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Saturday, March 19, 2016

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

Congratulations to all!

2016 North Central ACDA National Festival Selections:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 North Central ACDA Gala Concert Selections 

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

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

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


 Registration & Cancellation Fees per Registrant
through Dec. 15
after Dec. 15
   Faculty or Student of
   ACDA Member School 
  $120.00  $145.00
  ACDA Individual Member  
  $120.00 $145.00
  Faculty or Student of
  Non-Member School

  Non-Member Individual  $145.00
 Cancellation Fee on each registrant cancelled prior to full payment

Conference registration includes:
          • Classes, workshops, panels
          • Adjudication Concerts
          • Feedback Sessions 
          • Informal Concerts
          • Gala Concert
          • Opening Night Concert
          • Conference Receptions

    Adjudication Fees

             $150 per dance.  Maximum of two dances may be adjudicated.

       Please note that adjudication fees have increased for 2016 conferences.       

    ACDA Membership Fees
     ACDA MEMBERSHIP received

    postmarked by
     Sept. 30
    after Sept. 30
     Institutional Membership (2 conference years)

     $350.00 $375.00 
     Individual Membership (1 year) 

          $ 50.00      $ 50.00

    Institutional Membership support your attendance at regional conferences for two years.
    Institutional Membership is required for all groups who wish to have work(s) adjudicated at the conference.
    A one-year Individual Member may attend the conference at the discounted member rate.  An Individual Member is not eligible to have works adjudicated at the conference.
    Membership forms are available at www.ACDA.dance. To become a new member of ACDA or renew your membership, send membership dues directly to:
    American College Dance Association
    326 N. Stonestreet Ave., Suite 204
    Rockville, MD  20850

    • Do not send conference registration fees to the ACDA national office •
    • ACDA accepts checks only.  No credit cards •
    • There are no refunds on Membership Dues. •

      In-Region ACDA Member Registration Opens:
    Oct. 14, 2015
      All ACDA Member Registration Opens:
    Oct. 21, 2015
      Registration Cap (students per school) Lifted
    Oct. 28, 2015
      Registration--no restrictions:
    Nov. 4, 2015
     Payment or Proof of Intention to Pay
    no later than two weeks  after initial registration 
     Early Registration Period Ends
     Registration Fees Increase
    Dec. 15, 2015
    Registrant, adjudication and informal concert
      spots may be released if payment has not been received by deadline in order to accommodate those on the waitlist.
     Dec. 15, 2015
      Teacher Proposals (online):
      Dec. 15, 2015
      Musician Information (online):
     Jan. 15, 2016
      Adjudication Program Information (online):
     Jan. 15, 2016
      Informal Concert Program Information (online): 
    Jan. 15, 2016
      Technical Information deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

    If you are not currently an ACDA member but plan to become a new member or renew your membership, you must inform the national office by emailing info@acda.dance or calling 240.428.1736.  You will then receive the invitation code enabling you to register as a member.  Your membership dues must be sent to the ACDA national office as soon as possible (Click here for ACDA membership information).


    The conference will be filled on a first-paid/first-registered basis.
    Registration is not complete until full payment is received.

    In all cases, full payment must be received by conference deadline.
    (see deadlines above)

    To hold your registration slots until the full payment deadline, payment or
    proof of intention to pay must be received within two weeks of submitting
    your online registration.

    (A purchase order number or documentation of an official request to
    make payment is acceptable as proof of intention to pay.)

    There are no refunds on paid registrations.

     All of the above applies to both participant and adjudication slots.

    A $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each cancelled unpaid registration.

    ACDA and Conference Coordinators are dedicated to providing requested special accommodations for any student or faculty member attending a conference.  In order to facilitate accommodations, ACDA requires that faculty reps contact the Conference Coordinator at least 60 days prior to the start of the conference to discuss potential accommodation needs.

    1. Only ACDA Institutional Members in good standing are eligible for adjudication.  Membership dues are payable to ACDA and sent to the National Office.  See current Membership Information on the ACDA website (www.ACDA.dance) or contact the ACDA National Office at (240) 428-1736 or info@ACDA.dance.

    2. No more than two works from any institution may be adjudicated in a fiscal year. An adjudication fee will be charged for each piece. Once a work has been adjudicated, it cannot be submitted for adjudication at any other Conference during the same fiscal year. Adjudicated works that are not accepted for the Gala Concert in one fiscal year may be reworked for adjudication in subsequent fiscal years. However, once a work has been accepted for a Gala Concert performance, it may not be resubmitted for adjudication by the same institution.

    3. A student, faculty member, or guest artist may choreograph a work presented for adjudication in any idiom; however, only students may perform. Anyone seen by the audience is a performer.

      Definition of a student:
      A student is one who is officially declared by the Institutional Member as meeting one of the following criteria during the academic year in which the work is adjudicated:

       (1)      A candidate seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate, full or part-time, or if not seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate, having an equivalent focus and track of study as determined by the institution is considered a student.
       2)      If an individual had student status in the semester prior to a Conference, that person may be considered a student at the Conference.
      (3)      A high school student registered and paying for college classes and considered by an institution to be participating in its program may perform in an Adjudication Concert.
    4. Students may only register and perform with one institution per conference, except in the case of institutions that share an official administrative structure.

    5. If two works are submitted for adjudication, a student must have choreographed at least one of the works.

    6. The maximum time for each work presented for adjudication is 12 minutes.
      • The burden of meeting the time requirement rests with the choreographer.  ACDA recommends that the choreographer allow a time margin within the 12-minute limit for technical errors or individual theater peculiarities.
      • The work will be timed in performance and 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.  A curtain rising with no perceptible light, sound, or movement does not trigger the start of timing.
      • The work ends when all perceived elements of choreographic choice have been diminished (no lights, no sound, no movement).
      • Bows are not included in the 12 minute time limit unless they are required as part of the work by the choreographer.
      • Adjudication Concerts generally do not include bows.  If there is no Gala Concert, bows during Adjudication Concerts are at the discretion of the Host Institution
      • The production crew may alert a school if a work is running close to or over 12 minutes during tech rehearsal. In no circumstance will the production crew be responsible for keeping the work within 12 minutes.
      • If a work goes over 12 minutes, it is ineligible for the gala and consequently ineligible for the National Festival. It will, however, continue through the adjudication process with feedback from the adjudicators.
      • It is the responsibility of the ACDA Executive Committee representative to enforce the time limit and to communicate with the faculty or staff member from the presenting institution as to the ineligibility of any particular work.
      • The 12-minute time limit will be observed even if there is no Gala Concert scheduled during a non-National Festival year.

    7. It is the responsibility of each school to obtain and secure all appropriate and necessary licenses and permissions prior to bringing any works to Regional Conferences and National Festivals for performance.

    8. Institutions that will not be available to participate in the Gala Concert (e.g., leaving the Conference early, dancer injury, etc.) will receive adjudication feedback but are not eligible for consideration for Gala selection.  Institutions in this situation must notify the Conference Coordinator and ACDA Executive Committee representative prior to the Gala selection. The ACDA Executive Committee representative will inform the adjudicators of the titles of any works not to be considered for the Gala.

    9. If an institution chooses to bring a work choreographed by a Conference adjudicator, that work may not be considered for the Gala Concert.  Feedback will be given only for performance.  The Conference Coordinator, upon receiving the program information from the Institutional Members, will notify any Institution planning on bringing an adjudicator-choreographed work to the Conference of this policy immediately. Should the Institution still choose to bring the aforementioned work, the Conference Coordinator will inform the Executive Committee representative attending the Conference as soon as possible. The ACDA Executive Committee representative will assure that all adjudicators are informed of this policy prior to the Adjudication Concert.

    10. A faculty or staff member must accompany the students throughout the adjudication process.

    11. No attempt is made either during the adjudication process or in the selection of works for the Gala Concert to classify or equate college dance programs. All works presented for adjudication will be evaluated in terms of performance and choreography.

    12. All dances will be given the same amount of time for technical rehearsals. The minimum amount of time is 15 minutes, while some conference schedules allow for a few extra minutes.  The technical rehearsals for these concerts are always very tightly scheduled.  Schools are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled  time to receive instruction about how the rehearsal will proceed as well as other pertinent information particular to the Host Institution.  Schools that miss their technical rehearsal must contact the Conference Coordinator immediately; the Conference Coordinator will contact the Executive Committee representative.  Tech directors and their crews do not have the authority or obligation to re-schedule technical rehearsals.  Schools that miss their technical rehearsal should expect only lights up and lights down cues for the performance, or their previously loaded cues if they were sent in advance.  The Conference Coordinator and Technical Director are under no obligation to provide an alternate technical rehearsal or performance time to accommodate institutions that miss their scheduled technical rehearsal.

    13. Please check the conference website for stage dimensions and rehearse within those limitations so as to avoid injury to dancers and/or damage to the theater.

    14. Conference participants (faculty and students) shall not attempt to engage adjudicators in any conversation pertaining to Conference participants, choreography or attending institutions.  Questions concerning the adjudication process must be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Regional Director and/or ACDA Executive Committee representative.

    15. A sound recording (when applicable) of concert quality to accompany the dance will be provided by the choreographer for the performance in the format specified by the Conference Coordinator. Should the music or sound score be performed live, only student musicians may be visible to the audience (i.e., non-student musicians must be offstage or in a lowered orchestra pit).

    16. All Conference participants must be prepared to work within the technological capabilities and all other limitations stated by the Host Institution. If acceptable to the Conference Coordinator, video or other technology or scenic elements may be used, but all works presented for adjudication must contain a live dance performance element.

    17. Each participating Institution is responsible for submitting required technical information. Some Host Institutions prefer to pre-set the lighting cues. Institutions that do not submit the required technical information or contact the Host Institution’s Technical Director by the posted deadline are not guaranteed that all lighting cues will be ready for the attending institution’s designated technical rehearsal.  Attending institutions in this situation can opt to select a general warm or cool look or, provided the TD has been contacted and approves, use their technical rehearsal to develop additional cues.  In this case, attending institutions may not have time to run their dances fully.

    18. Each participating institution is responsible for submitting required program information in a timely manner. Institutions that do not submit program information by the posted deadline may expect their program information to read: "Information not submitted."

    19. All Conference participants must be officially registered at the Conference and are encouraged to participate fully in Conference events.

    20. The ACDA Executive Committee representative must approve cast replacements for works accepted for the Gala Concert and the adjudicators must be informed prior to the Gala performance.

    21. Gala Concerts are recorded for archival purposes, documentation and programming for the American College Dance Association National Festivals. The recordings are housed in the ACDA archives at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Neither ACDA nor the Host Institution is required to duplicate the archival videos for individuals or institutions.  It is highly recommended that each choreographer document her/his dance prior to the Regional Conferences.

    22. Members are not restricted to participation exclusively or solely in their own geographic area and may participate in one or more Regional Conferences each year.  While members may participate in more than one Conference, only two (2) dances per school may be adjudicated in any single fiscal year, at least one of which must be choreographed by a student.

    Download Adjudication Policies.
    Admittance into the conference classes, workshops, and presentations will be on a first come-first served basis. Each classroom will have a participant cap and door monitors will be at each location to check in and monitor room capacity.

    Initial Registration & How to Update


    Registration procedures have changed for all those registering prior to November 4, 2015.  Registration will be a two-step process.

    • Step One will collect participant information and reserve adjudication and informal concert slots. 
    Each registrant will have to be entered separately but questions on program information, teaching proposals and other detailed information will not be requested.
    • Step Two will collect detailed information.  Step Two opens November 4th.


    Registering prior to November 4th?  Click on Instructions for Initial Registration Prior to Nov. 4, 2015

    Registering November 4th or later?  Click on Instructions for Registration Nov. 4, 2015 & After

    For a list of the detailed information that will be needed to complete registration, click on Preparing to Submit Detailed Program, Teaching and Additional Information

    For all groups, a Faculty Representative or ACDA Board Member serving as Faculty Rep. should be the first person to register. (More information on Group Registrations below.)

    To begin registering you will need to provide an email address and a password.  Use a new password for each new conference.  DO NOT USE A PASSWORD FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR.

    To simplify the registration process, the Faculty Representative should enter his/her own email for all registrants, with the exception of additional faculty.

    We recommend that the Faculty Representative enter a generic password, as others in your group may need to use it.  For example, other faculty members may need to access the system to fill out the Teacher Interest Form.  Use the same password for all registrants.   DO NOT USE A PASSWORD FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR.

    You have the option of entering a second email.  All confirmations will automatically go to both emails.  (For schools that have a student representative handling details for the conference, using the second email address is a good option.)

    Proceed through all registration pages to complete registration.  Read each item carefully.  Checking boxes for participation will open additional fields.

    In order to save any information that has been entered, you must “CONTINUE” to the last page and click on “FINISH.” If you do NOT proceed through all the pages and click on “FINISH” at the end, information you have entered will NOT be saved.

    NOTE:  If you make an error in the process of going through the registration pages, do not use the “back” button as it may corrupt information. You will have an opportunity to correct information before completing registration or you may close the registration before completing and start over.

    Your information has been entered and saved when you see the words on the Confirmation Page “YOUR REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE.

    Please enter only as many people in your group as you are committed to bringing to the conference.  A $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed on each cancelled unpaid registrant. You may add registrants at a later date if there are registration slots available.  There are no refunds on paid registrations.  If you cancel a paid registrant, you will not receive a refund.  You may, however, change (substitute) the names of the registrants with no additional fees.
    How to Re-Enter Your Exiting Registration in Order to:
    o    Submit Program, Teacher, Musician, Student Research, etc. Information
    o    Substitute Participant Names
    o    Make any changes/additions needed
    After the initial registration, one may re-enter the system to update information.
    1. Click on “REGISTER NOW” on the conference website information pages to re-enter the online registration system.

    2. Click on “view or change your existing registration” Use the FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE or ACDA BOARD MEMBER SERVING AS THE FACULTY REP'S email address and password.
    Read Updating Existing Registrations for step by step directions on how to view information already submitted and how to make additions and changes to your registration.

    The Faculty Representative (or ACDA Board Member serving as the Faculty Rep) must re-enter the system to substitute registrants; submit program information, teacher forms, musician forms; and to update participant information, arrival times, etc.
    Information should be submitted by the Faculty Representative or the individual Faculty member.  If the Faculty member is submitting his/her own information, obtain the email address and password from the Faculty Representative and read Updating Existing Registrations.
    Information should be submitted by the Faculty Representative or the individual Musician.  If the Musician is submitting his/her own information, obtain the username and password from the Faculty Representative and read Updating Existing Registrations.
    If you experience problems with online registration, contact the ACDA national office (info@ACDA.dance or 240.428.1736) or your conference coordinator.

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    Contact Information

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

    Payment Instructions

    • Payment may be made with checks or purchase orders.

      All checks should be payable to:

      UWSP Department of Theatre & Dance

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

      UWSP Federal Tax ID # 39-1805963

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