ACDA Northwest Conference

The University of Utah School of Dance welcomes you to the
American College Dance Association's Northwest Conference
March 1-4, 2023.


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Gerri Houlihan

Gerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School, studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies.  She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and spent five years as a soloist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Houlihan has taught or choreographed for such institutions as N.Y.’s High School of Performing Arts, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bates Dance Festival, the Boston Ballet, Meredith College, The Juilliard School, the University of South Florida, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of North Carolina –Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University.  

On the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival, she has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983, and from 1987 to the present.  She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015. 


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Vincent E. Thomas

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, Bari, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the national touring What’s Going On project. 

Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year, a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist, the 2017 Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (DC), the 2019 University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity, the 2020 MDEA Living Legacy Award, a 2021 William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund Awardee, and a 2022 Baker Award Finalist. He is an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY), and Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD). 

His multi-dimensional company VTDance builds on the use of contemporary dance, improvisation, text/ movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]. These ideas coupled with witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement are the rich palette for VTDance.



Licia Perea

Licia Perea is a native of Albuquerque, NM and has lived and danced in Denver, CO, NYC and Los Angeles. In 2020 she moved to the hi-desert near Joshua Tree, CA.

She is the Artistic Director and founding member of the Latina Dance Project which began as a collaborative ensemble of multidisciplinary artists exploring through performance controversial issues impacting the global community. LDP is reflective of the diverse Latinx cultures in America, which sheds light and provokes reflections that can bring about change. She has been producing the highly successful BlakTinx Dance Festival for the past 10 years in Los Angeles, Phoenix and now in Joshua Tree, CA  BlakTinx celebrates Black and Latinx choreographers. 


Guest Artists


 Guest Artists




Lorin Hansen

Lorin Hansen is a passionate instructor, performer, and lifelong student of Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance. Lorin has taught and performed for hundreds of schools, events, and venues in the Western United States as well as Canada, and she holds the 2018 “Female Malandro Champion” title, which she won at the 2018 International Samba Congress in Los Angeles. Lorin is the Artistic Director and founder of Samba Fogo, a band and dance company that is featured regularly at large-scale events and festivals, and reaches over 12,000 students annually with their arts outreach programming. Join Lorin and her drummers to experience a high energy Afro-Brazilian Samba class.


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Mastre Jamaika (Mauro Romauldo)

Mestre Jamaika (Mauro Romualdo) is an internationally recognized practitioner of the vibrant Afro-Brazilian art form of capoeira, a three-time Brazilian Capoeira Confederation champion, and the leader of Volta Miúda Salt Lake Capoeira since 2005. Bringing his expertise from Northeastern Brazil where capoeira originated, his exceptional knowledge and skills have placed him among the most sought-after instructors within the capoeira and dance community, teaching and performing at workshops and events throughout the world for the past 25 years. With Mestre Jamaika's leadership, Salt Lake Capoeira shares the art form of capoeira through regular classes for kids and adults, community outreach, and performances. Learn more about his work at or on Instagram @saltlakecapoeira.




Brenda Butcher

Brenda Butcher received a BFA in Modern Dance and an MFA in Ballet from The University of Utah. She values the pursuit of education and spent over a decade teaching in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at Salt Lake Community College and as an Assistant Professor at The University of Utah in the School of Dance. Brenda earned her comprehensive Pilates Certification in 2011. She enjoys watching her clients progress as she assists them in developing greater body awareness, increased strength and fitness, and moving more efficiently. Brenda is an RYT 200 yoga teacher and is certified in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods. She is passionate about anatomy and kinesiology and has taught both courses in various educational settings. This knowledge is used in all of Brenda's teaching to educate and inspire her students. She recently developed rehabilitative curriculum for Intermountain Health and has presented research at IADMS.


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Solange Gomes

Solange Gomes was born in Sao Paulo (Brazil) where she received her fine arts training to become a dancer, musician and instructor. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy as a child and then went on to study several other dance techniques such as modern, contemporary, ballroom, and dances from the Brazilian folklore but starting in 1990 Solange has worked exclusively with Flamenco. Since moved to Utah, she has been teaching and/or choreographing for many institutions such as Ballet West Academy, University of Utah, SLCC, RDT, WEU, just to name some.

For the theatre, choreographed ‘Bodas de Sangre’ (2008), ‘Zorro’ (2011), ‘Oedipus the king’ (2013), and ‘Strictly Ballroom’ (2020).  For the cinema, choreographed and performed in a documentary called ‘Dancing Joy’ (by Kate Tsubata) released in 2019. In 2001 she founded the Tablado Dance Company, a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to sharing the dance, music and culture of Spain and is known for maintaining the ethnic richness of Flamenco.


John Major

John Major

John Major is an alumnus of guitar master classes of Julian Bream, Abel Carlevaro, Michael Lorimer, Oscar Ghiglia, and Humberto Sales and has taught at California State University (Sacramento, CA) and Phillips Academy (Andover, MA). He graduated Magna cum Laude in Music from Harvard University and has composed music performed in theaters and on concert stages of both coasts of North America. His solo composition, "Sea Changes", is published by Mel Bay in Michael Lorimer's "Composer Series". John always had a love for flamenco and after forty years with the classic guitar, in 2007 he gets associated with Tablado Dance Company and is since then he has been dedicating to ‘el arte de la guitarra flamenca’.


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Krystle Osby

Krystle Osby is originally from San Diego, CA, and moved to SLC, UT for graduate school. She began training in heels in February 2020 at Millennium Dance Complex and Heel in a Heel. She specializes in styles incorporating fluid movement, floor-work, burlesque, twerk, and most importantly having fun! Her favorite part about heels dance is that it is a sensual style that allows the intersection of many backgrounds of other dance styles to shine and highlight technique. She currently teaches weekly classes for Heal in a Heel and is a local burlesque performer.


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Chacho Valdez

Chacho has been Dancing since Aug 2000. He has been training in the styles of B-Boying, HipHop and House Dance. Being a shy introvert, Chacho found this form of expression as an outlet and way to say how he felt without even using his words. Since 2020 Chacho has made dance and teaching dance his full time profession, and continues to share the knowledge and movement of the Hip Hop Culture and its Dances. 


  • 2022 Fall Semester at University of Utah , School of Dance History and Movement
  • 2022 Fall semester at BYU teaching house dance foundations 
  • 2019 Utah’s Most Influential Dancer voted by Utah’s Dance Community 
  • Current Breaking and House Dance Director/Choreographer for Junction Dance Co. 
  • Current Choreographer for They Reminisce 
  • 2002 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies with Earth, Wind and Fire


Performances & Events

Performances & Events


Wednesday, March 1

Meet the Adjudicators – panel discussion
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Adjudicated Concert 1
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Kingsbury Hall

Concert 1 Program


Thursday, March 2 

Adjudicators’ Feedback, Concert 1
10:30 am – 12:00 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Regional Planning Meeting
12:00 pm– 12:45 pm, Panorama East, Union Bldg

Adjudication Concert 2
1:00-3:00 pm Kingsbury Hall

Concert 2 Program

Adjudicators’ Feedback, Concert 2
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Screendance Showing, Program 1
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Union Theatre

Screendance 1 Program

Adjudicated Concert 3
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Kingsbury Hall

Concert 3 Program 


Friday, March 3

Adjudicators’ Feedback, Concert 3
10:30 am – 12:00 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

ACDA Membership Meeting
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm, Panorama East, Union Ballroom

ADF Audition class, led by ADF faculty Gerri Houlihan 
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, MCD 240

Informal Concert 1
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Informal Concert 1 Program

Screendance Showing, Program 2
2:45 -4:15, Union Theatre


Adjudicated Concert 4
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Kingsbury Hall

Concert 4 Program


Saturday, March 4

Adjudicators’ Feedback, Concert 4
8:45 am – 10:15 am, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Gala Concert Announcement
~12:30 pm

Informal Concert 2
1:00 - 2:30 pm, MCD Hayes Christensen Theatre

Informal Concert 2 Program 

Adjudication Master Classes

Improvisational Jam
2:45 - 4:15 pm, Union Ballroom

Gala Concert 
6:30 - 9:00 pm, Kingsbury Hall


Closing night PARTY
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, Union Ballroom 

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 Sara Pickett
ACDA Northwest Conference Coordinator