2014 National Festival

Location:  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
and George Washington University in Washington, DC
Festival Dates:            June 4-7, 2014
Performance Dates:   June 5-7, 2014

Participating Schools
Alabama State University
The Boston Conservatory
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach (not performing)
Columbia College Chicago
East Carolina University
Florida State University
Hampshire College
Indiana University
Kennesaw State University
LINES Ballet / Dominican University of California
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College
Northwestern University
Point Park University
Rutgers University
Sam Houston State University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Florida
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
University of Oregon
The University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas-Pan America
University of Utah
Wayne State University—Maggie Allesee Department of Theater and Dance
Wichita State University

Click here for 2014 National College Dance Festival Program Copy.

In addition to the 31 dances performed at the 2014 National College Dance Festival, 21 dances were named alternate National College Dance Festival selections from the regional conferences. Click here to see the 2014 National College Dance Festivals Alternate Selections.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dance Magazine Awardees and Honorable Mentions

Following are the selections with comments from the Awards panelists
Suzanne Callahan, Daniel Singh, and Jennifer Stahl:

Outstanding Student Choreography:
Undergraduate student Alexis Renee DeVance made powerful choices in the work’s theme and content.  It connects the past to the present, artistically and through themes.
The student took a big risk with bravery and commitment.  It was performed with the integrity that the work deserved. Every element involved attention to detail, particularly the music, including the choice of “Wade in the Water,” Nina Simone’s performance of “Strange Fruit,” and even the sounds of steps and voice.  The energy was sustained throughout the work.
Salt.Rose.Witness. (excerpt), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Outstanding Student Performance:
Dancers:  Anthony Carrillo, Alejandro Iván Casillas, Magín Betsaida Cervantes, Annalysa Cruz, Elizette Davila, Ricardo Flores, Abril Galvan Silva, Zeidy Enedy Garza, Angel Hernández, Aracely Longoria, Mónica Martínez, Isaac Peña, Jessica Peña, Miguel Ángel  Peña, Ana Pinedo, Guillermo Rivas, Max Iván Tijerina, and Mónica Vargas

The panelists loved the performers’ cohesion as an ensemble.  They played off of each other and the audience. They performed complicated footwork combined with sense of ease in the torso.  The performance came from a place that felt real and authentic. The dancers brought humor and high energy into their exchange with each other and the audience.
Nuevo León, University of Texas-Pan American; Choreography:  Ariadna Pérez García assisted by Miguel Pérez García (Guest Artists) /restaged by Francisco Muñoz III (Faculty)


Dancer Scotty Hardwig conveyed clear intent and connected with whomever he was dancing. He was versatile in his interpretation of the movement vocabulary. He was comfortable dancing with a range of performers and in solo.
Disappearing Days (2013), University of Utah; Choreography:  Eric Handman (Faculty) and the dancers

Choreographers Chelsea Brown and Bethany Disque (Undergraduate Students) for the relationship that was set up between the dancers through movement, which was innocent, and believable and at times humorous.
If only I knew, University of Maryland, College Park

Dancer Kara Brody for her power and sense of attack
Hissy Fits, Wayne State University—Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre/Dance; Choreography:  Dwight Rhoden (Guest Artist)

Dancers George ElmoreMatumbe HimonsKurk NanceJames Mose, and Tyler McCants. This group conveyed a nice energy, full luxurious movement and effective use of stillness.
Beyond/Him, The University of Southern Mississippi; Choreography:  Meredith Early (Faculty)

Till the End showed controlled movement and quietness in a restrained and powerful way. Jennifer Florentino and John Michael O’Neill navigated difficult partnering sequences with an impressive fluidity. Jennifer also displayed strong lines and controlled articulation of the legs and feet.
Till The End, Point Park University; Choreography:  Jennifer Florentino & John Michael O’Neill (Undergraduate Students)