American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) transforms how people think about and experience dance through collaborative programming that connects with American heritage and builds a dance literate public. Founded in 1993 by the trailblazing Adams sisters—Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI is housed at Brown's Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage to strengthen a shared commitment to public engagement with the arts and culture. ADLI's performing and teaching ensemble, Dancing Legacy, leads activities with ADLI's network of artists, educators, specialists, and supporters from across the nation.

ADLI's activities include:

  • Repertory Etudes Collection: Assisting dance artists in passing on their work through developing Repertory Etudes —short dances based on signature works of American choreographers
  • Residencies: Offering Repertory Etude  residencies that build literacy, investigate authenticity, and nurture an individual relationship to the dances
  • Events: Producing workshops, performances, installations, exhibits, and Mini-Fests designed to engage participants with multiple points of entry
  • Professional Development: Providing training and workshops in ADLI’s methodologies for practitioners in dance, arts, and cultural heritage
  • Community Engagement: Bringing 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

Connections to other Brown programs: