Background

ClancyWorks On Taking Steps to Climbing Mountains. Photo by Enoch Chan

The ClancyWorks Dance Company MISSION STATEMENT is to:

  • Increase the public appetite for and understanding of the arts by presenting high quality dance performances and educational programs
  • Expand the relevance of dance in people's lives by demonstrating that creative movement can be used to solve conflicts, develop community cohesion, improve academic achievement, and promote civic responsibility
  • Nurture leadership skills and artistic excellence in emerging artists.

ClancyWorks Dance Company is a collective of performing artists directed by Adrienne Clancy. The members of our company have more than 80 years collectively of dance and choreographic experiences. Together we have held major choreographic, performance, and administrative positions in numerous nationally recognized companies, festivals, and universities. We produce choreography that is physically demanding, powerful, evocative and ultimately profoundly human. In our dancing, we lift, press, roll, leap, climb, resist, surrender, stack and build, using our bodies to construct poignant images that can shift perceptions of self and society. Our company offers this unique approach to choreography through Clancy's creative process, which involves architecturally informed partnering work developed from the contributions of a diverse group of dancers. Clancy conceives and formulates choreographic structures and challenges for the company members to help solve.  Then the company members offer movement contributions and ideas to help build the work to a larger and more expansive idea. Clancy then works to mold the dance into a cohesive thought, a spiraling process that incorporates and blends the ideas of the dancers in a manner that highlights their voice, but is also in keeping with the ClancyWorks aesthetic – a practice we call “architectural partnering.”

Now in our fifteenth  season as a Maryland-based dance company, ClancyWorks performs its repertory regionally, nationally and internationally on the touring rosters of Maryland State Arts Council, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (www.creativemoco.org)  and Alternate ROOTS (alternate-roots.org). Clancy's work has been presented in Australia, Colombia, England, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania , Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. As part of our mission to shift perceptions and promote positive social action through dance, we conduct Arts in Education programs in collaboration with the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Public School System, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, and Fairfax County Public School System. In the past 14 years that the company has been founded, we have conducted successful, creative and effective residencies for Arts in Education programs in afterschool, K-12 and university/collegiate settings nationally and internationally.

Current projects for the Company and its members include: presenting national and local performances; conducting numerous workshops to participants of all ages and all levels of ability at national conferences, universities, public and private schools K-12; participating in panel discussions at national conferences such as NDEO, MAHPERD, NDA; adjudicating the work of emerging artists; and coaching youth artists as performers, educators and choreographers at state and county dance festivals as well as inherently in all of our programming.

Activities and Accomplishments:
University residencies and choreographic commissions around the country: ClancyWorks has successfully completed over 300 residencies structured in a variety of formats to address the specific needs of participating communities.

Performances: We have presented our work in traditional, non-traditional, and site-specific venues, as part of architecturally and culturally informed lecture-demonstrations and within collaborative showcases. In one performance that highlights the blending of physical movement with the concept of the “built” environment and demonstrates the risk-taking capacities of the dancers, the company members, working inside an imposing church structure, jumped, glided, stretched, melted, and hung from openings 12 feet off the ground. (See our list of touring rosters).

Collaborations: We frequently present festivals, like the Creative Convergence Festival to create networking possibilities among other arts groups. SquidWorks, a collaborative endeavor, bringing together performance organization with similar missions: to utilize the arts to advance social action.

Education of youth about healthy alternatives to violence and drugs. We conduct workshops to address the pervasive issue of violence and drugs for the youth community. ClancyWorks has been the Company in Residence for the DARE® (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Dance Program in the public schools of Baltimore, MD, with workshops co-taught by ClancyWorks Company members and Baltimore County Police Officers.

Arts in Education programs: We provide arts integration residencies, master classes, workshops, afterschool programs, school assemblies, and youth mentoring for Montgomery County, the Baltimore County, and Fairfax County public schools. (See our list of artist rosters).

Intensives and workshops: Workshops include participants of all ages and all levels of ability and highlight our company's mission by combining artistic creation, community building, and education. Our intensive programs, like the Dance Educator Training Institute, held for a week each summer, help dance professionals expand their skills, tools and pedagogical practices.

Other work: Panel discussions at festivals and conferences; adjudicating the work of emerging artists; coaching young artists; facilitation training; and participatory key-note addresses.

ClancyWorks company members think outside of the box. Out of the ordinary workshops include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Arts in Education and Arts Integration Programs (connecting art to standard curriculum)
  • Arts and Activism
  • Arts Facilitation and Feedback
  • Composition and Crafting Choreography
  • Dance History and Appreciation
  • Improvisation and Creating Spontaneous Performances
  • Partnering on an organizational level
  • Progressive Dance Techniques such as Ballet, Breakdance, Contemporary Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Partnering and Performance Techniques
  • Site Specific work
  • Teacher and artist training
  • Relaxation, Recuperation and BodyWork techniques
  • Writing about Dancing