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!

Shaunna Vella

Saint Mary's College
Faculty, Mem
Shaunna Vella is a choreographer, performance artist, dance student and educator, and activist; her work is an intersection of creative practice for survival, performance as ritual, and dynamic community building. She is Director of the LEAP Program and is full-time professor at Saint Mary’s College where she has been teaching since 2004. Shaunna teaches open classes at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and is one half of radical dance-theater duo Vella & Merrell.  Shaunna has been creating and presenting dance in the Bay Area since 2000, her choreography is queer, political and interdisciplinary.

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