WHAT CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT CONFERENCES:
When I attended festivals, I truly got my first taste of what it was like to act as a professional. I found immediate camaraderie with students who woke themselves up to get to that early class and skipped their lunches to hear that one extra seminar…I became addicted to my annual retreats to the American College Dance Festivals, and I miss them more than any other aspect of my college experience. I remember how I couldn’t walk after taking Capoeira for the first time. I remember crying and embracing a class full of strangers after an amazingly emotional Dunham class on the last day of a festival. I remember being blown away by a piece at the Dance Technology Concert, and even more excited to take the choreographer’s class the next day. And I will always remember the two-hour conversation I had with the arts librarian at the University of Buffalo, who inspired me to do something unique with my passions for dance and scholarship.
The American College Dance Festival as one of the best experience I’ve had in my fours years at college. Despite the energy I put into taking four classes a day, I left the weekend feeling completely rejuvenated. The faculty was amazing and being able to see so many schools and professionals perform was inspiring…I am currently auditioning for professional dance companies, and this weekend has both prepared me and heightened by excitement for the future.
It’s a super-saturated lesson on how the field is developing. The Festival offers an opportunity to grow so we don’t become limited by our own community’s aesthetic as to what is acceptable, beautiful, challenging.
My time at the American College Dance Festival was some of the most fun, enriching and rewarding days I’ve experience as a student. I was inevitably tired and sore every night from the physical exertion, but it was worth it. I learned types of dance that I’d never tried before, such as hip-hop, African dance and Contact Improvisation. I was also introduced to different styles of Modern dance. Dancing with students from other universities, I felt like a member of a large artistic community…It was nice to know that our school is also part of a college dance community.
The American College Dance Festival was truly an amazing experience. I enjoyed the atmosphere of total emersion, the blend of performances, classes and time to hang out and just absorb the energy charging the campus. It was a pleasure to be involved in the expansion of so many people’s conception of dance and performance, including my own.
Traveling to different schools and parts of the country is only one of the overall educational benefits. ACDFA has been the primary venue for college programs to share creative work and showcase the incredible training that’s available at universities. It’s also a great connection with the professional world.