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 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Samba and Samba Reggae: A Brazilian Dance Experience FULL

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Samba is a Brazilian Dance form that originated in the state of Bahia, over 400 years ago when the first African slaves landed in what we now know as the country of Brazil. It is a dance that emerged out of the resistance of people holding onto their culture that was threatened due to colonization in the new world. It is a blend of African, Indigenous, and Portuguese cultures that manifested into a popular dance that has gone through many transformations throughout the centuries.

Samba is a celebratory dance that is quick, upbeat, and high energy. There are quick foot movements and choreographic patterns, and cross-lateral arm movements to compliment the feet. The hips remain loose so they can move from side to side in a circular motion to accompany the steps. This is an Intermediate Level Class, however if you have never taken Samba before, please do not hesitate to give it a try! Class will be taught with recorded music.

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Stephanie Da Silva

Faculty, Mem., Santa Rosa Junior College
Stephanie Emmanuela Da Silva is currently the Director of Dance at Harbor High School, teaches Afro-Brazilian Dance at UCSC, is a guest choreographer at Santa Rosa Community College, and is the Artistic Director of Agua Doce Dance Company. Stephanie received her MFA in choreography... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Washington Square 106
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