Hannah Ingwerson’s dance For Example selected to represent at ACDA

For Example” dancers left to right: Maddie Watson, James DeSoto,
Hannah Ingwerson (choreographer), Farrah McAdam, Kyle Her

The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is thrilled to announce that SSU student Hannah Ingwerson’s dance For Example was selected to represent the 2016 West Region at the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) National Conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, June 7-12, 2016!

While many students and faculty departed campus for family and vacation time over spring break, SSU Dance Program director Kristen Daley and faculty member Christine Cali accompanied fifteen SSU students to the four day ACDA West Conference held at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

Participation in ACDA is a highlight of the spring semester for college dancers across the country. The conference is an opportunity for new experiences in dance by taking an array of dance classes taught by faculty and guests from participating schools. SSU faculty taught classes in contemporary dance technique; SSU students and faculty took up to four classes per day and viewed over 60 dance pieces during six concerts.

Two student works and one guest artist piece were sent to represent the Sonoma State Dance Program at the ACDA West Conference. Maddie Watson’s evocative group work Lit was performed on a gorgeous outdoor stage in the Informal Concert. The two works selected for the Adjudication Concerts were undergraduate student Hannah Ingwerson’s For Example and guest artist Eric Handman’s Modus. Our students exquisitely performed both works, which received strong positive feedback from the adjudicators.

Hannah Ingwerson’s For Example was selected out of 40 dances to perform in the closing Gala Concert at ACDA West Conference. The Gala Concert was comprised of eleven pieces selected by the adjudicators as standouts for their artistic integrity, inclusivity and strength in performance. The adjudicators stated that Ms. Ingwerson’s work was “A stirring rendering of light and movement that evoked mystery, wonder and remorse. Exquisitely crafted work that speaks equally of the cognitive, affective and kinesthetic realms.” Out of those eleven Ms. Ingwerson’s dance was one of two selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for the National Conference.

Professor Daley and Professor Cali along with Ms. Ingwerson and her dancers; James DeSoto, Kyle Her, Farrah McAdam and Maddie Watson will attend ACDA Nationals at the Kennedy Center this June representing the ACDA West Region and Sonoma State University. Special thank you to the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, the School of Arts & Humanities and Academic Affairs for supporting the Dance Program’s trip to Washington, DC. Congratulations to Ms. Ingwerson, her dancers, and the entire Dance Program!!!

SSU Dance Program at ACDA West, Scottsdale, Arizona