Southern Miss Department of Dance hosts 40th ACDA South Conference

Southern Miss Department of Dance hosts 40th ACDA South Conference

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South Conference March 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus. Dance concerts will be held on March 11 at 7 p.m., March 12 at noon and 7 p.m. and March 13 at 7 p.m., with the gala concert to be held March 14 at 7 p.m.

All performances will be in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

ACDA is a 40-year-old collegiate dance organization that hosts up to 12 regional conferences each year with a national conference in Washington, D.C. every other year.
Southern Miss Dance expects about 500 participants from 25 universities across eight states to attend this regional conference. The event will feature approximately 100 master dance classes, six dance concerts and a gala concert.

Three professionals will serve as adjudicators by providing feedback to about 40 curated dances, and then select the participants of the gala concert. They will also select two dances to represent the South region in the national conference in June.

Kelly Ferris Lester, associate dance professor, says the goal of ACDA is to offer students the opportunity to build their networks, experience dance classes and genres that are not readily available to them and become inspired by what other students in their region are creating.

"We also see this as an opportunity for others to visit Hattiesburg, the Southern Miss campus and see that the Department of Dance has the ability to do more than train fabulous dancers. Our caliber of dance is well respected, but we hope that our Southern Miss hospitality is also showcased," Lester said.

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