2009 ACDFA East-Central Regional Conference

Akron, OH
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
2009 ACDFA East-Central Regional Conference
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - Saturday, March 21, 2009

The University of Akron
Guzzetta Hall
139 Buchtel Avenue
Akron, OH 44325-1005

Map and Directions

A heartfelt thanks to all ACDFA adjudicated concert participants on your outstanding contributions to this year’s East Central Regional Conference.

The 2009 East Central Regional Conference Gala program is set.

Congratulations to all!







Wayne State University

Area of Stability

10:30 - 10:50


Fullerton College

When All the Guests Have Gone

10:55 - 11:15


Ohio University

I’m Not Myself You See

11:20 - 11:40


Wayne State University

Under Mine

11:45 - 12:05


Kent State University

Broken Voices

12:15 - 12:35


Grand Valley State University

Suite Morrissey

12:40 - 1:00


Indiana University

Impressions of Willow Bay

1:05 - 1:25


San Francisco State University


1:30 - 1:50


Western Michigan University

Nothing was left but white fragments

3:15 - 3:35


Oakland University

picture us smiling

3:40 - 4:00

Revised Schedules (March 6, 2009)

  • Please find the Guest Teacher Biographies here.
  • Please find the Class Descriptions here.
  • Find the East Central Regional Conference CLASS SCHEDULE here.
  • Find the ADJUDICATION Tech and Performance SCHEDULE here.

Regional Conference Information & Updates


The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration cordially invites you and your students to the American College Dance Festival Association’s East Central Region Conference March 18 – 21, 2009, at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Our new Center for Dance and Theatre houses seven digitally enhanced state-of-the-art dance studios that will enrich the learning opportunities available to you and your students throughout the conference.

We are pleased to welcome Tom Evert, Nora Chipaumire, and JoAnna Mendl Shaw as the honored adjudicators for our conference. We will host dance classes, master classes, and the grand Gala event on Saturday evening at the 3,000 seat E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the premier performance stage in the Akron area.

ACDFA values diversity and maintains a commitment to the development of conferences which reflect and give value to the various forms, styles, cultural traditions and aesthetic dimensions of dance in performance. We encourage the attention to diversity within informal and formally adjudicated concerts, master classes and panel discussion and/or lectures. We would like to encourage you and your students to attend and participate in the full array of scheduled events, whether or not planning to present choreography for adjudication. The experience of taking master classes, viewing the concerts, and listening to the adjudicators’ comments, as well as the energy exchange among dancers and faculty from other schools has always proven invaluable for our students, regardless of their levels of dance experience.

There will be numerous opportunities to meet students and faculty from other colleges, build friendships and exchange ideas throughout the conference. We have no regional restrictions on our conference; we will register participants on a first-paid, first-accepted basis. We anticipate an enthusiastic response to our conference, so we encourage you to register early. You need not be an ACDFA member to attend the conference. However, we urge you to join ACDFA to help further the important work of ACDFA. You must be an institutional member in good standing of ACDFA to qualify for adjudication.

Please register and include payment as soon as possible for our conference. The deadline for registration is February 1, 2009, though we expect to reach enrollment capacity before this date. If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies available on this site. If you choose to adjudicate two pieces, at least one must be choreographed by a student. There is a limit of 48 pieces that can be adjudicated, and again, these will be accepted on a first-paid, first-accepted basis.

For first-time visitors to Akron, please explore the links we have included on this website. The University of Akron is an exciting campus, within walking distance to downtown restaurants and hotels.

We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in March.


Neil Sapienza, Director
School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio

Conference Adjudicators

Nora Chipaumire

NORA CHIPAUMIRE was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe during the Chimurenga Chechipiri, or second war of liberation. A self-exiled artist now based in New York, she investigates the collaborative process within cultural, political, economic, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Her work is transnational, unafraid, and eager to burn cultural, creative, and geographic boundaries. She creates provocative and politically relevant multimedia dance work, illuminating the struggles of human identity in an increasingly borderless world. Her work is inspired by art from her native country such as Shona sculpture and chimurenga music - art that results from the often violent convergence of rural, urban, African, non-African, cultural, economic, colonial, and technological ideas. A visionary African contemporary dance artist, her work speaks to the human condition with power, authority, and urgency.

Nora Chipaumire is a recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Award. She is also a Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) 2007-08 Choreographic Fellow. Chipaumire received 2007-08 National Dance Project (NDP) Tour Support and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Nora was also honored with the Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. Chipaumire is featured in the documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa and is the subject of the documentary-in-progress, Nora Chipaumire: A Physical Biography, directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, supported by a 2007 EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission.

Nora’s choreographic work has been presented in New York through Dance Theater Workshop, 651 ARTS, Danspace Project, The Flea, and BRICstudio. She has taught and performed nationally at the The Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT); Global DanceFest through VSA North Fourth Art Center (Albuquerque, NM); CD Forum (Seattle, WA); The New Hazlett Theater through the August Wilson Center and Dance Alloy (Pittsburgh, PA); ODC Theater (San Francisco, CA); The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard, MA); Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA); New Orleans Dance Festival (New Orleans, LA); Arizona State University Department of Dance (Tempe, AZ); SUSHI Performance and Visual Art (San Diego, CA); Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID); Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH); and Summer Stages Dance (Concord, MA). Nora has toured internationally to Tangente (Montreal, Canada); the Milano Oltre Festival (Milan, Italy); Merseyside Dance Initiative (Liverpool, England); Dakar, Senegal; the Julidans Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Internationale Tanzmesse NRW (Düsseldorf, Germany); the International Contemporary Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland); and the OPEN LOOK International Dance Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia).

In addition to choreographing and touring her own work, Chipaumire is a featured performer and Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women. Chipaumire has also worked with various companies locally, nationally, and internationally, including Molissa Fenley and Dancers (NYC), Dimensions Dance Theater (Oakland, CA), and Compania De La Danza Narciso Medina (Havana, Cuba), and Bay Area choreographers such as Thais Mazur, Anne Bluthenthal, Laura Elaine Ellis, Robert Moses, and Leyya Tawil. She has studied dance formally and informally in her native Zimbabwe, USA, Cuba, and Jamaica. Chipaumire is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds graduate degrees from Mills College (Oakland, CA) in Dance (MA) and Choreography & Performance (MFA). Chipaumire has taught students of all ages in community colleges, public schools, and recreational studios in the U.S. and internationally.

Chipaumire’s current projects in development include an integrative dance and music collaboration with renowned Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo and his band, The Blacks Unlimited.

Tom Evert

A native of Ohio, Tom holds degrees in both painting and dance from Ohio University. Upon graduation, Tom moved to New York City to apprentice with The Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais Dance Companies. From 1975-1977, he toured as a dancer and arts-in-education teacher with the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company. His critical acclaim and maturity as a performing artist, however, developed while performing and touring nationally and internationally with "The Paul Taylor Dance Company" for eight years (1977-1985). In 1986 he founded the "Tom Evert Dance Company" for which he has created a major body of work for which he has received Six Fellowships for Excellence in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council. The company (currently DANCEVERT) presents a home season and has toured extensively and is dedicated to outreach and collaborative community projects. He has been commissioned to create works by professional and pre-professional dance companies, university ensembles, art institutions and commercial enterprises including: Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum Of Art, the Darius Milhaud Society, the Leonard Bernstein Festival, the Kurt Weill Festival, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Fashion shows, civic celebrations, and the list goes on. He has been on numerous dance faculties including The Hong Kong Academy of the Arts, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, University of Hawaii, Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, The University of Akron, The Paul Taylor Dance Studio in New York City, Cleveland Ballet, The Beck Center for the Arts, Ohio Northern University, Dennison University among many others. Mr. Evert is regularly engaged to give master classes in tandem with company performances. After being involved in arts education programming in the schools for 31 years, Mr. Evert has emerged as a prominent teaching artist in Ohio with Young Audiences Inc., The Ohio Arts Council and a Statewide Arts Talent Assessment Initiative (START-ID). Through the sponsorship of the Kennedy Center, Ohio-State-Based Partnership, Tom has been actively presenting workshops for teachers on the integration of arts activities into the teaching of the core curriculum. He is presently writing arts integrated language arts curriculum for the Cleveland Municipal School District. Tom, who began his college career in the visual arts, designs and constructs many of the sets for his dances and has been doing figurative sculpture for 6 years for which he has won international commissions and prizes in invitational shows.

JoAnna Mendl Shaw

The recipient of two NEA Choreographic Fellowships, Shaw has been stretching the boundaries of traditional dance for over 20 years. In 1998 She began investigating the merger of dance and equestrian artistry. She and her company of NYC based dancers, all trained in natural horsemanship, work in collaboration with high-level equestrians to create performance works for dancers, horses and equestrians.

The Equus Projects has produced full evening performance works for arts and equine venues, performed with live orchestras and trained with internationally recognized equestrians: The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Green Mountain Horse Association, The Heifetz International Music Institute, Perry Mansfield, The Bates Dance Festival, Virginia Commonwealth University, Symphony of Horses / Ocala, Florida, Equine Affaire/ Pomona, CA, The Saratoga ArtsFest and New York City’s River to River Festival.

Shaw established her early dance career in NYC, then spent 17 years in Seattle where she was a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company, then taught on the fulltime faculty at Cornish College and directed her own Seattle company, Danceworks Northwest. Moving to NYC in 1991, Shaw taught as a guest artist at Mount Holyoke College, Dickinson College and Princeton University. She taught on the faculty at NYU/Tisch and at Montclair State. Since 1999 she has taught Improvisation, Composition and Choreography in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program and since 2004, has taught on the faculty at The Juilliard School.

Shaw holds an MFA from the University of Utah and is a CMA.

Adjudication Information & Policies

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

Informal Concert Information

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. An audiotape or CD of concert quality must be provided by the choreographer in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator.

Please submit the Informal Concert Information online by December 15, 2008.

Conference Overview (subject to change)

  • Find the ACDFA East Central Regional Conference CLASS SCHEDULE (revised) here.
  • Find the ADJUDICATION Tech and Performance SCHEDULE (revised) here.
  • Find the INFORMAL CONCERT SCHEDULE(revised) here.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Time Activity
2:00 - 8:00pm Registration (Guzzetta Hall lobby)
7:30 - 9:00pm Social gathering  (Guzzetta Hall lobby)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Time Activity
8:00am Day's Tech begins
8:00am – 5:00pm Registration
9:00 - 10:30am 1st morning class session
10:45am - 12:15pm 2nd morning class session
12:15 - 1:30pm lunch break (on your own)
1:30 - 3:00pm Meet the Adjudicators Panel
3:15 - 4:45pm Afternoon class session
4:45 – 6:00 pm Pizza reception for all conference participants
6:30 – 8:30pm Adjudication concert #1
8:45 – 10:15pm Feedback - Concert #1
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time Activity
8:00am Day's Tech begins
9:00 - 10:30am 1st morning class session
10:45am - 12:15pm 2nd morning class session
10:45am - 12:15pm American Dance Festival auditions
12:15 - 1:30pm lunch break (on your own)
12:15 - 1:00 pre-ordered box lunches available prior to ACDFA gen. mem/ regional
meeting attendees (pre-order required)
1:00 - 2:30pm ACDFA General Membership  and Regional Meeting
1:30 - 3:00pm 1st afternoon class session
3:15 - 4:45pm 2nd afternoon class session
5:00 – 6:15pm Informal concert #1
6:30 – 8:30pm Adjudication concert #2
8:45 – 10:15pm Feedback - Concert #2
Friday, March 20, 2009
Time Activity
8:00am Day's Tech begins
9:00 - 10:30am 1st morning class session
10:45 - 12:15pm 2nd morning class session
12:15 - 1:30pm lunch break (on your own)
1:30 - 3:30pm Adjudication concert #3
3:45 – 5:15pm Feedback - Concert #3
3:45 - 5:15pm Afternoon class session
6:30 – 8:30pm Adjudication concert #4
8:45 – 10:15pm Feedback - Concert #4
10:15 - midnight Student social event
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time Activity
8:00am Gala Tech begins
9:00 - 10:30am 1st morning class session
10:45am - 12:15pm 2nd morning class session
10:45am - 12:15pm Adjudicators' master classes
12: 15 - 1:30pm lunch break (on your own)
1:30 - 3:00pm 1st afternoon class session
3:15 – 4:45pm 2nd afternoon class session
3:15 - 4:30pm Informal concert #2
6:30 – 7:30pm Faculty reception
8:00 – 10:00pm Gala

Forms–teacher, musician, program information

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 for completed program information is December 15, 2008.



Teacher Interest

Please share your talent and expertise! We invite you to complete the online Teacher Interest form if you or your colleagues have an interest in teaching at the ACDFA East Central Region Conference to be held at The University of Akron, March 18-21, 2009. The form allows you to submit up to three different classes, workshops, or panels. We appreciate your willingness to share your expertise at the conference, and we will contact you shortly after the submission deadline regarding selections. We will do our best to include all submissions, though we may not be able to involve all who are interested. 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 for return of completed forms: December 1, 2008

Call for Musicians

In anticipation of the East-Central Region Conference we invite your most skilled musicians to participate, accompanying a few classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $30.00 per class. Interaction among musicians will help to make very memorable master classes. 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 for return of completed forms in December 1, 2008.


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

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. Waivers may be returned via fax (330.972.7892) or postal service

Forms to be submitted online (located in the registration pages under Agenda):
  • Teacher Interest Form
  • Call for Musicians
  • Adjudication Program Information
  • Informal Concert Information
Forms to be returned via fax or mail:
  • Liability Waiver (Word, PDF)
  • Video Waiver (Will be sent to you via email)

Contact Information

  • Frances Donatelli
    Phone: (330) 972-7948
    Email: akron-acdfa@uakron.edu
    Fax: (330) 972-7892

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to "The University of Akron".

    Send payment to:
    The University of Akron
    Attn: Frances Donatelli
    School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
    Akron, OH 44325-1005