Currently resides:I divide my time between Providence and Nashua, New Hampshire, and I spend time each year in New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York, and Palm Beach County, Florida, with other travel for work and leisure.
What ADLI means to me: I have worked with American Dance Legacy Initiative for over 15 years and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to share the amazing legacy of American dance. The quality, rigorous repertory is key...everyone wants to dig in and rise to the challenge, whether novice or trained dancer. And because so little is known about American dance, it is exciting to awaken people to its richness.
Education/training: My mother and aunt are dancers and ran a dance studio with their parents in Harlem, NYC, so I grew up training, performing, and teaching in the family business. I graduated from Brown University and studied many styles including Graham, Limon, and Taylor in New York City, at the American Dance Festival, and at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. I hold a certificate from New York City's 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory.
I love working one-on-one with dancers and bringing things out of them that they didn't know they could do!
Professional experience: Outside of ADLI, I have led a freelance professional career, performing and choreographing in a wide range of venues. I worked briefly with two companies: Fusionworks based in RI and Liz Lerman's former company Dancers of the Third Age based in the DC metro area. I am most passionate about teaching and coaching dance and have worked with all ages and skill levels in every setting you can imagine.
Favorite dance memory: I had my choreographic debut at age 11, when I got my gym teachers to give up their physical education periods for me to create a dance on my classmates. The music was the theme from Chariots of Fire.
Spending lots of time with my nephews means I get to do fun kid things--like bouncy houses--on a regular basis.
What I do for fun: I enjoy spending time with my treasured nephews, studying the Bible, following sports, and watching TiVo in high definition.
On my bucket list: I want to see all 50 states. I've been to 44 so far - many via fun family road trips across the spectacular American landscape.
About my name: I learned much about living a creative life from my paternal grandmother, Harriet Bennett Strandberg (1914-1991), a painter who brought the spirit of the artist to everything she touched. I took the name Bennett as a public tribute to a private legacy.