Welcome to ACDA West Conference 2019 The Art of Moving!  Be open to new friends, new ideas, new experiences. Enjoy!

ACDA recognizes that Art can provoke; therefore, during the course of the conference, participants are empowered to remove themselves from conference activities.

To All Conference Participants:
Just a reminder...The adjudication process is structured to ensure that feedback and the selection process is as objective as possible.

Adjudicators do not know the names of schools or choreographers presenting work in the adjudication concerts. In order to keep the integrity of this ACDA policy and process in tact through the adjudicators’ final decision, it is necessary to ask all conference participants to avoid conversation with adjudicators about the adjudicated dances, the adjudication process, or their comments during the feedback sessionIn addition, please do not discuss your school’s programs or your own work with the adjudicators. Your full cooperation is being requested for the enjoyment of all conference participants, including the adjudicators!

Thank you in advance!
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Carl Flink

Carl Flink is the founder of the Twin Cities, MN based dance company; Black Label Movement (BLM). Carl Flink and BLM's awards include two 2016 Regional Emmy Award nominations, a 2016 MN Sage Award nomination, being named to the 2015 Twin Cities Star Tribune Best of MN Dance Community Sage Award, 2008 and 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography, 2010 and 2012 MN Ivey Awards, among other recognitions. Featured in Dance Magazine's January, 2014, issue, Flink's dancemaking is praised for its intense athleticism and humanistic themes. The 2014 American Dance Festival commissioned him for its Fresh Tracks series and he was the movement creator of the Guthrie Theatre's 2016 production of The Parchman Hour. Other presenters include: Bates Dance Festival, Urbanity Dance (Boston, MA) TED, TEDMED, TEDx Brussels, Theatre Latte' Da (Mpls, MN)the Chicago Humanities Festival, MN Orchestra, Normandale Community Collee (MN), The Cowels Center for Dance (MN), Company C (San Francisco, CA), Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL) and dance programs such as the Universities of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Utah, and North Texas. Flink's pioneering collaboration with biomedical engineer, David Odde called The Moving Cell Project (MCP) has conducted a residency at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India in May, 2015, as well as, 2012 and 2013, residencies at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. These residencies center around MCP;s ongoing development of its bodystorming research technique that fast models scientific hypotheses as a part of a substantive research process for science and choreography. MCP has also generated 4 Talks, including A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint created with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon featured on TED.com. Carl Flink is the University of Minnesota (UMN) Jette Sween Professor of Dance. During the 1990's, Carl was a member of the Limon Dance Company and Creach/Koester Men Dancing, among others in New York City. He holds a Stanford Law School JD, a UMN Political Science and Women Studies B. A. summa cum laude and was a Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. attorney (St. Paul, MN) from 2001-2004.