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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Thursday, February 28 • 8:30am - 10:00am
"Pure" Dunham Technique FULL

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Dunham Technique is an interdisciplinary dance technique that includes foundational references from classical ballet, modern, and vernacular American dance, as well as folk and sacred dances from Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil. This technique class is structured to economize movement and energy, addressing the breath and isolations. Barre and/or center work will include exercises such as fall and recovery, body rolls, heel presses, and leg swings. Moving across the floor with progressions, students will follow the polyrhythms of the drums and slowly build upon basic movements with turns and elevation.

* The dance technique that Katherine Dunham (1909 – 2006) invented circa 1931, is part of a holistic system which aims to develop the whole person. In communities like East St. Louis, where she moved after retiring from her stage and film career, Dunham raised the sense of social responsibility among her students and helped them to overcome destructive elements in their environment through studies of dance, music, languages, and the humanities. There are at least five generations of Dunham dancers, starting with members of the original Dunham Company.


Susannah Keita

Faculty, Mem., Grand Canyon University
Susannah “Sukie” Keita is a versatile dance artist who has paired her energy with dance companies and public schools as a performer, choreographer, and educator. Growing up as a student of Joffrey Ballet principal dancers, Sukie studied modern dance at the University of Michigan... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PST
New Ballet Studio A
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