ADI: Advancing artistic excellence through education,
performance and a strong commitment to the
development of new works.
Under the direction of former Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Erin Du, ADI’s School offers dance instruction in a variety of styles for children ages 4-18 and adults. Youth may enroll in one of two tracks of study: ADI’s School of Ballet, a pre-professional ballet-focused track, or ADI’s School of Dance Theatre, a recreational track comprised of a variety of dance styles such as tap, hip hop, modern dance, jazz, flamenco and acting. Adult offerings include ballet, tap, flamenco and stretch classes. Through ADI’s Future Artists Endowment Fund, the organization grants $25,000 in financial aid and merit scholarships to students annually.
ADI launched its Performance Series in 2011, becoming one of a limited number of presenters in the Washington DC Metro area dedicated to contemporary dance. With a commitment to presenting cutting-edge dance companies, ADI has earned a reputation as leading progressive dance venue, with the Washington Post stating, ” ADI has become the region’s leading edge of edge”.
Performance Series dance companies have included Jane Comfort and Company, David Dorfman Dance, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Brian Brooks Moving Company, Joe Goode, David Neumann and Jodi Melnick, among others.
National Incubator artists have included David Neumann, Dan Hurlin, and Joshua Beamish.
Under the direction of former Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Runqiao Du, ADI’s resident dance company features classical and contemporary ballet works performed by professional dancers working in the Washington DC Metro area. Performances have featured new works choreographed by Du as well as excerpts from classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Le Corsaire.
ADI’s Israeli Contemporary Dance program is dedicated to the exploration, celebration and presentation of dance artists from one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative dance scenes. Each season ADI will present a US-based contemporary Israeli dance company and/or an Israel-based contemporary dance company, bringing to the Washington DC area some of today’s most ground-breaking dance makers. During ADI’s 2013-2014 performance season, New York City-based Israeli contemporary dance company Lee Saar The Company will bring the unique movement style known as “gaga” to ADI’s theatre in February 2014. ADI staff will also be traveling to Tel Aviv in November 2013 to become immersed in the Israeli contemporary dance scene and identify companies to present at ADI.
ADI was co-founded in September 2000 by Pamela Booth Bjerknes, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the late Michael Bjerknes, a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet with financial support from Solange MacArthur.