Dedicated to the preservation & dissemination of great choreography
Providence Rhode Island 02912
|The American Dance Legacy Institute|
Julie A. Strandberg, Executive Director
Carolyn Adams, Curator
Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Brown University Creative Arts Council, and Brown University Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance.
The American Dance Legacy Institute, based in both New York and at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island, documents and preserves dances (both historical and contemporary) by important modern choreographers.|
In addition ADLI makes these dances available to studios, schools, independent teachers and their students. ANYONE and EVERYONE has access to these masterworks thereby allowing many more people the opportunity to experience exceptional choreography.
ADLI has nine Etude videos available or nearing completion*. The video shows the complete dance, an overview of each section (for larger moves) and a more detailed discussion which covers finer movements and intent. When dancers are moving differently, but at the same time, there is a color-coded visual breakdown of who's doing what when. Each video comes with a labanotation, music for the dance (in cd format) and biographical, historical and related information. ADLI provides all this at a very low price, quite comparable to any dance video, but these have been exhaustively researched and beautifully constructed to provide quality instruction.
In addition, ADLI has six video documentaries on famous choreographed dances and folk dances as well as eight Research-Based Curricular Materials with lesson plans included for teachers interested in providing an in-depth historical and sociological context for their students. More details, an order form and how to order are available at the ADLI WEBSITE.
WHY DO DANCERS & STUDENTS NEED TO WORK WITH MASTER WORKS?
It is difficult to appreciate an art if you haven't experienced it in some depth, and dance has long suffered from a certain amount of unavailability. The goal of the Institute is to not only preserve important choreography, but allow the public to develop an understanding and a grounding in dance in the same way that people learn and develop an interest in music or the visual arts. Dancers, like other artists, benefit greatly by the ability to intensively study great works of dance.
ADLI ALSO RUNS WORKSHOPS & DANCE FESTIVALS, WORKS WITH SCHOOLS, AND PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS
ANNUAL WINTER MINI MEST
(between Brown & Thayer)
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Providence Rhode Island
Concert Reservations 401-863-7596
The Weekend Mini-Dance Festival is usually held the first Saturday in March and offers workshops and lectures by nationally reknowned teachers, choreographers and dance historians. The Festival always includes an Intermediate/Advanced dance class for adults & teens in modern, African or jazz dance, an evening concert which features new work and well as re-created masterworks, information on ADLI as well as Videos and dance materials for sale. Other offerings change yearly and may include:
An advanced class where people can learn a dance or Etude by the choreographer
A children's class taught by Brown dance students or ADLI staff members.
Videos of dance documentaries
Lectures by a visiting experts
All Classes & Lectures are Free and Open to the Public. The concert is $15.00 and always sells out prior to the performance date so call or email in advance for reservations.
MINI FEST 2004
Schedules for previous Festivals can be seen at
MINI FEST 2003
MINI FEST 2002
THE SUSAN BENENSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR YOUNG DANCERS
ADLI shepherds the Susan Benenson Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for needy and deserving young dancers who are serious in their training and are pursuing careers in dance. Priority is given to those from New York State. See http://www.adli.us/scholarships.html for more details.
MATERIALS AVAILABLE NOW OR SHORTLY
ETUDES - Short dances or variations by Robert Battle, Danny Buraczeski(jazz), Danny Grossman, Jose Limon, Sophie Maslow, David Parsons, Pearl Primus, Anna Sokolow, and Donald McKayle.
IMAGES & REFLECTIONS DOCUMENTARIES - Mary Anthony, Jean Leon Destine, Eva Gentry, The Village I Knew (Sophie Maslow), Rainbow Round My Shoulder (Donald McKayle), and Daniel Nagrin.
RESEARCH-BASED CURRICULAR MATERIALS - The New Dance Group Anthlogy, Jean Leon Destine, Dancing Rebels.