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

STATEMENT OF EMPOWERMENT:
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!
SK

Susannah Keita

Grand Canyon University
Faculty, Mem.
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 and moved to New York City as a scholarship student at Steps On Broadway. After completing her MFA at the University Of Arizona School Of Dance, she performed with several Arizona-based companies including O-T-O Dance Theatre, New Articulations, Thom Lewis Dance, Mamaxé Dancers, and Zuzi Dance Theatre. Since 2000, she has studied Katherine Dunham’s Technique with master and certified instructors, and in 2012, she became certified to teach through the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. In 2006, Sukie toured Ecuador with aerial and modern-based O-T-O Dance Theatre for the International Festival for Women in Dance. As director of the Dance Department at Grand Canyon University, Sukie has founded degree programs in dance and dance education. She was honored with the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 2015, and also served as president of the Arizona Dance Education Organization. A veteran K-12 dance educator, her focus is to increase access to dance education for K-12 grade students and to build cultural competencies among future dance educators through a holistic study of dance and the humanities.