TWU Dance honored at Regional American College Dance Association event

TWU Dance honored at Regional American College Dance Association event

March 19, 2018 - Fifteen TWU Department of Dance students and one faculty member attended the 2018 Regional American College Dance Association event. Each institution in attendance presented one dance for an informal performance and two dances for the formal performances.  The TWU Department of Dance Adjudication Committee chose three student works from the 36 dances created during the fall 2017 semester.

During this event, 45 dances were presented in five formal concerts and eighteen dances were performed in one informal concert. All 45 formal dances were reviewed by three nationally and internationally recognized dance adjudicators, Maura Keefe, Bill Wade and Mariani Forte-Sanders. These adjudicators viewed all formal dances in a blind review.

There were three phases in this regional event, performance, adjudicator feedback, and adjudication for the GALA performance. First, each dance was performed live in a concert and each of the artists from the dances attended a professional verbal feedback session. Next, dances were chosen to perform at the Saturday night GALA Concert. 

TWU and the Department of Dance were honored when a TWU dance, "Helena", choreographed by second-year MFA graduate student Reyna Mondragon was selected for the Gala Concert on Saturday night. This dance also was chosen as the #1 Alternate for the ACDA National College Dance Festival and received glowing reviews from the adjudicators, who stated that "the specificity of the choreographic investigation led to an idiosyncratic trio. The embodiment of the three dancers fully realized the complexity of the Meredith Monk score.” 

The National College Dance Festival is held in Washington, D.C. and only occurs every other year. Each region's adjudicators choose dances from their regional GALA Concert. Usually, two to three dances are selected for performance, and two additional dances are chosen as alternates from each institution. If any of the original three schools are unable to attend, TWU will be invited to take its place.

This process is highly competitive and the university was honored to be selected since each one of the dances receives a review that can be used in artists' CVs and marketing materials.