"The postmodern dance scene
has found a new home in
suburban Washington, DC."
-Dance Magazine, 2014
"ADI has become the region's
leading edge of edge."
-The Washington Post

ADI: Advancing artistic excellence through education,
performance and a strong commitment to the
development of new works.


Performance Series

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.

ADI National Incubator

As a presenting organization, we believe that it is our obligation to support the creation of new works as much as we celebrate the product.  We also believe that the future of American contemporary dance is dependent on artists having the resources and time to finalize the complex coming together of movement and technology in advance of a national premier.  ADI’s National Incubator is a residency program designed to support celebrated American choreographers during this critical phase of development.  Each residency culminates in a public showing  giving our Washington DC Metro Audience the opportunity to witness the advent of new work.
National Incubator artists have included David Neumann, Dan Hurlin,  and Joshua Beamish.

Israeli Contemporary Dance

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.


With the goal of supporting the work of American choreographers as they gain prominence on the national contemporary dance scene, ADI’s Commissioned Artist program provides one choreographer per year with commissioning funds, fee-free fiscal sponsorship, strategic marketing and development support, and a presentation of the commissioned work. The program deepens ADI’s already strong commitment to the development of new works and aims to support artists at a crucial moment in their careers.

Ballet ADI

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 Performance programs began in September 2010 with financial support from Solange MacArthur.


DanceUSAADI is a member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.