American College Dance Festival Association Conference
The Boston University Dance Program in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is delighted to be hosting the ACDFA New England Regional Conference February 13th - 16th, 2014, for the sixth time since 1992! Continue to check the website for updated details on classes, adjudication, registration. For highlights from our 2010 conference, click here.
Timeline for the 2014 registration openings:
- Wednesday, October 9, 2013: in-region member priority
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013: all regions member priority
- Wednesday, October, 23, 2013: student registration caps lifted, if applicable
- Wednesday, October 30, 2013: open registration, including non-members and second conference registration
If you are a New England region member, you should have received the priority registration code via email on Wednesday, October 2nd. If you did not receive this email, please contact BU Dance.
NEW ENGLAND: February 13-16, 2014
Please visit the conference website for detailed information: www.regonline.com/bu14
915 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Coordinator: Micki Taylor-Pinney
Phone: (617) 353-1597
Fax: (617) 353-5147
At this time, we are planning for the conference to begin at 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, and to conclude with a with a post-gala reception on the afternoon of Sunday, February 16. The exact time frame may vary depending on registration and adjudication numbers. Please note that Monday, February 17 is Presidents' Day.
A detailed conference schedule will be posted as soon as the information is available. Click here for a draft conference schedule.
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: Elizabeth Gillaspy, Doug Nielsen, and Helanius Wilkins.
Photo by Leslie Scott
Elizabeth Gillaspy is a Texas-based choreographer and dance educator whose contemporary ballets have been performed in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria and throughout the USA. Her works have premiered at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater (NY), New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop-NY), TriBeca Arts Center, SUNY-Purchase, Aster Plaza Hall for Dance Gala Hiroshima, Korean Dance Festival in Seoul and at the Moderen Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has choreographed for Orlando Ballet (FL) under the late Fernando Bujones, Ishihara Ballet (Japan), The International Ballet Competition (MS), Youth America Grand Prix (NY), as well as for numerous solo artists, contemporary companies, universities, private schools, regional companies, and showcases. Her ballet training began in Germany and continued at North Carolina School of the Arts and American Ballet Theater School. Equally at home in multiple movement disciplines, her performance experiences include dancing and touring with Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Chamber Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, Casa Mañana Musicals (AEA), Dance Kaleidoscope (IN), and as a freelance solo artist in repertoire that ranges from classical and contemporary ballet and opera ballet to musical theater, modern dance and folk dance. She has served as rehearsal director/ballet master for choreographers Fernando Bujones, David Hochoy, Susan Jaffe, Jessica Lang, and Raymond van Mason. She has taught and adjudicated throughout the USA, Japan, and Taiwan and her classes are often noted for their musicality, clarity, speed, and joie de vivre. As a choreographer, she remains fascinated by and committed to the investigation of ballet as an essential, contemporary medium of artistic expression and in 2010 launched her own project-based company, Nymbal–new ballet. Critics have noted her work as “complex”, “fascinating”, “poetic” and “skillfully structured”. National Dance Association named her outstanding dance educator for college/university in 2006, she received the Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence from TCU in 2007, and she served as President of CORPS de Ballet International from 2008-2010. Elizabeth holds her MFA from and serves as Associate Professor of Ballet in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU in Fort Worth.
Photo by Judy Miller
Douglas Nielsen, Professor and Graduate Advisor at the University of Arizona School of Dance, has been a guest teacher and choreographer at more than 40 universities throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as the Rufus Putnam Professor in residence at Ohio University and as the Sage Cole Chair at the University of Minnesota, and guest faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Former member of the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and Gus Solomons, Pearl Lang, and Paul Sanasardo dance companies in New York, he has performed solo works by Viola Farber, Beverly Blossom, Anna Sokolow, Murray Louis, and Charles Weidman. Douglas began dancing shortly after earning a B.A. in psychology at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He studied dance at the California Institute of the Arts in the early 70's with Donald McKayle, Bella Lewitzky, and Mia Slavenska. Recipient of the 2003 Lester Horton Dance Educator Award for excellence in teaching, and the 2007 American Dance Festival Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. In 1988, Douglas pioneered the founding of the first modern dance company of Mainland China (The Guangdong Dance Company). Other international assignments include L'ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart Lausanne (Switzerland), The Beijing Dance Adademy (China), Palucca Schule (Dresden, Germany), University of the Americas (Mexico), and representing the American Dance Festival in Korea, Russia, China, Czech Republic, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Mongolia. Nielsen is the recipient of four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Performing arts fellowship with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Since 1979, Douglas has created over 100 dances for his own company (Douglas Nielsen Dances) and others including the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (Salt Lake City), Dancers Unlimited (Dallas), The Repertory Project (Cleveland), Dances We Dance Company (Honolulu), Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Chrysalis Repertory Dance Company (Houston), Harbinger Dance Company and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Detroit), Tenth Street Dance Works (Tucson), Kauhsiung Contemporary Dance Company (Taiwan), Guang Dong Dance Company (Guang Zhou, China), Kathryn Ricketts Dance Company (Copenhagen), and the Scottish Dance Theatre (Glasgow). Nielsen has served on adjudication panels for The American College Dance Festival in Virginia, Texas, Idaho, Kansas, Connecticut, California, and Ohio. He has also served as a distinguished panelist for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, The National Association for the Advancement of the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the McKnight Foundation, and the NEA Learning in the Arts Dance Panel.
Photo by Angelina Gillyard
Helanius J. Wilkins, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, is an award winning choreographer, performance artist, and instructor based in Washington, D.C. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men. He is the 2008 recipient of the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, D.C.’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; and was a three time finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards. He is a 2002 and 2006 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project Award. Bates Dance Festival, one of the premiere festivals in the US, named him their 2002 Emerging Choreographer. A graduate of SUNY Brockport, Wilkins returned to the university setting in summer 2011 to pursue graduate studies, as an extension of his artistic journey. He recently earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the George Washington University. In addition to performing the works of several choreographers including Robert Moses, Earl Mosley, Joy Kellman, Troy Powell, and Kevin Wynn, he performed with Present Tense Dance Company (Upstate New York) as well as Maida Withers’ Dance Construction Company (D.C.), and as a guest with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (Maryland). He has equally enjoyed creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works. In summer 2010, Wilkins made his D.C. theater debut as the choreographer for Studio Theatre’s musical production Passing Strange. He followed this success by choreographing POP! in 2013, A Helen Hayes nominated musical production also produced by The Studio Theatre. Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported Wilkins’s work. Wilkins also teaches professional and pre-professional dancers as well as students of various ages and levels of skill. He has served as an adjudicator and master teacher at American College Dance Festivals in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 - 2013. In spring 2013, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he also completed a second appointment as the guest artist in residence in fall 2012. He is currently on faculty at the Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC.
Last year, dancers represented Boston University at the 2013 New England Regional Conference at UMass Amherst.
Below are two of our choreographers contributed pieces that were adjudicated in 2012:
|Dancers perform Shannon Luch's piece "Soles," which was adjudicated at the 2012 New England Regional Conference at Connecticut College.
||Stuart Meyers performing his piece "On The Rocks" with a bucket of ice, which was adjudicated at the 2012 New England Regional Conference at Connecticut College.