American College Dance Festival: Showcase & Gala Concerts

Date: March 15, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Category: Arts and Entertainment

SUU’S College of Performing and Visual Arts
Presents American College Dance Festival Concerts

March 12 & 15, 2013

Rieka Toya performing in an SUU Dance Concert.

Photo credit: Rieka Toya performing in an SUU Dance Concert. Photo: Karl Hugh

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Movement, creativity and energy fuse together in two remarkable performances celebrating the American College Dance Festival (ACDF). SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance hosts ACDF’s Northwest Regional Conference March 12-15, 2013. As part of the event there are two exciting dance concerts open to the public.

As a special opening event, on Tuesday, March 12th, the American College Dance Festival presents a Showcase Concert featuring choreography created and performed by the participating dance faculty and the conference’s panel of judges. This remarkable tapestry showcases the artistry and professionalism of top faculty talent from ACDF’s Northwest region.

The student dancers are featured in the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert on Friday, March 15th. The Gala Concert features the best of the best of conference, jury-selected by the judging panel. The most acclaimed faculty and student choreography is presented in this remarkable one-night-only event.

Both the Showcase and Gala Concerts take place at the Randall L. Jones Theatre and begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are General Adult Admission: $10.00; SUU Faculty and staff: $8.00; and Student & Youth: $5.00. Seating to the public is limited so purchase early. Tickets may be purchased through SUU’s Centrum Arena’s Ticket Office either in person or by phone, (435) 586-7872, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm. They may also be purchased online at and go to the Buy Tickets link.

The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA's sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

ACDFA has established 12 regions throughout the country for organizational purposes and maintains a strong regional structure through its regional directors and institutional membership to help facilitate the exchange of information. Colleges and universities may attend any regional conference and may present one or two works for adjudication.

ACDFA also sponsors the National College Dance Festival. A biennial event, the National Festival showcases works selected from each regional conference for presentation on three gala concerts. The National Festival is usually held at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, DC. The 15th National College Dance Festival was successfully held at the Kennedy Center in May 2012.

Be enthralled by the sheer excitement of the finest collegiate dancers and faculty. Don’t miss these two special evenings of dance. For more information, please visit or call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800.