WWU Dance seeks to fundraise $5,000 to cover travel expenses to Salt Lake City, UT for 16 dancers wishing to attend the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Northwest Conference March 1-4, 2023
"All the Old Familiar Places" choreographed by Lainie Pennington and set to be performed at the conference. Photo by Jason Ruvelson (JASRU Photography). Every year the WWU Dance department takes a group of students to ACDA. This four day event brings together college dance programs from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Utah where students and faculty attend dance classes, research presentations, film screenings, informal concerts, feedback sessions, and a culminating gala concert. It’s an incredible learning experience and chance to connect with peers from across the country. For aspiring professional dancers, it's an opportunity network and build their resumes.
As part of the conference, fourth-year student Lainie Pennington and faculty member Angela Sebastian will also present their original choreography performed by WWU Dance students. These works will be submitted for adjudication by nationally recognized dance professionals and receive constructive feedback. Their pieces may be selected for a gala at the Kennedy Center in New York City later this year.
This year, the conference is at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, which means students must travel by plane as opposed to carpooling in prior years. Travel expenses should not be a barrier to dancing, learning, growing, and connecting with others, this is an amazing opportunity. WWU Dance needs to fundraise just $5,000 to help cover the cost of roundtrip airfare and other travel expenses to and from Salt Lake City. We will fly into SLC on March 1 in time for the conference kickoff that evening. Then we'll spend the next 3 days dancing and learning before returning to Bellingham on Sunday, March 5 in time to prep for finals.
Please consider making your gift today, every dollar will get us closer to being able to accommodate every student's conference travel cost needs. Your generosity will help provide valuable experience and opportunities for our Dance students that they won't soon forget!