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.

Artistic Staff
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.

Truly Bennett  |   2019 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.

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.


Dance Educator's Training Institute

DETI is Going Virtual!

Our annual Dance Educator's Training Institute (DETI) is scheduled to take place August 17-19, 2020.

This year, we've decided to take DETI online, due to COVID-19.

While we are saddened not to be able to hold DETI in person, we are excited to welcome people from around the world, who might not otherwise be able to join us! We will have more information about DETI Online in the coming days.

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