Theatre and Dance
Kennedy Center/American College Dance FestivalWestern Illinois University is a member school in the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). As a result, each year Western’s University Dance Theatre participates in the regional American College Dance Festival (ACDF). ACDF festival/conferences allow students from all over the region to come together for five days and participate in a nurturing and lively exchange. Students view and perform many different styles of dance and movement. Combining training workshops with adjudicated concerts and professional performances, the festival proves to be beneficial for all who are involved. Other opportunities at ACDF include seminars, lectures and classes led by professional dancers and dance professors from around the region and nation. Students also have the chance to perform original choreography in front of adjudicators for feedback and a chance for regional and/or national recognition. UDT has always performed well at ACDF and received just such recognition in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2012. Each of these years, faculty pieces were chosen to be performed in the ACDF Regional Gala performance. Additionally, in 1998, 2000, and 2006 UDT received the highest honor of also being selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at the ACDF National Gala. These experiences have proven invaluable to UDT and especially the dancers involved.
University Dance Theatre members, ACDF 2012, cast of "Multiverse", choreography by Candace Winters-March