Randolph, New Jersey
Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The 2017 Northeast Region Conference will take place starting Thursday, March 16.
Updated Adjudication Concert Tech Schedule and Informal Concert Spacing Schedule are available here and will be emailed to faculty representatives. Please make sure to reference these updated schedules as there have been changes from previous posted schedules due to updated arrival times because of the storm. We are working on the revised teaching schedule and will post that tomorrow.







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Download Conference Policies for Participants

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Saturday, March 18, 2017

County College of Morris
Music, Dance & Performing Arts
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
United States

Map and Directions

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016:                                                                       
  Registration opens at 9:00AM for in-region ACDA members.
Use regional conference invitation code

Wednesday, October 19, 2016:   Registration opens for all ACDA members at 12:00 noon (EDT)
Use national member invitation code 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016:
  Registration caps of 15 students/per school lifted at 9:00AM

Wednesday, November 2, 2016:
  Open Registration begins at 12:00 noon (EDT).  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 10th. 

Current members should receive an email with an invitation code for all conferences on October 17th.

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 15 students between October 13-25.  On October 26, 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.

If bringing non-dancer student musicians who will be at the conference
only to perform, speak with the Conference Coordinator

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, 2016.
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     


County College of Morris invites faculty and students to participate in the 2017 American College Dance Association's Northeast Region Conference, March 15-18, in Randolph, NJ. We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions and a Gala Concert. Additionally, special faculty seminars and workshops have been planned.

A great deal of initial planning for the Northeast Region Conference has already occurred. We invite 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, attending research presentations, 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. Faculty also benefit from these experiences as well as the opportunity to present research and for peer response, among other professional development opportunities.

ACDA values diversity and maintains a commitment to the development of conferences that reflect and give value to the various forms, styles, cultural traditions and aesthetic dimensions of dance in performance. We encourage attention to diversity within informal and formally adjudicated concerts, master classes and panel discussions and/or lectures.

The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDA conference. We are in the process of securing three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators and will announce our panel soon. More information about adjudicators and adjudication can be found on the ADJUDICATION INFO page on this website. We are also planning our Guest Artists for the concert and look forward to announcing them to you soon. Information on our Guest Artists will be posted on the GUEST ARTIST page.


While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills quickly.  Please note that registration opens for in-region institutional and individual ACDA members at 9:00am on Thursday, October 13, 2016; for all ACDA members on Wednesday, October 19; and for non-members and schools attending a second conference on Wednesday, November 2. Our maximum capacity is 350 registrants and 40 adjudicated dances.  In order to accommodate as many schools as possible, a registration cap of 15 students per school is in effect until Wednesday, October 26th.

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, 2016. 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 on the CONFERENCE DETAILS page of 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, adjudication or the informal concert, email the Conference Coordinator immediately to be put on the waitlist; be specific in your request.  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, no more than 38. 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 time frame, 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 County College of Morris look forward to seeing you at the conference. For those of you who are first-time visitors to our area, County College of Morris is a Smoke-Free Campus nestled on 222 picturesque acres in the rolling hills of Northwest New Jersey. Located just 30 miles west of New York City, Morris County has many historical sites, arts venues and outdoor recreation areas. There are numerous hotels and fabulous restaurants within close proximity to the campus. We are thrilled to get to share our campus with you as we host the 2017 ACDA Northeast Region Conference.

Terence Duncan
ACDA Northeast Region Conference Coordinator

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Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. She has performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Nolan T’Sani, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others. Ilana has taught at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Berkeley City Ballet, the School of the Sacramento Ballet, the University of Washington, the American College Dance Association Conference, and Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive, in addition to company classes and master classes across the country with Trey McIntyre Project.

Her choreography has been performed by Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Bowen McCauley Dance, Perry-Mansfield, Florida State University, and University of Washington. Her work was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

She directed, choreographed, edited, and danced in a short experimental dance film, Convergence, which screened at ADF’s International Screendance Festival; DesArts//DesCinés International Videodance Competition, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Outlet Dance Project Film Festival, Dance Film Day at Performance Works NW, Movies by Movers Film Festival, World Dance Alliance Digital Dance Concert, and Opening Doors Film Festival. Most recently, she was co-director, co-choreographer, and co-editor, with Gabriel Williams, of Fledgling, a short dance film shot on location at Perry-Mansfield. Fledgling screened at Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Amarcord Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and the Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Sara Hook is a performer, choreographer, and educator who actively promotes a synergy between the professional and academic arenas of dance. Her diverse performing career includes performing with Martha Graham luminaries Pearl Lang and Jean Erdman, touring the world as a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre, and being a frequent guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and the Bang Group. Her choreography has been produced in numerous New York City venues, in 20 American states, and in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Creative research in recent years includes Wonder's Mist, a solo commissioned through the McKnight Foundation for former José Limón Dance Company principal dancer Emilie Plauché Flink, which premiered at the Ted Mann Theater as part of the Northrop Dance Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Yegg, a solo co-choreographed with University of Illinois alumnus Racy Brand, which has been performed at Gowanus Art and Production, at the West End Theater, and as part of the Dance Now NYC's 20th anniversary celebration at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York City. In the fall of 2014 Hook premiered an evening-length collaboratively made duet with former Bill T. Jones dancer Paul Matteson entitled Bored House Guests at the West End Theater in New York City, receiving outstanding critical acclaim.    Hook is currently collaborating with dramaturge Betsy Brandt on the creation of a series of Dance for Camera renderings archiving Hook’s unique pedagogy which integrates classical modern concepts with a variety of somatic techniques in the context of daringly expressive etudes.  Hook holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts, has an MFA from New York University, and is a certified movement analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She has toured widely as a guest artist and has taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Princeton University, Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensives, and the Bates Dance Festival.  Currently she is Professor of Dance at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she received the College of Fine and Applied Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. She has been an adjudicator for four previous regional American College Dance Festivals and is also proud to have been a founding member of The Pink Ribbons Project—Dancers in Motion against Breast Cancer. Hook's aim (in all her roles) is to contribute to the art of dance by being a good role model/citizen, to create opportunities for other dance artists, and to make work that both honors our artistic forebears and enlivens our experience of contemporary culture.

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, and Bari, Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. Vincent is a recipient of a 2009 Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, 2009 Baker Artist Choice Award (B Grant), a 2009 Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Overall Production (for his new work “Witness”), several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, a 2008 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, two 2006 Metro DC Dance Awards for Emerging Choreographer, and Outstanding New Work (for his evening length work the “Grandmother Project”). His work “We Hold These Truths…” was selected for the 2012 National ACDFA Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year. He received rave reviews for his performance of “Come Change” in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He returned to the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with iWitness, presented by Dance Base on a double bill with the Scottish National Ballet. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).

Vincent E. Thomas founded VTDance as an outlet for performance projects including solo, group, and collaborative choreographic endeavors. VTDance is multi-dimensional. The work builds on the use of contemporary dance, improvisation, text/ movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]. These ideas coupled with witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement are the rich palette for VTDance. Vincent works in and with communities with a variety of workshops, Table Talks, master classes, and community engagement activities.


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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Please note new request/reserve policy in effect for the first three days of in-region registration.

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.

  • Works-in-progress may be shown.
  • Dances presented in the Informal Concerts are restricted to work not being adjudicated. 

  • 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. 

  • During the first three days of registration, schools and individuals may request an informal slot during online registration. After three days, the host institution will reserve slots with priority given to schools with no reserved adjudication slots. Additional slots will be given to schools with adjudication slots based on time stamp of their registration. All schools requesting slots will be informed of their status. If additional slots are available after the initial three-day request period, they will be filled on a first registered/first reserved 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.  ACDA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 10-minute limit for technical errors or theater peculiarities.

  • There are a total of 24 slots available for the Informal Concerts.
  • The Informal Concerts will take place in a non-traditional performance venue with minimal lighting and theatrical elements.
  • 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 Jan. 13, 2017.

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

To view or download the Conference Overview Schedule, click the link below:

(updated 3/15)
To view or download the Master Class Schedule, click the link below:

(updated 3/15)


Students will have the opportunity to audition for exciting summer programs at the 2017 ACDA Northeast Region Conference at CCM. Click on the links below for more information:

ADF Audition Information.pdf

Burklyn Ballet Theatre Audition/Master Class Flyer.pdf


Please read Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Nov. 2, 2016 or Instructions for Initial Registration Nov. 2, 2016 & 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 January 13, 2017.
  • 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 hope to offer at least one faculty-only class a day.  We hope faculty will consider proposing a session for their colleagues.
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.

Consider offering a faculty-only session during the conference.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Information fields will be visible to all faculty members registrants.
           Deadline for submission of Teacher Information is January 13, 2017.
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 an 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 $40.00 per class.  Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. Sharing good music gives us new ideas to take home to our own programs and adds vitality to classes.

Additionally, we would like to schedule some Improv Jams and offer opportunities for musician performances.
Musicians should complete requested information online.  Musician fields are visible only to those registering as Musicians.
           Deadline for submission of Musician Information is January 13, 2017.

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).


Each conference participant is required to sign the ACDA/CCM Liability Waiver and the CCM Hold Harmless Waiver. The link for the Liability Waiver is available below. 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 Waivers via scanned PDF email attachment or submit upon Registration Check-In at the conference.
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.  Please note that videos are for archival purposed and copies will not be available.

Return the signed Video Waiver via scanned PDF email attachment or submit upon Registration Check-In at the conference.

ACDA/CCM Liabilty Waiver.pdf

CCM Event Participants Hold Harmless ACDA.pdf

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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator:  Terence Duncan
    Email: tduncan@ccm.edu
    Phone: (973) 328-5326
    Fax:  (973) 328-2483

Payment Instructions

  • We will be accepting checks and purchase orders.

    All checks should be payable to
    "County College of Morris"
    or "CCM"

    Please note the following on the check memo:
    "2017 ACDA Northeast Region Conference"

    Send payment to:
    County College of Morris
    attn: Accounting Department
    214 Center Grove Road
    Randolph, NJ 07869-2086

    Federal ID#: 22-1817724

          gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:                        

ACDA Lifetime Members: Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Judy Allen, Ruth Barnes, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, Paul Besaw, B.J. Bray, Lori Bryhni, Mary Cochran, Mary-Jean Cowell, Karen Dearborn, Susan Douglas Roberts, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lynda Fitzgerald, Lisa A. Fusillo, Amy Ginsburg, Lonny Joseph Gordon, Erica Helm, Luke Kahlich, Annie Kloppenberg, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Li Chiao-Ping, Luis Martinez, Rhythm McCarthy, Suzanne Ostersmith, Damon Rago, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Mark Santillano, Brent Schneider, William Seigh, Andrew Vaca, Holly Williams, Alcine Wiltz, Candace Winters-March, Darci Wutz, and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton