Repertory Etudes

Repertory Etudes are short dances based on signature works of American choreographers, available to the public with unprecedented access for study, viewing, and performance. As with the study of a detail in a painting or a musical motif, the larger work and the choreographer are discovered in the RepEtude through re-examination, reflection, and performance.

Until the Repertory Etudes Collection, dance was the only art form seeking to perpetuate its legacy and educate the next generation without providing the public with ongoing access to repertory and materials. Now, just as anyone can study and perform music from Bach to Duke Ellington or theatre from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, ADLI grants access to dance works by historical and contemporary choreographers on an ongoing and intimate basis.

A revolutionary concept in the field of dance, these challenging studies stand on their own as concert pieces and also as rich tools for improving dance technique and performance skills. They provide any individual, particularly an educator, with usable source material for lifelong learning about dance. Repertory Etudes offer the opportunity to explore, discuss, and appreciate American dance’s personal and cultural relevance.

RepEtude-based programming is offered through the Repertory Etude Campaign.