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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!
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Stephanie Da Silva

Santa Rosa Junior College
Faculty, Mem.
Santa Cruz
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 from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2017 and graduated with honors, and holds an AA in Dance from Cabrillo College.
Stephanie lived in Salvador Brazil for over 5 years immersing herself in Afro-Brazilian, Modern, and Brazilian Contemporary dance. She completed the professional dance training program at FUNCEB and trained closely with the world acclaimed Balé Folclorico da Bahia. While living in Salvador, Stephanie performed professionally with the Norma Santana Dance Company, Attomos Dance Company, Diaspora Dance Company, Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Paco Gomes, and many other notable choregraphers.
In 2012-2013 Stephanie was invited to choreograph and perform for the band Ozomatli, which was the precursor to starting her dance company Agua Doce Dance in 2015. She was a selected dance artist for the Emerging Choreographer’s showcase in San Francisco in 2016, her dance film “The Wave Within” was selected to premier at the 2017 Big River Dance Festival, and has been invited annually as a guest choreographer for the Yemanja Arts Festival in Berkeley since 2016. She produced her first full length evening dance showcase Tracing Diasporas in 2017 & 2018, was a featured dance artist for the Ebb and Flow Arts Festival in 2017 & 2018. She presented original choreography at the annual SC World Arts Festival in 2016 & 18, and has been a sponsored dance artist by the Santa Cruz Arts Council since 2016. A new choreographic work will be presented at the Santa Cruz Winter Dance Festival alongside Dawson Dances.