Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Saturday, March 19, 2016

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The 2016 North Central ACDA Conference concluded with a beautiful Gala Concert on Wednesday afternoon. Below are the three selected dances and two alternates that will represent the North Central region at the 2016 ACDA National Festival from June 8-11, 2016 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. 

Congratulations to all!

2016 North Central ACDA National Festival Selections:

1.  Almost But Not Yellow                                             Leila Awadallah (Undergraduate)          Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

A sophisticated, richly-layered work that invites you to discover it, Almost But Not Yellow is full of enigmatic imagery that enhances its choreographic body. 

2.  Double Dutch Training Ground                                Keyierra Collins (Undergraduate)          Columbia College Chicago

Double Dutch Training Ground is a compelling work, dense with movement language that is original, authentic, and urgent. The work is a timely commentary on the African American female experience that embraces the powerful nature of the spoken word and an eloquent weaving of contemporary movement with the Africanist aesthetic.

3.  Television: Or (And Now, Our National Anthem)     Daniel Stark (Faculty)                             Minnesota State University, Mankato

Television: Or (And Now, Our National Anthem) is a fully realized work that is both beautifully crafted and playfully irreverent, speaking to the powerful influence of television culture on contemporary American rituals.

Alternates (ranked)
1. Faux Fur          Gina T'ai (Faculty)                                        Beloit College

A work with a sould and sense of importance, Faux Fur is devestatingly truthful, conceptually grounded and smartly crafted. The dancers internalize the objectification of the female body, delivering a biting commentary on the compulsory sexualization of women.

2. Influx                Tiffany Merritt-Brown (Undergraduate)     UW-Madison

The skillful fulfillment of a clear vision, Influx is gifted in stage design and meticulously performed.

2016 North Central ACDA Gala Concert Selections 

Technical Rehearsal Schedule  PDF download
Wednesday, March 23 | 8:45am-1:00pm

• Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled tech time. The same process will be followed that was set during the adjudication concert tech.
• During you tech time you should plan to set a bow.
• The below tech rehearsal list is also the performance order for the Gala Concert

Time               University                                                    Title
8:45-9:05           Gustavus Adolphus College                         Counting Stars
9:05-9:25           University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point         The Reluctant Performer
9:25-9:45           University of Northern Iowa                          Trigger
9:45-10:05         University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee             Rapid Eye Movement
10:05-10:25        University of Wisconsin—Madison                Influx
10:25-10:45        Beloit College                                             Faux Fur
10:45-11:05        BREAK                                                      BREAK
11:05-11:25        University of Iowa                                        Progress
11:25-11:45        Columbia College Chicago                            Double Dutch Training Ground
11:45-12:05        University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire             Mothers en Façe
12:05-12:25        University of Minnesota—Twin Cities            SCREENING Pt. 1
12:25-12:45        University of Minnesota—Twin Cities            Almost But Not Yellow
12:45-1:05          Minnesota State University, Mankato           Television: Or (And Now, Our National Anthem)


Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Theatre & Dance
1800 Portage St.
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
United States

Map and Directions

Registration opening times indicated below are in time zone of the conference.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:                                                                       
  Registration opens at 9:00AM for in-region ACDA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 21, 2015:   Registration opens for all ACDA members at 11:00AM
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
  Registration caps per school, if any, are lifted at 9:00AM

Wednesday, November 4, 2015:
  Open Registration begins at 9:00AM.  Includes ACDA members, Non-Members, and any schools attending a second conference.
No invitation code required 


Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for their regional conference by October 12th. 

Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for all conferences on October 19th.

Contact the ACDA national office if you are a current ACDA member and do not receive an email with the appropriate invitation code by the stated dates or if you are in the process of becoming a member.


In order to accommodate more member schools, each school may register a maximum of (20) students between October 14-27.  On October 28, 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.

There will be a $25.00 charge for every registrant cancelled prior to full payment. 
There are no refunds on paid registrations.

Register only the number of participants you are committed to bringing to the conference.


Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within
two weeks of your registration to hold registration slots.
Full payment must be received no later than December 15, 2015.
Failure to remit payment by the deadline may result in cancellation of registration by the host.
All cancellation fees will apply. 

To register for a regional conference as a member, all institutional memberships
must be in good standing.  All outstanding balances to ACDA and/or past
regional conferences must be paid in full.

Click on the links below to navigate through this page:    

General Information and Updates     
Conference Adjudicators     
Guest Artists     
Adjudication Information & Policies     
Informal Concert Information     
Conference Schedules     
Submitting Registration Information Online     


Welcome 2016 North-Central ACDA Conference friends,

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Theatre & Dance is thrilled to be hosting the 2016 North-Central Regional ACDA Conference. Our theme, Presence In Practice is guiding how we think, imagine, and organize our conference.  From March 19-23 we’ll be taking an intimate and thoughtful look at the ways we create, perform, view, think about and discuss dance.

Presence In Practice provides a lens to participate in the conference for all students and faculty.  We encourage you to consider how presence impacts your work, how practice sustains you, and ultimately how presence in your own practice can take your work to the next level.  To support this aim, an array of master classes in a variety of techniques, lectures and panel discussions on topics including viewing and writing about dance, sound and lighting design seminars, documentary screenings, composition workshops and, of course, plenty of live dance will be presented over the four-day conference. We are also interested in furthering the dialogue about dance in higher education with round table discussions on topics suggested by participants, a Tap Summit lead by UWSP faculty Jeannie Hill, and a special performance to welcome everyone and kick-off the conference.

This year’s conference will include four adjudication concerts, two informal concerts, and a Gala Concert from which dances will be selected for participation in the ACDA National College Dance Festival in Washington, DC.  The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDA conference.  We have arranged for three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators to join our conference. We welcome Blake Beckham, Robin Gee, and Zvi Gothiener.

ACDA values diversity and UWSP’s Dance Program shares this interest in developing a conference that reflects the many forms, styles, cultural traditions and aesthetic dimensions of dance.  We encourage all participants to embrace the spirit of our conference and explore your personal Presence In Practice. Whether you’re performing, creating, watching, writing, or thinking about our field, we believe active engagement provides the greatest potential for deepening understanding.

We are excited to share our state-of-the-art facilities and the state-of-the-art thinking happening at UWSP.


While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills very quickly.  Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDA members at 9:00am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015; for all ACDA members on Wednesday, October 21; and for non-members on Wednesday, November 4. Our maximum capacity is 450 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances.  In order to accommodate as many schools as possible, a registration cap of 20 students per school is in effect until Wednesday, October 28th.

It is highly recommended that you read Registration Instructions carefully before starting to register your group.  

Registration is online with participation spots reserved on a first registered-first accepted basis. Entering participants through online registration temporarily holds slots for two weeks.  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 no later than December 15, 2015. It is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots.  Information for payment is located in the right sidebar.  Deadlines, fees, registration and membership policies, and registration instructions can be found under the Conference Details tab on this website.

Conferences often fill before the closing deadline and when we reach maximum capacity, we will be unable to accept additional participants.  If you are closed out of the conference, email the Conference Coordinator immediately to be put on the waitlist.  Your place on the waitlist is determined by the date and time of your email request.

Due to the rising costs of processing cancellations, as well as the negative impact on other ACDA members of holding then releasing slots, a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each individual registrant cancelled prior to full payment.  There are no refunds on paid registrations.  Register only the number of participants that you are committed to bringing. 

You need not be an ACDA member to attend the conference, although only institutional members may participate in the adjudication process and only members may register during the member priority period.  Additionally, members pay a discounted registration fee.  If you have not yet joined ACDA, we urge you to do so to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs and to receive the benefits of membership.

If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies.  If you choose to have two pieces adjudicated, 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.  Dances will be accepted for adjudication, like registration, on a first registered-first accepted basis with payment (or proof of intention to pay) received within two weeks of registration. If payment is not received within that timeframe, slots may be lost. Please remember that you must be an ACDA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.

All of us at UW-Stevens Point look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who will be first-time visitors to our area, Stevens Point is a welcoming community near the Wisconsin River. The city is surrounded by the 26-mile Green Circle, a scenic hiking and biking trail, and a short walk from campus is the Schmeeckle Reserve, a beautiful forest preserve worth investigating when you are in need of some inspiration from nature. Finally, be sure to visit PJ's Restaurant at SentryWorld on the grounds of a world class golf course for a delicious meal inspired by the flavors of Wisconsin in a warm, relaxed, and inviting atmosphere. 


Michael Estanich
ACDA North-Central Regional Director
2016 North-Central Conference Coordinator

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BLAKE BECKHAM is a choreographer, producer and educator in Atlanta, Georgia. She co-directs The Lucky Penny, a presenting organization with the mission to advance artistry and cultivate community through daring, experimental performance work. Blake’s artistry and leadership have been recognized with a SEE

D Fund Grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Tanne Foundation Award, and Community Impact Award from Emory's Center for Creativity. Her work has been supported through residencies at Theater Emory and Performance Works Northwest, and through competitive grants from Idea Capital Atlanta, Fulton County Arts Council and more.


Blake’s current body of work examines the intersections of dance and design, where architectural impulses collide with embodied inquiry. Working with large teams of multi-disciplinary collaborators, Blake creates production designs filled with stunning intention and imagination. Her recent celebrated works include: Threshold(2012), a dance inside a monumental cardboard house designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and Dearly Departures (2014), a confluence of movement and mechanics featuring design by Beckham’s collaborating partner, Malina Rodriguez.


Beckham earned a BA in English and Dance from Emory University, where she received The Sudler Prize for highest achievement in the arts. She attended Ohio State as a University Fellow, to complete her MFA in Choreography. Blake’s prolific career has included teaching appointments at Agnes Scott College, Emory University and The Woodruff Arts Center. Recently, she launched The Lucky Penny’s Work Room, a rehearsal studio that houses a residency program for Atlanta choreographers. The space is a community resource, and an experiment in cooperative sustainability. There Beckham teaches and facilitates professional development opportunities while she continues to make some of the most rigorous choreographic work in the South.

Learn more at blakebeckham.org and theluckypenny.org.



ROBIN GEE is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Greensboro holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College and specializes in African, and Modern dance techniques, Dance for the Camera and the research and documentation of traditional dance forms. Ms. Gee has performed with several New York based dance companies, including Les Ballet Bagata directed by Yousouff Koumbassa, Maimouna Keita Dance Company directed by Marie Basse Wiles and the Cinque Folkloric Dance Company where she served as Choreographer and Artistic Director for 15 years. In 2006 she formed her own company Sugarfoote Productions, a multiservice arts organization designed to help local North Carolina audiences experience the richness of African and Diasporan cultural traditions. Since its inception Sugarfoote has presented a wide variety of arts programming and is the 2010/2011 recipient of the UAC Multicultural Arts Investments Grants for her community outreach programming. She is the recipient of the numerous research grants and awards for her work in dance documentation and preservation, including but not limited to: The West African Research Associations’ Post Doctoral Fellowship in African Research (2006); the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Grant (2005/2010) for her work on dance documentation in Guinea and again in 2010 for her work in Mali; American Association of University Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her work on The Mande Lagacy – A Multimedia Dance Documentation Project (2006),  and a US Fulbright Scholars Award for Urban Griots: (Re) Imaging the Word (2013). Recently she has created and curated the Greensboro Dance Film Festival, an international Screen Dance Festival showcasing films from around the world. In 2008 she created the language in things, a dance for the camera film that was selected as part of the 2009 DFTC Festival in Victoria, Canada, 87 Productions Film Festival in Winston Salem, NC and the Kinetic Works Film Festival in New York in 2010. Her choreographic credits include works developed on student and professional artists, the most recent of which, A Walk to Beautiful, premiered in New York at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and 3 commissioned works premiering at the Dance In/Out Festival in Burkina Faso which she co-founded in 2013 . She is also active in community theater, co-directing and choreographing a production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf  by Ntozake Shange, Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinke wiand choreographed Evil Dead: The Musical by George Reinblatt  and  Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Spamalot and August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, among others.  


  ZVI GOTHIENER (Artistic Director)

  Born and raised in a kibbutz in northern Israel, Gotheiner 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. Gotheiner arrived in New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and danced with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY and Batsheva 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.

A world-renowned pedagogue, Gotheiner has also created an internationally acclaimed teaching method, inspired by the work of Maggie Black, under whom he studied for many years. Combining different traditions of ballet, with emphasis on placement and movement efficiency, his method is respectful of the human body and the specific needs and abilities of each individual.

Teaching awards: American Dance Festival’s Balasarawat/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Teaching Award (2014); Kaatsbaan International Dance Center's Playing Field Award (2014). 


  RE|dance group
About The Company:
Creative partners Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich established RE|dance group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations. We are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships.  The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world.  We ground our artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand our voices as contemporary artists. We (along with a growing number of collaborators) enjoy an open process where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Our work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body's capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience intrigues us and grounds our process. The creative process is an ever evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play.
Though we call Chicago homebase for RE|dance group, the partnership rests on a unique long distance collaboration. Estanich lives in Stevens Point, WI, while Riner is a Chicago based independent artist. We became fascinated with the idea of creating work in a new way—generating movement material while we were together and developing characters or deepening our personal understanding of ideas while we are apart. Through conversation and dialogue we establish physical memories that enrich our dancing and the relationships created in the works.  

GERALD AVERY currently lives in New York City, but grew up in Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in Dance from The University Of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Gerald moved out to New York City immediately after college graduation in 2008. 

Since then some of his credits include the Broadway shows: Hamilton, Spider-man Turn Off The Dark, and Motown. Gerald has also been a back-up dancer for Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J and has made appearances on The Grammys, The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, and more! 
JACKIE BRENNER has been teaching Pilates to clients, dancers and other Pilates teachers for 18 years, after 4 years of Romana's apprentice-style training. She received her BFA in dance from Stephens College. For over 10 years, she performed with Jump Rhythm in Chicago and studied its ideokinetic facilitation inspired technique. During her MFA studies in UW-Milwaukee, she explored Alexander, LMA, and Body Mind Centering to enhance movement retraining. These combined influences converge to support mind body connection to change movement patterns in all the clients and trainers she teaches. 
JENAI CUTCHER WEST recently moved from New Haven, CT to Chicago to direct the Chicago Dance History Project In addition to working with tap dance artists such as Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Max Pollak, and Lynn Schwab, Jenai researches and documents dance in various formats and capacities. She has written articles for several dance publications, papers for presentation, three dance books for children, and Columbus Moves: A Brief History of Contemporary Dance. Her first feature-length documentary, Thinking On Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance, explores the work of the women who resurrected and revolutionized the art of American tap dance and continue to pioneer the field. Cutcher West has a BA in English and MFA in Dance, both from The Ohio State University. She teaches tap dance at Northwestern University. ​
  CORINNE IMBERSKI is a Chicago based dance educator, performer, and choreographer who has created over fifty works that have been presented across the United States and in France, Bulgaria, and Canada. Corinne has been on the dance faculty at Northwestern University, Hillsdale College, the University of Toledo, Paul Taylor Summer Intensive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Summer Dance Institute at the University of Michigan. Corinne has danced on many stages around the world—grand, small, and impromptu. Currently, Corinne is a faculty member of Columbia College Chicago, stages and dances in her own works, and is a company member of Chicago based RE|Dance Group. 

KATHERINE KRAMER is a performer, choreographer, educator, producer and writer, who has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright, an Artist's Innovation Award, a Creation Fund Grant, and an Al Smith Choreographic Fellowship.
A gypsy at heart and currently based in Madison, WI, Katherine is at work developing a multi-year writing/video/performance project, Taproot, which traces the footsteps, shares the lessons, and tells the stories of an itinerant dancer and the “wagon train" of friends supporting her journey. 

MAX POLLAK, a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, is the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's famous Rumba ambassadors. Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap" - a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music. His innovative a cappella vocal arrangements received critical praise in The New York Times. Originator of Cuba's first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998. Among others, he worked with Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Heather Cornell, Manhattan Tap, Tamango, Roxane Butterfly. He has performed as soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic, London and Montreal SymphonySt. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy and more. Many internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works expressly for him. He is also a recording artist, published writer, Sarah Lawrence College faculty, artist-in-residence at American Tap Dance Foundation. He also makes a great Apfelstrudel... www.mxpllk.com
  LUCY VURUSIC-RINER (RE|dance Executive Director) is a native Chicagoan who has been supporting and contributing to the dance community for over twenty years. She received her BS Degree in dance and dance education from Illinois State University. Lucy has been a member of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, RTG Dance Company and Matthew Hollis’ “The Power of Cheer.” She has also had the opportunity to be part of the community cast of White Oak Dance Project and David Dorfman Dance. She is on the dance faculty New Trier High School and was the previous Director of Dance at Oak Park and River Forest High School. In 2005, Lucy received the Midwest Dance Teacher of the Year award and was the youngest of four finalists in the running for the National Dance Teacher of the Year award. www.redancegroup.org
  NIKKI WHITESELL (MADCO Rehearsal Director) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Missouri State University with a BFA in Dance Performance. While attending MSU, she was a member of the Inertia Dance Company, where she to toured local elementary schools working with children to enhance reading and creative thinking skills through creative movement and performed and worked with guests artists. Upon graduating from MSU, Nicole moved to New York City to dance with Dodge Dance Company. While in New York, Nicole danced with the Amy Marshall Dance Company and Luxdance. Nicole joined MADCO seven season ago when she moved back to St. Louis. While working with MADCO Nicole, has had the pleasure of working with a number of guest artists including Gina Patterson, Jennifer Archibald, Ronen Koresh, Nejla Yatkin, Michael Uthoff among many others. Along with studying dance performance, Nicole also has a passion for dance education. In New York, Nicole taught at various schools on Long Island and was a adjunct faculty member at Webster University and at serveral local dance studios. Nicole is currently the Aritistic Director and Curriculum Coordinator at Rokita Dance Center in St. Peters, Missouri. 

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.  The online system will not allow you to enter a number if adjudication slots have filled.
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 ACDA website.
Please download ADJUDICATION POLICIES for your reference.

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We are pleased to offer the opportunity to present work in an informal concert.  Guidelines for the informal concert follow:
  • 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 12 minutes. 
    • The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.

  • 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 Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)


        Daily Master Teaching Schedule
        Faculty Bios & Class Descriptions
        Adjudication Tech and Performance Schedule
        Informal Tech and Performance Schedule

Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Nov. 4, 2015 or Instructions for Initial Registration Nov. 4, 2015 & After carefully prior to the opening date of registration. 

If registering prior to November 5, 2015, 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 November 4th, 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.
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 Friday, January 15, 2016.
  • The Adjudication Program Information fields will be visible only to the Faculty Representative for ACDA Institutional Members and ACDA Board Members.
  • The Informal Concert Program Information fields will be visible to the Faculty Representative for ACDA Institutional Members and Non-Members, ACDA Board Members and Individual registrants.

Teachers are invited to propose classes/workshops, research presentations and panel topics to enhance diversity and the breath of class offerings.  We encourage proposals that go beyond the usual academic dance styles or topics. We strongly support class/workshop proposals that relate to our theme of Presence in Practice--consider approaching a technique class, composition workshop, or research presentation through this lens.
The online Teacher Information fields allow faculty members to submit up to three classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels.  Graduate students may submit up to two different proposals. 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 Information fields will be visible to all faculty members registrants.
           Deadline for submission of Teacher Information is Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
ACDA is 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 or oral peer response when registering.  Faculty interested in serving as responders will be able to offer their services when registering.

Note: Peer response/responder requests are not  part of the online registration process.  All registered faculty will receive a Call for those interested in receiving or providing a peer response.  The Call will be sent by Rebecca Katz-Harwood, North-Central ACDA Board Member. 

ACDA will make every attempt to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

We invite musicians to participate in the conference, playing for classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $45 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.

We will also be planning several improvisation jam sessions (including contact jams and a tap jams) where live music accompaniment is welcomed and encouraged.
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is Friday, January 15, 2016.

We encourage students and/or faculty to present research during the conference. Each presentation is limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s).

2016 North Central ACDA Liability Waiver
Each conference participant is required to sign 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 signed Liability Waiver via postal service or scanned PDF email attachment. 
2016 North Central ACDA Video Waiver
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in adjudication concerts must complete and return a signed Video Waiver during the conference.  Please note that videos are for archival purposes and copies will not be available.

Return the signed Video Waiver via postal service or scanned PDF email attachment.

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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:  Michael Estanich
    Email: Michael.Estanich@uwsp.edu
    Phone: 715-346-2500

Payment Instructions

  • Payment may be made with checks or purchase orders.

    All checks should be payable to:

    UWSP Department of Theatre & Dance

    Send payment to:
    Michael Estanich
    Department of Theatre & Dance
    Noel Fine Arts Center
    1800 Portage Street
    Stevens Point, WI  54481

    UWSP Federal Tax ID # 39-1805963

gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:        
ACDA Lifetime Members:  Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Susan Douglas Roberts, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lisa A. Fusillo, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Joseph Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Li Chiao-Ping, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Andrew Vaca, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, Candace Winters-March, Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton