2012 ACDFA North-Central Conference

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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2012 ACDFA North-Central Conference
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - Sunday, April 01, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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(Videos of individual pieces are only available for purchase by the piece's choreographer or authorized faculty representative.)

National Festival Selections

Elephant in the Room
Hamline University
Choreographer: Crystal Runk (guest artist)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Choreographer: Daniel Stark (faculty)

Lost Lullabies
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Choreographer: Carl Flink (faculty)

Alternate: Temporarily Forever
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Choreographer: Hilary Anderson (undergraduate)

Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to the conference!


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department is pleased to host the American College Dance Festival Association's North Central Conference, March 28 - April 1, in Madison, WI. We look forward to sharing educational and artistic experiences with you in Lathrop Hall. Built as an "activity space" for women in 1910, Lathrop is the site where, in 1926, Margaret H'Doubler initiated the first Dance major program in the United States. We also look forward to sharing performances with you in the 1300-seat premiere venue the Wisconsin Union Theater, whose autograph book includes the signatures of Fritz Kreisler, Ella Fitzgerald, Itzhak Perlman, John F. Kennedy, Jascha Heifetz, Louis Armstrong, and Martha Graham. The history and scale of these facilities make them appropriate settings for what we hope will be a fulfilling, rich, and diverse celebration of dance in higher education.


in sight, in site, in cite: action is change, the theme of the conference, emerges from the recent political activity in Madison and its reverberations throughout the nation. In spring 2011, thousands of protestors and counter-protestors poured into Madison’s center square and filled the state capitol. Regardless of our individual politics, as dance artists, teachers, and scholars, we in the UW-Madison Dance Department were struck anew by the forceful potential of physical presence, by the power of bodies coming together and rallying for a cause. In the wake of these events, we want our conference to emphasize the moving body as an agent for change and the dance artist as activist.
in sight – Performing, practicing, and watching dance transform the ways we see and understand the world. They also grant us means for picturing and creating new worlds and sharing those visions with others.

in site – All dance exists within a context. Movement develops form and meaning through its placement within various frames: culture, history, physicality, politics, aesthetics, and genre among many others.  But, dance also offers a means of pushing against those frames, of stretching the boundaries of circumstance and convention. The place of dance is everywhere. It extends far beyond the conventional studio and black box, both in its impact and its practice, be it site-specific performance, screen dance, social dance, street dance, or something else entirely.

in cite – Dance has the power to move us. As viewers, movers, creators, citizens, and people, the experience of dance can deliver a call to action. It pushes us physically, intellectually, artistically, socially, politically, and culturally.

In short, the theme emphasizes the vitality and importance of dance as it impacts how we perceive, interpret, negotiate, connect with, and continue to create our world. It befits the educational goals and community-building we all engage with as proponents and practitioners of dance within colleges and universities.

In addition to conventional ACDFA regional conference events, we are currently developing a number of special events designed to explore and expand upon the conference's theme. These include screendance viewings, sight-specific performance, student research presentations, and a student caucus. Please watch for announcements and updates regarding these exciting components of our conference.


The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDFA conference.  Below, you will find information about our three esteemed adjudicators: Elizabeth GillaspyJoe Goode, and  Makeda Thomas. We hope you will join us on the evening of Wednesday March 28, when the adjudicators will introduce themselves formally and speak briefly about their approaches to dance and the adjudication process.
We anticipate an enthusiastic response to our conference and our space is limited.  Please note that registration begins for in-region members on Monday, October 3rd and for all regions, members and non-members, on Monday, October 17th. Our maximum capacity is 500 registrants and 48 adjudicated dances.  We will register participants on a first paid-first registered basis. When we reach maximum capacity (possibly well before the posted deadline), we will be unable to accept additional participants. Please plan to register and to pay early. Conferences often fill before the closing deadline.
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 discussions and/or lectures. We would like to encourage all institutional 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, 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.
If you are interested in the adjudication process, please refer to the Adjudication Policies. If you choose to adjudicate two pieces, 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. Pieces will be accepted for adjudication, like registration, on a first paid-first accepted basis. Please remember that you must be an ACDFA institutional member in good standing to qualify for adjudication.
For those of you who will be first-time visitors to Madison, please find more information in our travel section. The city has much to offer in addition to our conference: Wisconsin's State Capitol Building; two art museums free and open to the public, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) and the UW's Chazen Museum of Art; and a host of shops and restaurants on State Street. Downtown Madison is extraordinarily pedestrian friendly. Staying in one of the hotels with whom we have contracted conference rates, you'll be able to walk to all of these sites and all conference locations.

All of us at UW-Madison Dance look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Li Chiao-Ping
ACDFA North Central Conference Coordinator

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Elizabeth Gillaspy began her ballet training in Germany and continued her studies as a Nancy Reynolds Scholarship recipient at North Carolina School of the Arts and on full scholarship at American Ballet Theater School.  Her eclectic performance background includes dancing and touring with Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Chamber Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, Casa Mañana, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth in repertoire ranging from Swan Lake, Cinderella, Carmina Burana, Les Sylphides, Coppélia and Nutcracker to Brigadoon, Hello, Dolly and Guys and Dolls.  She has also performed as a solo contemporary guest artist and served as rehearsal director/ballet mistress for choreographers Fernando Bujones, David Hochoy, Susan Jaffe, Jessica Lang, John McFall and Raymond van Mason.  As a choreographer, her work has been performed nationally and internationally, from Japan and Taiwan to throughout the USA.  She has created for Orlando Ballet (FL, Bujones), Ishihara Ballet (Japan), The International Ballet Competition (MS), Youth America Grand Prix (NY), as well as for numerous solo artists, schools, professional and regional companies, and choreographic showcases.  She remains fascinated by and committed to the investigation of ballet as a vital and contemporary medium of artistic expression and has recently launched her own project-based company, Nymbal–new ballet.  Critics have noted her work as “complex”, “fascinating”, “poetic” and “skillfully structured”. She holds her MFA and serves as Associate Professor of Ballet in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU, the first university in the USA to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet. (Photo by Leslie Scott.)

Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. Goode has twice been awarded the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for choreography as well as receiving the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008. His performance-installation works for Joe Goode Performance Group have been commissioned by the Fowler Museum of Natural History, the Krannert Art Museum, the Capp Street Project, the M.H. de Young Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His 2009 creation, Traveling Light, a site-specific installation at the Old San Francisco Mint, was reprised for an impressive four-week run in 2010. Goode is a professor at UC Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, where he teaches interdisciplinary performance and choreography. Joe Goode Performance Group's innovative form of dance theater is accessible, personal, and explores unabashed emotional terrain with humor and honesty. Using text, voice, and high velocity movement, JGPG blurs the line between theater and dance to make work that is thoughtful, groundbreaking, and deeply felt. The company has made over 25 works since its inception in 1986, and has a devoted following in its home city of San Francisco. While maintaining a robust touring schedule domestically, the company has also performed in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. Joe Goode Performance Group has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, SF Arts Commission, and the California Arts Council, as well as receiving the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for choreography and performance and the New York Dance and Performance Award for choreography. Additionally, JGPG recently acquired a new home in San Francisco's Mission District, where it expects to continue building improvements and host new educational and small performance programming throughout the year.

Makeda Thomas is a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director who creates new dance works through collaboration with artists around the world. Thomas is from Trinidad & Tobago and has presented work at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Dance Theater Workshop, and Symphony Space in New York City, Brooklyn Academy of Music, BRIC Arts|Media|Brooklyn, the Chicago Women's Performance Arts Festival, Maputo's Teatro Africa, Port of Spain's Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Queen's Hall, Zimbabwe's 7 Arts Centre, Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall, Southern Theater in Minneapolis, Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico, and as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation and received awards from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the United States Embassy, Puffin Foundation, NYS Council on the Arts, Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Arts International, Yellowfox, and the National AIDS Council of Moçambique. Thomas has been a Visiting Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Minnesota, Long Island University, Hofstra University, Hollins University, Florida Memorial University, University of the West Indies, and University of Hawaii. Thomas has conducted independent projects and research in South Africa, Argentina, The Netherlands and taught at American Dance Festival, The Dalton School, Arts in Education Institute of Western NY, and NYC Dept. of Education. In 2010, she developed The Dance & Performance Institute — an international community of dance and performance artists, a forum for exchange, and a series of programs on contemporary dance and performance.  As a dancer, Thomas has performed internationally in the companies of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, URBAN BUSH WOMEN, and Rennie Harris/ Puremovement in Facing Mekka, said by the Los Angeles Times to be ‘arguably the greatest tribute to black womanhood since Alvin Ailey’s “Cry.”’ Thomas has also performed as a guest artist with Shani Collins/ETERNAL WORKS, Robin Becker Dance, Lula Washington Dance Theater, and Stephen Koplowitz. She began her study in Brooklyn, New York with Michael Goring and Eleo Pomare, continuing on scholarship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, The Paul Taylor School and Hofstra University where she earned a B.A. in Dance and English. She also holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. Thomas continues to create and perform internationally, while living in New York City and Port of Spain. (Photo by Isis Thomas.)


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.
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 ACDFA website.
Please download Adjudication Policies for your reference.

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All groups and individuals registered fro 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. ACDFA 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 the January 6, 2012.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

The following schedules will be posted as they become available:

        Class Schedule
        Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios
        Adjudication Schedule
        Tech Schedule
        Informal Concert Schedule


  3:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Registration                                                            
  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Welcome Event with  Adjudicators' Panel
  Presentation & Reception  


  9:00 am - 5:00 pm     
  8:00 am - 4:45 pm   Classes & Presentations
  11:00 am   Adjudication Concert #1
   5:00 pm    Cycropia - Site-specific Performance at Chazen Museum
  5:30 pm   Adjudication Concert #2
  8:00 pm   Student Pizza Party & Raging Improv
  Faculty Dinner  

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

   8:00 am - 6:30 pm         
  Classes & Presentations
   11:00 am - Noon    ACDFA Membership Meeting
   12:45 pm   Adjudication Concert #3
   8:00 pm   Adjudication Concert #4                           


  8:00am - 6:30 pm    Classes & Presentations
  12:45 pm    Adjudication Concert #5                                         
  3:15 pm    Informal Concert A
  8:15 pm    Faculty Concert

  8:00 am - 12:30 pm   Classes & Presentations
  8:00 am - 12:30 pm    Gala Tech Rehearsals                                               
  11:00 am   Informal Concert B
  2:00 pm   Gala Concert

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FORMS TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE (under "Online Forms" in the registration pages):
It is not necessary to complete all online forms at the time of your initial registration for the conference.  You may return to your registration to add or update information.  Please honor all 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 is January 9, 2011.
The Adjudication Program Information Form will be visible only to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and ACDFA Board Members.

The Informal Concert Program Information Form will be visible to the Faculty Representative for ACDFA Institutional Members and Non-Members, ACDFA Board Members and Individual registrants.
  • Faculty Concert
All faculty registered for the conference are invited to propose a performance for inclusion in the Faculty Concert. The Faculty Concert is designed to showcase faculty performance and creative research with rofessional colleagues but will also be open to the public. The concert will be curated by conference organizers, and the conference may not be able to accept all proposals. Work somehow related to the conference themes is especially encouraged; however, proposals are not required to have any connection with the theme. The proposed performance should be 10 minutes or less.

All faculty members will be able to access the online proposal form.

Preliminary information, including a description of the piece, a video of the work, and the number of performers, must be submitted by December 9, 2011. The video may be submitted as a dvd or link to online video. Complete program info for faculty concert selections is due on January 9.
  • Teacher Interest
Teachers are encouraged to propose classes/workshops, research presentations and panel topics to enhance diversity and the breath of class offerings.

The online Teacher Interest Form allows faculty members and graduate students to submit up to three different classes/workshops, research presentations and/or panels. 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.

The Teacher Interest Form will be visible to all faculty members and to graduate student registrants during their registration process.

Deadline for submission is December 9, 2011.

  • Call for Musicians
We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying classes in exchange for conference registration. 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. The form is visible only to those registering as Musicians.

Deadline for submission is December 9, 2011.

  • Student Research Presentation
There will be an opportunity for students to present research. The Faculty Representative may submit information on behalf of the student(s).

Deadline for submission is January 9, 2012.


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.
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed in Adjudication Concerts, Faculty Concert, and Gala Concert must complete and return a signed Video Waiver. Please note that videos are for archival purposes with the following exception. It is our intention to make copies available for sale to the artist or school who created the work. A school or choreographer can only purchase a video of their piece(s). Copies of the concert as a whole will NOT be available: only videos of individual pieces will be available, and they will only be sold to the artists (and affiliated institutions) who created the work.

Return the Liability & Video Waivers via FAX or postal service or scan and send via email.


The 2012 National College Dance Festival will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 25-27, 2012. The National Festival, a biennial event, showcases on the national level the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses.  Dances are selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit.  Approximately 33 schools from around the country will be invited to perform in one of the three gala concerts. 
The total number of dances adjudicated at each conference determines the number of dances selected from that conference.  Adjudicators select dances for the National Festival after viewing the regional gala concert.  The same anonymity policies apply to the National Festival selection as apply to the regional gala selection.  Dances for the National Festival are selected from the gala concert program. Only one dance from a school may be selected for the National Festival, even if that school had two dances in the regional gala.

All ACDFA member institutions are invited to attend the Festival. 

Click here to download National Festival Policies. For more information on the National Festival, check the ACDFA website (www.acdfa.org) or contact Diane DeFries at acdfa@verizon.net.
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Payment Instructions

  • Payment may be made by check or credit card.

    All checks should be made payable to UW Dance Department. Send checks to:

    UW-Madison Dance Department
    Attn: ACDFA
    125 Lathrop Hall
    1050 University Avenue
    Madison, Wisconsin 53706
    United States

    Federal ID # 39-1805963
    Seller's Permit # 456-1020421203-03

ACDFA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:
ACDFA Lifetime Members: Judy Allen, Jean Baxter, Jeanne Beaman, B.J. Bray, Mary Cochran, Abby Fiat, Barry Fischer, Lonny Gordon, Luke Kahlich, Joanne Lawrence, Paula Levine, Rhythm McCarthy, Ann Sanders, Russell Sandifer, Brent Schneider, Dorothy Silver (deceased), Jan Simonds, and Alcine Wiltz.