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World Dance Alliance-Americas 2019 General Assembly February 13-17, 2019


World Dance Alliance-Americas 2019 General Assembly  

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Department of Theatre and Dance

February 13-17, 2019

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Dancing through / In-Between Borders

Activities will feature scholarly papers, pecha kucha presentations, panel discussions, master classes, choreolabs, and performances in differing venues.

WDAA encourages broad investigations into the following sub-themes, which address the border as a political, somatic, creative, activist, educational site of learning and community building:

  • Dance Interacting with Political and Social Spaces:  Advocacy and Change
  • Dance Interacting with Community: Health and Wellbeing
  • Interactive Performance Methodologies:  The Body as a Site for Learning
  • Theorizing Dance: The Choreographic as Interactive
  • Dancing Across Borders: Opening Interactions between Cultures

World Dance Alliance is an organization whose primary goal is to be an advocate for dance worldwide. The World Dance Alliance was created to answer the desire and need for dancers worldwide to communicate and exchange ideas on issues that are of common concern, recognizing that we have truly become a global village. Dancers, choreographers, teachers, school and company directors, critics, historians, ethnologists, notators, archivists, therapists, managers and others working in dance related fields, have all come together to create a new organization that will speak for dance in its many aspects and concerns.

UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in its region that has resulted in UTEP becoming the only research doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican American majority student population.

Proposals in each area can be submitted in English or Spanish and English, Spanish and French for Papers. While translators will be available on site, these services cannot be guaranteed. However due to the nature of the El Paso/Juarez border, fluidity between Spanish and English is an essential part of life with most people speaking and understanding both.
Interested individuals or groups may submit a maximum of two proposals for the General Assembly. For example, an individual might propose both a paper presentation and a master class. However, two submissions cannot be submitted in one category of presentation.



-The deadline for all proposals: May 30, 2018.

-Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2018.

-In order to be included in the schedule and assembly proceedings WDAA membership due by: August 1, 2018

-Registration fees will appear on the Website by June 11, 2018.

To become a member of WDAA please use the online WDAA application found at If you reside in Mexico, Central America, or South America your registration fees are discounted; however, you must still become a member of WDAA.




  • Accepted works will be performed at least once at locations determined by the WDAA Creation and Presentation Network. Locations will include site specific, black box, or proscenium stage. Max length: 20 min, unless the work is a durational/installation piece for non-conventional spaces.
  • Proposals for performance of each choreographic work or of a representative work must be submitted on Youtube/Vimeo. If submitting representative work, please also provide a brief statement of 200 words or less describing the proposed performance.
  • Performance proposals must be accompanied by the following information: name and number of performers, length, music, technical needs and must be sent as a .doc or .docx file via e-mail to Cristina Goletti in either Spanish for English.


  • Choreolabs allow choreographies to create a site specific performance during the assembly and present the work at the end of it. Choreographers will choose the site and audition dancers on the first full day of the assembly. Rehearsal times will be established at that time.
  • Proposals for choreolab must include a link to a sample of previous choreographic work on Youtube/Vimeo. Please also provide a brief statement of 200 words or less describing the proposed performance you are envisioning and the type of outdoor space you are interested in utilizing (concrete, grass, small alley, big outdoor space…)
  • Proposal must be sent as a .doc or .docx file via e-mail to Shannon Mockli at in English or at Cristina Goletti in Spanish.





  • The WDA Digital Dance Concert is a peer reviewed online presentation of videoed choreographies and dance films created specifically for the camera. It aims to offer a virtual platform for choreographers, companies, and dance filmmakers to present, promote, and disseminate their work.
  • Selected dance-for-camera works will be featured online through a digital dance concert format on the WDA-Americas website and will be screened at the assembly as well.
  • All dance genres are welcome. Films must not be more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Submissions will be evaluated based on demonstrated use of the camera and/or mobile devices that highlights the dance differently from live performance, such that the dance cannot be viewed in the same way outside of the film. Selected works will also demonstrate inventiveness and originality, cohesiveness and clarity of artistic intention, quality of choreography, performance, cinematography, and editing in relationship to the stated artistic intent.
  • Submitting artists are responsible for holding copyright permission for any elements used in the film that require permission such as music and text. The following resources may be of assistance for information on music copyright:
  • For all questions please contact Zihao Li (, Ilana Goldman (, Shannon Mockli (, or Melissa Sanderson (
  • Proposals must be accompanied by the following information: director, choreographer, editor, artist’s intent, photography (if applicable), and sent to Ilana Goldman ( together with a Vimeo/Youtube link to the film you are submitting.




  • All proposals must be submitted in English, Spanish or French. Individual scholarly presentations should be no more than 8-10 pages papers (20 min). Groups of three or more individual presenters may propose a panel presentation of no more than 60 minutes total with additional 15 min time available for questions and discussion.
  • For individual presentation proposals send a 250 words abstract; for panel proposals 500 words abstract.
  • Proposals must be sent as a .doc or .docx file via e-mail to Dr. Lisa Fusillo in English and Jilissa Cotten in Spanish and Catherine Limbertie for French.

Pecha Kucha Presentations


  • Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are timed to be shown each for 20 seconds (no more than 7 minutes total). Scholars who have developed a strong research focus but are in the beginning processes of writing and presenting their research are encouraged to present in this format.This format is especially good for graduate students wanting to clarify research purpose statements and gather feedback and possible insights from other researchers.
  • Initial submissions are in the form of a 250-word abstract summarizing the topic, methodology, and summary of the research to date.
  • All proposal materials both in English or Spanish must be submitted electronically to Jilissa Cotten
  • If selected, more detailed instructions on the Pecha Kucha format will be provided.




  • Master classes/ Workshops are 90 minutes in length.
  • Master class proposals should be no more than 250 words in length. Please note proposals must be accompanied by the following information: tech requirements and expected level of students.
  • Proposals must be sent as a .doc or .docx file via e-mail to Julie Mulvihill at for both English and Spanish.

For general questions about the Event or the proposal process, please contact Cristina Goletti at
*All are encouraged to assist in the distribution of this call for proposals by sharing it with colleagues and other potentially interested parties.


To be included in all proposals



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Brief Bio (150 words or less, it will be included in the event guide, so please take time to craft your bio carefully):






By submitting an application and video link, you hereby agree to the WDA Materials Release Agreement:






































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