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.
ACDFA, based in Rockville, Maryland, was established in 1973 to promote choreographic endeavors in college and university dance departments.
Although this structure is similar to that of the NCAA, Diane DeFries, executive director of ACDFA, bristles at the comparison.
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. DeFries notes that North Carolina State University, with one faculty member, and University of Maine-Orono, which has only part-time faculty, have each hosted two conferences.
He chalks his ACDFA
success up to "total beginner's luck." But, he says, "It gave me a confidence to continue choreographing.
Evaluation of choreography is at the heart of ACDFA
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.
The burden of success falls upon ACDFA
's executive director, Paul J.
Be sure to attend as many ACDFA
festivals as you possibly can to see the range of work that is being created throughout the country and the type of training that is being offered at a wide range of schools.