Welcome Honorary Artichokes!

Scottsdale Community College invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's West Conference, March 9-13, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Our conference will be an exciting celebration of dance in higher education. The conference schedule will include a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions and a Gala Concert. We are also planning for special opportunities for faculty development such as faculty only classes. 

The 2020 ACDA West Conference will be guided by the theme:  "Visualize, Create, Engage, Reflect." The following quotes are inspiration for the conference theme:

  • Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creature of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
    • Cecil Beaton
  • I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
    • Henri Matisse
  • When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
    • Audre Lorde

We encourage you to look through all pages on this website. Details on conference opportunities, including performances, guest artists and more can be found on the pages under CONCERTS+ on this website.  ACDA policy and informational documents, including "ACDA Regional Conference Policies For Participants," can be found on the ACDA website > FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS: Documents & Downloads.

Conference attendance is open to ACDA members and non-members, although only members may register during the member priority period and only institutional members may present work in adjudication concerts. Additionally, members pay a discounted registration fee. If you or your institution has not yet joined ACDA as an Individual or Institutional Member, we urge you to do so to receive the benefits of membership and to help further the important work we do for college and university dance programs. Visit ACDA's membership page for more information.

While we would like to accommodate all who wish to attend our conference, space is limited and registration fills quickly. Please note details about limits and timetables in the REGISTRATION pages on this website. You can track available spaces at the bottom of this page.

All of us at Scottsdale Community College look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Angela Rosenkrans and Karryn Allen
ACDA West Conference Coordinators



  • When

  • Monday, March 9, 2020 - Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Where

  • Scottsdale Community College
    9000 E. Chaparral Road
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85256-2626
    Dance Department

  • Capacity

  • 350 (21 remaining)

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