2012 ACDFA Southeast Conference

Albany, GA
Saturday, March 31, 2012


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2012 ACDFA Southeast Conference
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Darton College
Dance Department
2400 Gillionville Road
Albany, GA 31707

Map and Directions
SE Conference National Selections
"Hearts of Sheep"

Alternate piece:
"Narratives of a Negress"

AS OF 10:55AM, OCT. 17TH


We will be accepting registrations only from member schools in the Southeast region through October 16th.

  Payment or proof of intention to pay must be received within two weeks of your registration to hold registration slot.
Full payment must be received no later than January 6th, 2012.

An email with an invitation code will be sent to all current members by September 26th.  If you are currently a member of the Southeast region and did not receive an email with the invitation code or if you are in the process of becoming a member, contact the Conference Coordinator Jennifer La Curan immediately.


OCTOBER 17, 2011 AT 10:00AM


Darton College cordially invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Festival Association's Southeast Conference, March 31 through April 3, in Albany, Georgia.  We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and information concerts, feedback sessions and a Gala Concert. 
The opportunity to receive feedback on choreography and performance is integral to every ACDFA conference.  We have arranged to have three dynamic and highly respected adjudicators: Gesel Mason, James Martin and JoAnna Mendl Shaw.  We are also honored to have Lauri Stallings as our guest teacher.
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 3, and for all regions, members, and non-members on Monday, October 17.   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.
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.  You need not be an ACDFA member to attend the conference, although only institutional members may participate in the adjudication process.  Additionally, members pay a discounted registration fee.  If you have not yet joined ACDFA, we urge you to do so to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs.

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 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, 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.
A great deal of initial planning for our Southeast Conference has already occurred.  If you would like to participate, please register online once registration opens and send in payment or proof of intention to pay within two weeks and full payment by our deadline of January 6th, 2012.  It is critical that you adhere to the above deadlines to reserve your registration spots.
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 our area, Albany offers visitors the ideal getaway.  Experience the great outdoors, walk through history, and spoil yourself with true southern hospitality in Southwest Georgia.  Relax, have fun, and enjoy genuine southern charm.  From first class accommodations to award-winning museums and attractions to the finest restaurants in Southwest Georgia, you’ll find it all in Albany!  For More Information About Albany, GA! 

All of us at Darton College look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Jennifer La Curan
ACDFA Southeast Conference Coordinator

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GESEL MASON is co-founder of Mason/Rhynes Productions and Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects. Ms. Mason has performed with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, under the direction of Jacek Luminski, and Chuck Davis, and as a company member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects. Ms. Mason’s solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, includes the work of Robert Battle, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, Andrea Woods, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. It received a National Dance Project Tour Only Grant for 2008/09 season from New England Foundation for the Arts, two Metro DC Dance Awards in 2007, and was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Performance Network Creation Fund. Ms. Mason was selected Emerging Choreographer by the Bates Dance Festival, received a 2007 Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in 2009 was awarded University of Utah’s first Distinguished Alumna Award in Fine Arts and the Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She has been Visiting Artist at Texas Women’s University, Columbia College, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Mason’s choreography has been her work presented by numerous venues and festivals including Joyce SoHo, 651 Arts, South Dallas Cultural Center, Painted Bride, Dance Place, the International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland, DanceAfrica, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. Her new project Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like A Ho, Sometimes You Don’t is commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD, and will premiere in its evening length debut March 25-27, 2010 at the Kogod Theatre.

JAMES MARTIN is currently Associate Arts Professor and Associate Chair of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1990. He has danced with Gus Solomons jr, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company, Donald Byrd/ The Group, Jamie Cunningham and Tina Croll, Heidi Latsky, The New York Baroque Dance Company, Connecticut Ballet Company, and Martha Bowers Dance Theater Etc. among others. Mr. Martin has taught at many schools and festivals world wide including the Mark Morris Monnaie Dance Group in Brussels, the Ballet Academy of Stockholm, the Dansen Hus in Copenhagen, the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Bat Dor School in Tel Aviv, the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan, the American Dance Festival, the White Mountain Dance Festival, Wesleyan University, and Tulane University. His choreography has been produced in New York City by P.S. 122 (New Stuff), Ballet Builders/New Choreographers on Point, St. Mark’s Danspace Project (Food for Thought), 92nd Street Y, and The Soho Arts Festival at Dia Center for the Arts. His work has also been commissioned by The Connecticut Ballet Company, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Wesleyan University, Bat Dor Summer Workshop, White Mountain Dance Festival, the Atlantic Dance Theater, Tulane University, The New Dance Collective, Princeton University and the Pittsburgh based company Bodiography.

New York-based dance choreographer JOANNA MENDL SHAW established her career in the Pacific Northwest, where she founded and directed a large professional dance company, taught on the faculty at the University of Washington and Cornish College and played a leadership role in arts advocacy for the Northwest. Relocating to New York in 1991, Shaw has national gained recognition for her large-scale site specific works and collaborative projects with athletes. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, Shaw has choreographed for ice dancers, in-line skaters, gymnasts and equestrians. Her dance work has been presented at numerous NYC venues and commissioned by dance companies throughout the States and in Europe. In 1998 Shaw launched The Equus Projects, a performance company that merges dance and equestrian artistry. The company has created large commissioned works for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, Saratoga Arts Festival, NYC River to River Festival  and Heifetz International Music Festival. Shaw currently teaches in New York City, serving on the faculty at The Juilliard School and in the Ailey /Fordham BFA program. She has taught at Tisch/New York University, Montclair State University and Mount Holyoke College. International teaching and choreographic commissioned include residencies in Hungary, Japan, Korea, Canada, Yugoslavia, Scotland, Wales and coaching and teaching for the Swiss Gymnastic Federation. Shaw holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Movement Analyst in the Laban/Bartenieff work.


Lauri Stallings is a contemporary dancemaker interested in the research of dance and its adherent ability to develop human potential. Unlike most professional dancers, Stallings did not attend a professional school affiliated with a company. Rather, her formal studies were at Pofahl Studios in her hometown of Gainesville, Florida, followed by Point Park University in Pittsburgh, under the tutelage of Roberto Munoz.

Stallings began her performance career at Cleveland San José Ballet, devoting her early stages to the classical and neo-classical works of Petipa, Balanchine, Fokine and Bournonville. She broadened her performance repertoire at BalletMet and most notably in Canada’s Ballet British Columbia, where she performed creations by contemporary choreographers Mark Godden, James Kudelka, Serge Bennethen and Jean Grande Maitre, to name a few. At Ballet BC, under the auspicious direction of John Alleyne, Stallings was presented with her first occasion to choreograph--a solo in BBC’s “Boy Wonder.” Canada’s Globe & Mail called it "dazzling."

In just three seasons as a full time dancemaker, Stallings has compiled a substantial body of work. Commissions include American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Julliard, Vail International Dance Festival and Atlanta Ballet, where as part of a three-year choreographic residency, Lauri created two full lengths, two repertory works and four site-specific works. Commissioned works also include American Ballet Theatre 2, The Dutch National Ballet Project, American Repertory Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, SUNY/Purchase, Hong Kong Dance Festival, Inwood Dance and her alma mater of Point Park University.

Stallings’ work explores connections of emotion and form through highly physical and emotional essays. Several of her works have reflected a creative engagement with other art forms, manifesting rich, stimulating soundscape, curiousity through the use of practical imagery and universal gesture through visceral movement. Such collaborations include musician Howard Levy of Bella Fleck, Videographer Adam Larson, Costume Designer April McCoy, Pittsburgh artist Christo, Tony award winner Howell Binkley and, most notably, Big Boi of the world Hip Hop duo Outkast.

Lauri Stallings is based out of Atlanta with gloATL, an integrated forum of contemporary artists who aim to create language in their respectable artistic forms that is relevant in today's world. In its inaugural season, gloATL has commissioned works in New York City, Chicago and Vancouver, BC. Residencies with gloATL include Kennesaw State University and Inwood Dance.

Independently in the 2009-2010 season, Stallings will create new work for River North Dance Chicago in honor of their 20th anniversary, a one-act work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and a new creation for Ballet Augsburg, Germany. 
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.


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-serve 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.  ACDFA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 10-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 January 20th, 2012.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)


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


    For a full conference overview, click CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.

ACDFA SE Schedule Updated March15.xlsx 
ACDFA SE Tech Times Updated March 5.docx
ACDFA SE Adjudication Concerts Order 2012.docx
ACDFA SE Informal Concerts Show Order.docx
Southeast ACDFA Darton College 2012 Informal Concerts Show Order Updated 3-24.docx

Saturday March 31st, 2012
  8:00am- 6:00pm
  Tech Rehearsals, Concert  A
  6:00pm - 6:45pm
  Meet the Adjudicators
  Adjudication Concert  A
Sunday April 1st, 2012

  8:00am-4:30pm   Classes
 Regional Planning Meeting
 11:30am-1:30pm  Informal Concert A/Lunch    
 3:00pm - 5:00pm
 Feedback Session Concert  A
   8:00am- 6:00pm   Tech Rehearsals, Concert  B
   Adjudication Concert  B                                        

Monday April 2nd, 2012

   9:45am-11:45am    Feedback Session Concert B
   11:30am-1:00pm    Informal Concert B/Lunch                             
 3:00pm - 5:00pm
 Membership Meeting
   Student Dinner Party
   5:00 pm- 6:30pm    Faculty Dinner
 Adjudication Concert C
Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

 8:30am- 10:30am
 Feedback Session Concert C
Gala Selection Announced
  11:00am- 4:30pm
  Tech Gala Rehearsals
  9:00am - 4:00pm   
  12:30pm- 2:30pm
   ADF Audition
   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.
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 December 16th, 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.
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.
            PLEASE NOTE:
The Teacher Interest Form will be visible to all faculty members and to graduate student registrants.
           Deadline for submission is December 16th, 2011.

We invite your most skilled musicians to participate in the conference, accompanying classes in exchange for conference registration and an honorarium of $35 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.

            Musicians should complete the online form.  The form is visible only to those registering as Musicians.

            Deadline for submission is December 16th, 2011.

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


Each conference participant must sign a Liability Waiver. 
Each choreographer or representative of a choreographer (for a guest choreographer) of a dance to be performed at our conference will need to fill out a video waiver form. 

Return the Liability via FAX or postal service.

ACDFA Liability Waiver Darton College 2012
ACDFA Video Waiver Darton College 2012
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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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Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator: 
                 Jennifer LaCurran
    Email:   DartonDance@gmail.com
    Phone:  229-234-7099
    Fax:      229-317-6650 

Payment Instructions

  • All checks should be payable to
      "Darton College"

    Send payment to:
    Darton College Dance Department
    Attn: Jennifer La Curan
    2400 Gillionville Road
    Albany, GA 31763

    Darton College Federal ID # 23 73 20 363

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.