Adrienne Clancy Ph.D., M.F.A.  |   Founding Director  |  Contact:


Adrienne is a dance artist and proclaimed “wizard of invention” by the Washington Post. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed among diverse artists. Simultaneously dynamic and emotionally perceptive, Clancy’s choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates images that embrace diversity and foster community awareness.

She is honored to receive awards for her teaching and choreography, the most recent being the NDEO 2013 Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year Award, 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. READ HER FULL BIO HERE.

Mathew Heggem  |  Associate Artistic Director |  Contact:


For over fourteen years, Mathew has worked alongside Adrienne in varying capacities as an artist, educator and arts administrator. As a dancer, in addition to working with ClancyWorks, Mathew has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Clyde Forth Visual Theater and Jennifer Monson. He was a soloist for historical reconstructions of Ted Shawn and Doris Humphrey’s works as part of ‘The Art of the Solo.’ For over 14 years, he has presented his own work at arts festivals, cabarets and theaters throughout the Northeast, including: Cabaret Cataplexy; Queer Art Impact’s ‘Come As You Are’ Festival and Gay Wars; various evenings at Dixon Place, The Tank, CPR (Center for Performance Research), Arts On Site, the New Dance Alliance’s ‘Performance Mix Festival’, the Gloucester New Arts Festival, and the Transmodern Festival, as part of a duet company, Kineasthesia, co-directed with artist Wendell Cooper, and as co-founder of NYC-based dance company, Left Side Labs, with collaborator Emma Batman. He was also an artist in residence for the acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artist Program. As an arts educator, he has been on faculty at the Goucher Summer Arts Institute and Experimental Movement Concepts, was a resident artist for the Trinity College LaMaMa Summer Arts program, and taught workshops for various colleges, high schools and private performing arts institutions. Mathew holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College and completed a two-year certification in Awareness Through Movement at The Feldenkrais Institute. Beyond the studio, Mathew is a recongized business leader, speaker and writer, and serves as Chief Marketing Strategist for various organizations, as well as co-founding Neuland Alliance, Left Side Labs and ARTSLAB.

Krystal Leniece Collins
Krystal Leniece Collins​  |   Company Member, Teaching Artist  | Contact:


Krystal is a cornfed, midwestern-born dance maker/educator, rising community organizer, serial hobbyist and recent graduate. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she performed in many works by UIUC professors, students, and guest artists including: C. Kemal Nance PhD, Renée Wadleigh, Michelle Gibson, Linda Lehovec and Abby Zbikowski. Her artistry is informed by Black womanhood and contemporary/traditional practices of the African diaspora. Krystal’s work has been shown at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (2016-2018) and recently shown at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a part of the National College Dance Festival (2018). She is excited to continue growing as a dancer, choreographer and educator!

Leila Mire
Leila Mire  |   Company Member, Teaching Artist  | Contact:


Leila is a native of Knoxville, TN where she trained and toured with the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble in Knoxville, TN. Upon graduating, she attended George Mason and received her BFA in Dance Performance from the Honors College. Throughout her dance career, she has performed, taught, and published works in an array of different mediums. She looks forward to continuing her dance journey with Clancyworks this season.

Juan Pablo Roblesgil
Juan Pablo Roblesgil  |   Company Member, Teaching Artist  | Contact:


Juan Pablo had his first approach to modern dance in High School with the student company Tiempos de Danza, directed by Mayra Ortega who was one of his first teachers and introduced him to Graham Technique and Ballet. He pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, part of the National Institute of Fine Arts – Mexico, where he graduated in 2015. As a student he attended the American Dance Festival under a scholarship and at the end of that summer, joined the Sunny Savoy Company and performed all around the state of Nuevo León and Mexico City. After graduation he joined Cuerpo Etéreo Contemporary Dance Company lead by his fellow teachers Jaime Sierra and Brisa Escobedo. Along with his career as a performer, he also has experience teaching different dance styles such as Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. He has taught in studio settings and also public schools to a wide age range.

In 2017 he moved to San Antonio, Texas to explore his own voice as an independent performer and choreographer. There he joined the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Dance Umbrella, a non-profit organization promoting dance performances and training around the city. He worked as an Arts Administration Intern for the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC for the summer of 2018. There he strengthened his administrative skills and worked closely with several world-renowned dance companies alongside the ADF office staff and teachers. Juan Pablo has explored dance extensively, having attended numerous International Festivals, Competitions, and Workshops around the United States, Mexico and Cuba.

Truly Bennett  |   DETI Coordinator  | Contact:

Originally from Detroit, Truly Bennett is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Educator. She has taught workshops and set pieces at various institutions throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Japan, and Costa Rica. Bennett received her BFA in Dance Education from East Carolina University, her MFA in Dance from Hollins University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Art Theory and Philosophy through the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Focusing on her experiences as a Blerd woman in America, Bennett strives to create works that provoke discomfort and discussion. She is fond of multi-generational casts, seeking to provide opportunities for older dancers to remain active in the dance community, and for younger dancers to learn firsthand from those of prior generations.

Chelsie Esek  |   Administrative Assistant  | Contact:


Chelsie began her formal dance training at GottaDance Studios in her hometown, Missouri City, located in Houston, Texas. Chelsie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas where she double-majored and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. While at the University of North Texas, she studied Advanced Modern, Contemporary, African movement, Choreography, and Laban Movement Analysis under Robin Lakes, Shelley Cushman, Claudia-Howard Queen, Mary Lynn Babcock, Teresa Cooper, and Amiti Perry. Since graduating, she has collaborated with many companies including ClancyWorks Dance Company, and RawArts Dance, and the ZionDance Project. Chelsie is also a board certified Speech-Language Pathologist and will be graduating May 2019 with her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University.  She currently supports ClancyWorks administrative team by offering support in grant writing, research, fund-raising and marketing.

Rachel Martin  |   Administrative Assistant  | Contact:


Rachel has a BA in Ancient Studies/Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College. She is a Maryland native with a background in the arts and education. She has been working in nonprofit administration for four years, and is now halfway through a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Northeastern University. In addition to providing administrative support to ClancyWorks, Rachel has worked with VisArts, where she ran the volunteer program and performed numerous support tasks for the galleries. She also interned with the Montgomery County Historical Society, the Navy Art Gallery, and the New York Public Library. She has seven years of teaching experience, focusing on English, history, and study skills. Outside of work, Rachel is a freelance jewelry designer and teaches classes in writing.


Karen Bernstein
Artistic Advisor


Karen Bernstein’s professional dance career spans 40 years and includes performing as principal dancer with six professional dance companies nationally and internationally; directing two dance companies; teaching at numerous universities and private studios; working as a master teaching artist; and presenting workshops at conferences, universities, and art organizations throughout the US and abroad. She is presently working as a dance consultant for various art organizations in the Washington, DC area. Through her career she has had the pleasure and honor to work with Twyla Tharp, Murray Louis, May O’Donnell, Hannah Kahn, Ohad Naharin, Rachel Lampert, Phyllis Lamhut, Anna Sokolow, Matthew Diamond, Senta Driver, Pat Catterson, Viola Farber, Mel Wong, Bill Evans, Doug Varone, Jan Van Dyke, and Eric Hampton. In 2010, she received the Dance Metro DC Alan M. Kreigsman Award in recognition for her ongoing artistic and community service.