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 provides Extension dancers with opportunities to apprentice with company-in-residence Dancing Legacy; to engage in scholarly research, archival documentation, and curriculum design; to perform and teach with local schools and community organizations; and to gain 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.
ADLI also supports the broader Brown dance community by sponsoring master classes, workshops, seminars, and performances by renowned guest artists and scholars. ADLI facilitates an ongoing partnership with the New York State Summer School of the Arts that offers summer internship opportunities to Brown students.