Dancing Legacy is the performing and teaching ensemble of American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI). ADLI is dedicated to enabling individuals to appreciate and participate in the rich dance heritage of the United States of America and recognize it as a cultural asset relevant to all. Founded in 1993 by the trailblazing Adams sisters—Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI is housed at Brown University's Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Operating on a project-by-project basis, ADLI partners with artists, educators, cultural heritage professionals, varied specialists, and supporters to carry out activities in communities across the nation. These activities center around assisting dance artists in passing on their work through developing Repertory Etudes—short dances based on signature works of American choreographers. Find out more on ADLI's web site.
A company of independent dancers, Dancing Legacy is committed to ADLI’s mission of preserving and sharing American dance heritage. Dancing Legacy performs as featured artists in ADLI events and also as part of extended residencies, as guest performers with other companies, and independently in showcases. The performing repertory includes both significant works of the 20th century and new contemporary choreography representing the dance legacy being created in our own time. In addition to performing, members play a central role in creating and delivering ADLI’s Repertory Etudes by taking part in development retreats and conducting teaching residencies with dance students across the country. Dancing Legacy maintains a flexible “jazz ensemble” format and invites guest artists to join for selected projects and performances.
As both an active performance ensemble and a teaching corps, Dancing Legacy stands apart for its unique emphasis on the process by which great works of dance are passed on to new generations of audiences and performers. While dance as a field tends to celebrate the creation of new work, Dancing Legacy works to recognize the equally crucial need for a thoughtful, collaborative process to ensure that existing works are preserved and shared authentically. On stage, in the studio, and in the classroom, the company members are frontline representatives for ADLI’s philosophy of reflective, collaborative, and creative practice in communicating the dynamic heritage of American dance.