ADLI brings national dance artists to Brown to lead residencies and workshops that directly connect Brown students with signature works and styles of American choreographers, providing unique training in dance technique and history.
Dance Extension, a modern dance repertory company, was established at Brown in 1979 by ADLI co-founder Julie Adams Strandberg on the premise that the training of dancers must include the opportunity to perform, teach, and revisit masterworks. While the dancers in the company are encouraged and supported to create their own work, they also have the rare opportunity to work with some of our most revered choreographers and some of our most exciting contemporary innovators. ADLI supports the mission of Dance Extension by providing company members access to the Repertory Etudes and other works; opportunities to engage in scholarly research, archival documentation, and curriculum design; and with administrative experiences in non-profit organization. Through ADLI, Extension dancers work with some of the legends of American Dance and share workshops, seminars, education projects, and performances with other dancers from throughout the country.
The Brown University dance community is vast and diverse. A curricular/co-curricular program, housed in the the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, provides courses in modern dance technique, choreography, dance history, West African dance, and performance and repertory. A vigorous student-run extra-curricular program provides a creative outlet for students wishing to explore a range of styles including hip hop, lyrical ballet, belly dancing, tap, step, breakin', salsa, swing, and ballroom. ADLI supports this diverse community by sponsoring master classes, workshops, seminars, and performances by renowned guest artists and scholars.