Students Participate in American College Dance Association Conference

April 7, 2016
Attendees included those in Wells' Theatre and Dance Program and others; all came back prepared to apply what they'd learned to projects and coursework.
students dancing at conference

This spring, just cutting into Wells' Spring Break, eight students and Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard attended and participated in the American College Dance Association conference at Brockport University. Though most were new to the conference, the experience was familiar to those who are involved in the dancing world; and the conference was just as informative for theatre and dance majors as those who were just interested in learning more.

Wells students have attended the conference many times before and have incorporated what they've learned in their theses, in the pieces choreographed and performed by the Dance Collective student organization, and personal projects. Audrey Woolever '17 plans to continue this trend, noting, "I look forward to bringing this knowledge back with me to Wells and applying it not only to the upcoming Faculty Dance Concert, but to my future dance thesis as well."

The conference lasted for three days filled with dance classes, yoga classes, and dance workshops that began at 8:00 a.m. and lasted until 5:30 p.m. The classes Wells students had the pleasure of taking included Advanced Modern, Jamaican Folk Forms, Afro- Cuban, Contemporary Ballet, and even Yoga Toning.

Several different schools participated at the conference, and it wasn't odd at all that many people knew each other. Past relationships and dancing experiences brought many students together. Professor Goddard taught an Improvisation class that wasn't any different from what she teaches at Wells, and as she is an alumna of Brockport, dance professors and students from the university were delighted to take her class.

Throughout the day, students took the opportunity to watch a selection of schools perform and compete. The schools were chosen through an adjudication process, and their talents were remarkable. Wells College dancers have performed successfully in previous years' adjudication.

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