ACDFAAmerican College Dance Festival Association (Rockville, MD)
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The anonymous, seemingly one-sided process has long been a somewhat controversial feature of ACDFA, and this year at least two regional conferences--Southwest and Central, held at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively--will experiment with alternative modes of feedback.
ACDFA executive director Diane DeFiles says the current system arose from practical and aesthetic concerns.
Although this structure is similar to that of the NCAA, Diane DeFries, executive director of ACDFA, bristles at the comparison.
It's a first for ACDFA, which usually holds its event in Washington, D.
The planning process is made easier by the guidelines and timetables in the ACDFA Conference Handbook.
It's challenging when you have few or only temporary faculty, but you can do it," says Diane DeFries, executive director of ACDFA.
He chalks his ACDFA success up to "total beginner's luck.
Evaluation of choreography is at the heart of ACDFA events.
For further information, contact Paul Organisak, ACDFA, 4431 Lehigh Road, #399, College Park, MD 20740-3127; (301) 405-8552; fax (301) 405-8551.
The first ACDFA festival was held January 14-17, at Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109-3797.
ACDFA is the only national service organization committed solely to supporting and promoting the wealth of talent and creativity that is so prominent throughout the college and university dance community.
Central to the educational mission of ACDFA is the adjudication process whereby students and faculty receive feedback concerning their work from a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive environment.