Artistic Director

Adrienne Clancy Solo Flight. Photo by Fernando Silva
Adrienne Clancy, Ph.D. , M.F.A. (Founding & Artistic Director)

Proclaimed “a wizard of invention,” by the Washington Post, Adrienne Clancy is a Maryland based dance artist. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” (Washington Post) her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed among diverse artists. Assured to be simultaneously dynamic yet extremely human, the choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates potent images that embrace diversity and community awareness.

Over the past twenty years, Clancy has choreographed and performed throughout the world: She was invited to perform at the first Suzanne Dellal International World Dance Competition in Tel Aviv; and, the sole student choreographer to represent the United States in the International College Dance Festival in Kobe, Japan, which toured to Tokyo and other Japanese cities. Adrienne has taught and performed at the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and toured her work along side the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Internationally, Clancy’s work has been presented in Australia, Colombia, England, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and Poland. She has received numerous awards for her choreographic work (over 150 dances), which in addition to the above listed countries, has been presented nationally in 20 states.

Clancy was a performing member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company; a Rehearsal Director, Project Director, and Company Member for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; a principal dancer for Nora Reynolds Dance, Paradigm Dance Company, and a guest artist for: Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Victoria Marks, Bill Evans Dance Company, Doug Hamby Dance, and Cathy Paine Mixed Media. Clancy has learned and performed repertory created by Bebe Miller, Sarah Gamblin, Pat Catterson, Rachel Harms, Jeffery Gunshol, Judith Steel, Martha Curtis, and Chris Burnside. In addition to directing ClancyWorks, Clancy currently collaborates with Sandra Lacy to co-choreograph and perform duets.

Clancy recently completed a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). In addition, she holds a MFA in Dance from TWU, and a MA in Dance, emphasis in History & Criticism from University of New Mexico. Clancy penned the foreword for Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, a book written by Bill Evans and published by the National Dance Association in 2006. She has been on the faculty for numerous university dance programs across the country. Adrienne Clancy is honored to receive awards for her teaching and choreography, the most recent being an invitation to present on 2016 TEDx Midatlantic and a Keynote Speech (2016) for the Anne Arundel Arts Council, the 2014 County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Education Award, and the 2014 Individual Artist Award for Choreography from the MD State Arts Council as well as from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the NDEO 2013 Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year Award.

As the Founding and Artistic Director, Dr. Adrienne Clancy dedicates her artistic life to ClancyWorks: a greater DC area based non-profit company consisting of highly qualified local and national artists. Clancy is the Founding Director of the Dance Educators Training Institute (DETI), a professional development workshop for artists and educators that has been in existence since 2007. Through the motto, Shifting Perceptions Through Performance ClancyWorks uses the arts as a vehicle to develop mutual understanding, advance positive social action, and develop emerging artists and educators. ClancyWorks has recently been included in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “one of the best” community-based nonprofit organizations in the region.