lobby. Fifteen minute parking is available just out front.
  • Lost and Found will be located at the Registration Desk in the Concert Hall Lobby.
  • There is an ATM located in Johnson Center Building



ZVI GOTHEINER Born and raised in a kibbutz in northern Israel, Zvi began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after, formed his first performance group. Zvi arrived in New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and danced with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company and Feld Ballets/NY and toured with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance.

SARAH SKAGGS is a dancer/choreographer who has been making dances in New York City for over twenty years. She has received six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography fellowships and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships as well as the numerous grants from the Rockefeller, Culpeper, Jerome, Harkness, Greenwall, Dreyfus and Bulova Foundations. She has the honor of having a two-page entry devoted to her in the International Dictionary of Modern Dance.

In addition to her extensive travel and teaching in Hong Kong, Prague, Taipei and Bali her work has been produced by The Joyce Theatre's "Altogether Different" series, Lincoln Center Festival, The Andy Warhol Museum, DancePlace DC, Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, PS 122, Jacob's Pillow, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Dublin Arts Festival and most recently at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference at Stanford University. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Danspace Project at St.Mark's Church in New York since 1992. She holds an MFA in Dance Studies from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Currently, she is the director of the dance program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Her choreographic investigations over many years have focused on the intersection between social and concert dance, between the casual and formal, the ambiguous and the definitive.

Her work has looked for immersive and embodied ways to engage audiences either through large-scale non-proscenium dance events or intimate hyper-articulate concert performances. In either format, her work carves out spaces that knit the audience and performer together in social, spiritual and sensual ways.
SYLVIA WATERS was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as Artistic Director of Ailey II and led the company for 38 years. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Waters earned a B.S. in Dance prior to moving to Paris, where she appeared regularly on television. She has also performed in Brussels and at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. In 1968, Ms. Waters joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the Company until assuming leadership of Ailey II. In 1997, she received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Oswego, and she has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Waters is a recipient of the Legacy Award as part of the 20th Annual IABD Festival, Syracuse University’s Women of Distinction Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and a “Bessie” Award. Currently, Ms. Waters leads The Ailey Legacy Residency, a lecture, technique and repertory program for college-level students that looks definitively into the history and creative heritage of Alvin Ailey.


Submitting Registration Information Online

The 2014 ACDA regional conference registration procedure has changed
. Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Oct. 30, 2013 or Instructions for Initial Registration Oct. 30, 2013 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration.

If registering prior to October 30, 2013, registration will be in two steps. In Step One the Faculty Representative will enter names (or placeholders) and contact information for all registrants. The Faculty Rep. may also reserve spots for adjudication and the informal concert. On October 30th at the latest, you will be asked to re-enter your existing registration to enter details for your school's participation in the conference. Refer to Updating Existing Registrations.

STEP TWO INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Details" for the Faculty Rep.):
It is not necessary to submit all information at the same time. You may return to your registration to add or update information. Open or download Preparing to Submit Detailed Information to see a full list of information that will be requested.

In all cases, please honor 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. Deadline for completed program information December 6, 2013.

Teacher Information
Teachers are encouraged to propose classes/workshops, research presentations and panel topics to enhance diversity and the breath of class offerings. We encourage a variety of classes and styles, and creative ideas and titles for classes. If you are teaching a specific modern, ballet, or jazz style, for instance, that would be great to note. We encourage teachers and presenters to make connection to the conference's theme of "Imagine.. " in some way.

Faculty members may submit up to three different classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels, and graduate students my submit up to two different classes/workshops and/or research presentations. 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.
Deadline for completed teacher information December 6, 2013.

Faculty Peer Review
ACDA is — by definition — a national membership service organization to strengthen the educational network for students and faculty within the academic setting. Faculty (ACDA members only) who are teaching or presenting at the conference may request a written peer review when registering.  Faculty interested in serving as reviewers will be able to offer their services when registering. Note: ACDA will make every attempt to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

Musician Information
We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $50 per class. Pianists, percussionists, and instrumentalists of all sorts are encouraged to apply. 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. Deadline for completed musician information December 6, 2013.

Student Research Presentation
There will be an opportunity for students to present research. Each presentation is limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s). A selection panel from faculty in the Amherst/Springfield area will choose from among papers submitted, those to be presented at the conference.

Participation Liability Waiver (ALL MUST SIGN)
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 this form to the conference host before or upon registering.
Liability Waiver Download

Contact Information

  • Email:  acdfa@gmu.edu
    (703) 993-1114
    (703) 993-1366

Payment Instructions

  • Payments may be made with credit cards or checks.

    All checks should be made payable to: George Mason University

    Send payment to:
    George Mason University
    School of Dance
    4400 University Drive, MS 3D4
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Federal ID# 54-0836354
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.
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