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.

Maggie Lockhart |   Marketing Adviser and DETI Team Member  |  Contact:

Maggie is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator. 

With a keen interest in bolstering educational programing and raising the visibility of dance, Maggie has worked with the administrations of Doug Varone and Dancers, DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation, Steps On Broadway and ClancyWorks. Originally from Columbia, Maryland and a graduate from Goucher College, Maggie taught for numerous New York City and DC/MD based institutions including The School at Steps (children’s division of Steps On Broadway), Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, The Hudson Guild, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Imagination Stage, Turning Pointe Dance Academy and Dance Expressions.  She has performed/collaborated with NYC companies including SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions, Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, The National Ballet, Glade Dance Collective, and SylviDances among others. She also served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City.  As a guest teacher Maggie taught at several collegiate institutions including Davis & Elkins College, Howard Community College and Gallaudet University. 

She proudly holds her Cecchetti Ballet Professional Advanced level Certificate as a dancer as well as her Professional Intermediate teaching certificate.  In addition to serving as Secretary of the East Coast Committee Board of the Cecchetti Council Of America, Maggie is also a recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship to study the method in Michigan.

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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