About Dancing Legacy
Dancing Legacy cultivates and expands the work of dance icons Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, Our company members are frontline representatives of the Adams sisters' reflective, collaborative, and creative practice in communicating the dynamic heritage of American dance.
An ensemble of independent dancers, Dancing Legacy performs in showcases, as guest performers with other companies, and annually as a company-in-residence with American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University and at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance. Our performing repertory includes Repertory Etudes, significant works of the 20th century, and contemporary choreography representing the dance legacy being created in our own time. Company members also create or set work on the ensemble, bringing to that work a broad understanding of legacy.
In addition to performing, members conduct teaching residencies with dance students across the country and play a central role in Repertory Etudes development retreats. While dance as a field tends to celebrate the creation of new work, we recognize the equally crucial need for existing works to be preserved and shared authentically. Our approach highlights the role the performer plays in bringing choreography to life, instilling in dancers the sense of responsibility both to the original choreography and their own individual relationship with it. We are committed to guiding learners in understanding the intention behind the movement, rather than an imitation of the effect of the movement.
Although Dancing Legacy is based in Rhode Island, our company maintains a flexible “jazz ensemble” format with members living across the USA and guest artists joining for selected projects and performances.
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