The University of Utah School of Dance is thrilled to invite faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Northwest Conference, March 1-4, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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U of U School of Dance students! We want you to show up and show out as we host this year’s conference.


Attend the ACDA Conference

ACDA Conference Signup

What are you signing up for? You will be:

    • Committing to participating in the entire festival March 1-4, 2023
    • Taking an incredible variety of classes, all under one roof- contemporary, ballet, hip hop, yoga, somatics, and much more
    • Viewing curated screendance works
    • Watching a TON of dance works in concert
    • Getting and hearing feedback sessions from national adjudicators
    • Performing! (if in selected works)
    • Meeting dancers and teachers from all over our region and beyond

Student registration costs will be covered by a Fine Arts Fees grant and in return, School of Dance students will serve as volunteers for various parts of the conference.  These include classroom monitors, registration help, tours, tech/crew support, etc. It is not much, but a critical part of the commitment as an ambassador for our programs.

Submit Choreographic Work

Congratulations to the Christine McMillan, Irishia Hubbard and Kellie St. Pierre whose work was selected by the School of Dance ACDA selection committee to be shown at the 2023 conference.    

Thank you to all who submitted work for consideration.  A record 17 dances were submitted!

Submit your Screendance Work (optional but encouraged)

The conference will also be showing screendances. 10 minutes max. Due by January 13, 2023.

Submit your Screendance here: (link coming soon)

ACDA Student Participation Meeting 


TIME: 11:45-12:15PM


*If you cannot make this meeting there will be a recording of the meeting posted here.

ACDA Commitment Payment


Scan or click here to pay the $25 commitment. Payment must be received no later than January 13, 2023.

Stay tuned here for more info! 


ACDA Website:

Sara Pickett
ACDA Northwest Conference Coordinator




Gerri Houlihan

Gerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School, studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies.  She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and spent five years as a soloist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Houlihan has taught or choreographed for such institutions as N.Y.’s High School of Performing Arts, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bates Dance Festival, the Boston Ballet, Meredith College, The Juilliard School, the University of South Florida, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of North Carolina –Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University.  

On the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival, she has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983, and from 1987 to the present.  She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015. 


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Vincent E. Thomas

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, Bari, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the national touring What’s Going On project. 

Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year, a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist, the 2017 Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (DC), the 2019 University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity, the 2020 MDEA Living Legacy Award, a 2021 William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund Awardee, and a 2022 Baker Award Finalist. He is an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY), and Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD). 

His multi-dimensional company VTDance builds on the use of contemporary dance, improvisation, text/ movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]. These ideas coupled with witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement are the rich palette for VTDance.



Licia Perea

Licia Perea is a native of Albuquerque, NM and has lived and danced in Denver, CO, NYC and Los Angeles. In 2020 she moved to the hi-desert near Joshua Tree, CA.

She is the Artistic Director and founding member of the Latina Dance Project which began as a collaborative ensemble of multidisciplinary artists exploring through performance controversial issues impacting the global community. LDP is reflective of the diverse Latinx cultures in America, which sheds light and provokes reflections that can bring about change. She has been producing the highly successful BlakTinx Dance Festival for the past 10 years in Los Angeles, Phoenix and now in Joshua Tree, CA  BlakTinx celebrates Black and Latinx choreographers. 





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