Theatre and Dance
Kennedy Center/American College Dance Festival
Western 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.
University Dance Theatre members, ACDF 2012, cast of "Multiverse", choreography by Candace Winters-March
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.
Training and discipline in the WIU classroom fosters creative and experimental minds that go far at ACDF. Performing in both formal and informal dance concerts for entire festival audiences, receiving accolades from adjudicators and peers alike, the UDT dancers have been spirited and competitive. Adjudicators have given WIU dancers high praise and favorable feedback; particularly for their professional approach to dance and performance.
For more information on the American College Dance Festival, follow this link: www.acdfa.org