Nearly 400 collegiate dancers from across the region will travel to Plymouth State University (PSU) to participate in the American College Dance Association New England Conference from April 4 through 7, 2019. Talented students and dance faculty from more than 35 colleges and universities will participate in workshops, seminars and classes throughout the weekend. They will also host several performances, which will be open to the public.
“Hosting the annual conference at Plymouth State gives us a tremendous opportunity to showcase how the university’s Integrated Clusters model can help build critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” said Amanda Whitworth, Director of Dance, Plymouth State University. “PSU faculty members will host sessions that will take participants beyond technical movement and more traditional elements of dance and introduce them to concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation in dance, including personal branding, event planning, and marketing – all of which are important elements of the creative economy.”
The upcoming conference represents months of collaboration between multiple PSU programs, including the dance program, the physical therapy program, and the Silver Center for the Arts. Physical therapy graduate students will use an innovative dance-focused functional movement screen to help attendees understand how functional movement relates to the practice and athleticism of dance.
The public is invited to attend several performances throughout the weekend at PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts: Thursday, April 4, Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 6:00 PM, and Sunday, April 7, at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, seniors and children; PSU students, faculty and staff may attend at no cost.
The performances will highlight all dance styles and genres, showcasing the artistry and strength of dance programs across New England. After each piece is performed, a professional panel will provide comments and feedback, which may cause brief pauses in the program between each number.
The American College Dance Association fosters creative potential, honoring multiple approaches to scholarly and creative research and activity, and promotes excellence in choreography and performances. The New Hampshire Dance Alliance, New Hampshire Creative Community Network, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, N-Squared Dance Company and PSU alumna-founded Pantos Project Dance will also participate in the conference.
Photo by Paige Shoppman.