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LIU Brooklyn Dance Majors Perform “Unframed: Handwriting in Space” at the Northeast American College Dance Association Conference


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Spring Break is usually a time for relaxing, vacationing, and soaking up the sun for the average college student. That was not the case for LIU Brooklyn’s dance majors. They spent this Spring Break performing at the Northeast American College Dance Association conference, also known as ACDA.

“The American College Dance Association (ACDA) began as the brainchild of a group of college and university dance educators who set out in 1971 to create a national organization that would sponsor regional dance conferences at the college and university level, along with national dance festivals. The aim of these events was to recognize and encourage excellence in performance and choreography in higher education.” LIU Brooklyn performed three works in the conference, two student works, and one guest artist work. The dancers spent five days taking various dance classes, attending performances, and rehearsing. “ACDA offers all participating students an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone. This gives me the motivation to strive to be a more well-rounded dancer,” stated David Myrie, BFA ‘18. The dancers started their days at 7am and ended at 10pm, expressing great interest and dedication to their craft. They also had the opportunity to meet dance majors from other colleges in their region and make connections.

The dance majors participated in an Adjudicated Concert, in which three professionals from the dance community viewed the works and offered feedback. After all concerts, the adjudicators selected 11 works from the 44 entered in the conference to perform in the final concert known as the Gala. LIU Brooklyn’s Dance Program’s work, Unframed, was chosen as one of the 11 works. From the Gala, adjudicators selected a maximum of three works to represent the Northeast region at the National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Unframed, was amongst the three works chosen to perform.

Like the regional ACDA conferences, Nationals host classes and concerts for the participating dancers, showcasing pieces from other regions in the world. “ I am excited that we are going to Nationals. I love performing Unframed with the rest of the girls. We really put our all into the piece,” said J’nae Simmons, when asked about her reaction to Unframed being chosen. “Also working with Professor Alenka Cizmesija, who choreographed the piece has been a journey. She brings out each individual dancers abilities and pushes them beyond their limits.”

Stated on the National College Dance Festival website, the adjudicators described Unframed as, “A lush and complex quintet that utilizes a quiet yet dynamic vocabulary of intricate gestures and full body dancing. The work reveals a complete atmosphere and world.” Dancers, Joy Banks, Aja Carthon, Chantal Montilla, J’nae Simmons, and Chanel Stone are excited to take the stage at the Kennedy Center this summer, representing LIU Brooklyn.

Written by: J’nae Simmons

Posted 03/28/2016

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