On March 19-22, 2015 a group of six Pomona Dance students along with faculty Michael Szanyi and Thomas Tsai attended the Baja Region’s American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference at the California State University, Long Beach. Students took a variety of classes in modern, ballet, partnering work and more. Ilana Cohen ’16 performed an original solo entitled Unwilling Prophecy, and Joseph Reynolds ’15 performed faculty John Pennington’s choreography, Hearing Change.
Students had much positive feedback about the conference:
Being able to try new classes and styles in such a high energy atmosphere was a fun experience. I enjoyed getting to see what other schools are working on both in the informal and formal performances. I especially appreciated hearing the opinions of the adjudicators about the conference and pieces we watched. On the last day they had a really interesting open dialogue that raised points about the larger context of dance and the subject matters being expressed in the pieces from the informal and formal showings. Hearing a discussion of dance was a good way of supplementing both the classes and performances.
I was able to try many things that I had never tried before such as contact improv (yikes! but fun), Dunham technique, and floor barre. I also had the honor of taking amazing ballet and modern dance classes from brilliant teachers who made me approach the techniques that I am familiar with in an entirely new light. I went to the ADF audition and was blown away by the talent around me. Furthermore, I was able to listen to and take part in conversations that critically discussed what it means to dance. This was a real highlight for me. Being immersed in dance was such a treat and I am still thinking about all that I learned. I am excited to bring this energy back to Pomona.