ACDFA stands for the American College Dance Festival Association. Each spring Beloit College sends a group of about 30 students to the regional festival. All students interested in attending may go. At the four-day festival students and faculty are able to take classes in all areas of dance and dance related subjects. Additionally, each school that attends may present up to two dances for adjudication by world renowned dance professionals. These adjudicators select the very best pieces to give encore performances in the gala concert at the end of the festival. Beloit College dances have been in the gala concert regularly since 2001.
ACDFA GALA SELECTIONS!
Time Spent and It Goes Without Saying
Both of the Beloit College dances were selected by adjudicators to be performed in the prestigious Gala Concert at the ACDA North Central Region Conference in Duluth, MN in March 2017. The pieces were “Time Spent,” choreographed by student Charlotte (Charlie) Vail '18 and performed by Zoë Koenig’18 and “It Goes Without Saying,” choreographed by Professor and Director of Dance, Chris Johnson. Adjudicators remarked that Charlie's piece "Time Spent," was "Time *well* spent, a diamond of a dance," and "It Goes Without Saying," which was a collaboration and featured music by Beloit alum Helen Gillet, video by Media Studies Faculty Fellow Aaron Gurlly, and costumes by Lauren Roark, was described as, "lush, intricate and musical."
Profile for Time Spent and It Goes Without Saying was last updated on Mar 20, 2017.
Faux Fur, choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T'ai was selected to be performed in the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Association's North Central Conference AND it was selected as the first alternate for the National Festival to be held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The dance was performed by Maddie Barron'17, Gabby Garcia'19, Sarah Ellen Miller'15, and Charlie Vail'18.
Here is what the adjudicators wrote about Faux Fur:
"A work with a soul and sense of importance, Faux Fur is devastatingly 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." This year's conference was held at UW Stevens Point. Photo by Ryan Jacquemet'19.
Profile for Faux Fur was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Physical Manifestations of Assent
Physical Manifestations of Assent, choreographed by Chris Johnson, Professor of Dance and TDMS Department Chair, was selected for the Gala Concert at the North Central Region ACDA conference. The duet was danced by seniors Sarah Ellen Miller'15 Dance and Literature double major and Literature major Santiago Quintana'15. This year's conference was held at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Photo by Erin Laskin'15.
Profile for Physical Manifestations of Assent was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
The Walls It Embraces
The Walls It Embraces, choreographed by senior dance and mathematics major Mia Alcorn and danced by senior dance and anthropology major Nora Anderson and theater performance major Mike Kreiser was selected for the gala concert at the ACDFA North Central Region’s Conference. This year’s conference was held at the Minnesota State University in Mankato. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Johnson)
Profile for The Walls It Embraces was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Closure, choreographed by student dance major Joey Hernandez ’11 was selected for the gala concert at the North Central Region American College Dance Festival Association’s conference held on the campus of St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota
Profile for Closure was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Held/Accountable, choreographed by associate professor Chris Johnson and danced by Mika Banks '05, Noelle Chun '05, Erika Curry-Elrod '08, Trevor Johnson '08, Maggie Koller '06, Eva Labson '05, Benjamin Law '05, Lauren Lewis '06, Rachel Oliver '07, Brittany O'Malley '07 Hannah Pitkin '07, Leah Raffanti '05, and Larissa Thomas '06 was a selected for the gala concert at the North Central Region American College Dance Festival in the Fisher Theater at Iowa State University, Ames.
Profile for Held/Accountable was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Get in the Ring
Get in the Ring, choreographed by Allisa-Zee Hartmann '04 and danced by Mika Banks '05, Kim Budd '05, Noelle Chun '05, Cayte Connell '04, Jason Davis '04, Luella Davis '06, Laura Fried '05, Molly Irick '04, Maggie Koller '06, Gina Lasko '04, Benjamin Law '05, Rachel Oliver '07, Jeremy Sato '06, Jaime Scott '04, Rob Sjoberg '06, Daniel Smith '04, Larissa Thomas '06, Alexis Ware '04, and Blake Weinberger '04 was selected for the gala concert at the Great Lakes Region American College Dance Festival in the Bonstelle Theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit. This dance was also selected as the alternate for the national festival.
Profile for Get in the Ring was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Holding Patterns, choreographed by associate professor Chris Johnson and danced by Allisa-Zee Hartmann '04, Clare Hogan '03, Maggie Koller '06, Leah Raffanti '05, and Larissa Thomas '06 was selected for the gala concert at the Great Lakes Region American College Dance Festival in the Memorial Union Theater at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Profile for Holding Patterns was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.
Sunken Flight, choreographed by Heather Budd '99 and danced by Ms. Budd, exchange student Esteban Donoso, and Jonathan Stevens '04 was a selected for the gala concert at the Great Lakes Region American College Dance Festival in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Profile for Sunken Flight was last updated on Apr 7, 2016.