American Dance Legacy Initiative

Brown student performs in Rockefeller Library for the opening of an ADLI-curated dance exhibit.Brown student performs in Rockefeller Library for the opening of an ADLI-curated dance exhibit.

American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) produces innovative materials and programs designed to engage artists, educators, and the general public with participatory viewing and dancing experiences. Founded in 1993 by dance pioneers Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI is housed at Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities. It is a crucial part of the Center’s commitment to public engagement with the arts and culture and its interest in connecting performance and public humanities. ADLI gives public humanities students an opportunity to practice integrating the arts into schools and to create workshops and events for diverse audiences, connecting the Center with a range of cultural and educational institutions.

ADLI artists lead a workshop for non-dancers in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.ADLI artists lead a workshop for non-dancers in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

 

ADLI partners with a broad, geographically diverse network of organizations, inter-generational practitioners, and dance enthusiasts to carry out its activities on Brown’s campus and in communities across the nation. ADLI’s activities include:

  • Repertory EtudesTM Collection: ADLI assists dance artists in the passing on of their work through developing Repertory EtudesTM (short dances based on signature works of American choreographers) and assembling archival materials through interactive projects involving a range of practitioners and scholars from diverse viewpoints
  • Residencies: ADLI artists offer Repertory EtudeTM residencies that build literacy, investigate authenticity, and nurture an individual relationship to the dances
  • Events: ADLI produces workshops, performances, installations, exhibits, and Mini-Fests designed to engage participants with multiple points of entry
  • Professional Development: ADLI provides training in ADLI’s teaching methodology and workshops for practitioners in dance, arts, and cultural heritage
  • Community Engagement: ADLI brings together Brown, the greater Providence community, and the nation to celebrate America’s rich dance heritage together through ongoing and stand-alone workshops and projects.


ADLI transforms how people think about and experience dance through collaborative programming that connects with American heritage and builds a dance literate public.

Public Humanities students work with Central Falls High School students to create performance-based installation.Public Humanities students work with Central Falls High School students to create performance-based installation.

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