Conference Adjudicators


 Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008. In 2006 Goode directed the opera Transformations for the San Francisco Opera Center. His play Body Familiar, commissioned by the Magic Theatre in 2003, was met with critical acclaim.

The Joe Goode Performance Group, formed in 1986, tours regularly throughout the U.S., and has toured internationally to Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Goode is known as a master teacher; his summer workshops in “felt performance” attract participants from around the world, and the company’s teaching residencies on tour are hugely popular. He is a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

joegoode photo credit Tony Nyugen

 Goode’s performance-installation works have been commissioned by the Fowler Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Krannert Art Museum, the Capp Street Project, the M.H. de Young Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His dance theater work has been commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company and Dance Alloy Theater among others. Goode and his work have been recognized by numerous awards for excellence including the American Council on the Arts, the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), and Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies).



 Ilana Goldman is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator. She   serves as Choreographer in Residence of Bowen McCauley Dance and has   choreographed works for Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC   Dance Seattle, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet   Theatre, Perry-Mansfield, Florida State University, and University of     Washington. Her choreography was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s   Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

 Ilana's three short dance films, "Convergence," "Fledgling," and "InterState,"   screened at over 25 international film festivals in total, including the 19th   Annual California Independent Film Festival, ADF’s International Screendance   Festival, St. Petersburg International Film Festival (Jury Award),   ScreenDance  Festival Sweden, and the Sans Souci Festival of Dance   Cinema.

She performed professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Trey McIntyre Project, and as a guest artist with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Ilana is an Associate Professor of Dance at Florida State University and has taught at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Berkeley City Ballet, the School of the Sacramento Ballet, the University of Washington, the American College Dance Association Conference, and Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive, in addition to company classes and master classes across the country with Trey McIntyre Project. Ilana received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for artistic and academic excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington.

Mariama “Ama” Law began her dance training with KanKouran West African Dance Company. Literally being born into the African culture, as both of her parents are founding members, she was a company member for most of her youth and teenage years. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, certificate in Women's Studies and a MFA in Dance. Her research explores the intersections between African dance, hip-hop / urban dance styles and modern dance from the female perspective. Ama has been an instructor at Howard Community College and Dance Place in Washington, DC. She is a passionate educator, always searching for new avenues to provide inspiration to the future generation of movers to not only become fierce, but knowledgeable individuals.


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