Adrienne Clancy | Founding Director |

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 2017 Individual Artist Award for Choreography from the MD State Arts Council as well as from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She was invited to speak at the TEDx Midatlantic Conference in 2016 about arts integration techniques in the classroom, and was interviewed in 2018 by NBC Local’s Harris’ Heroes program and in 2020 by Montgomery Community Media’s Studio 501c3 about ClancyWorks’ arts in education programs. READ HER FULL BIO HERE.

Devon Wallace | Teaching Artist/Performer |

Trained both in the studio and the streets since his teenage years, Devon “Steel Toe” Wallace is a versatile and energetic dancer, choreographer and performing artist who has become an invaluable asset to all whom he has worked with. Originally trained in the basics of jazz, contemporary and commercial choreography, the breadth of his dance knowledge has expanded to include many styles such as African, House, Locking, Hip-Hop Freestyle and Stepping. His talents and versatility have allowed him to work continuously with Professional Baltimore-based Theater Arts Company ArtsCentric, holding principle roles in projects such Alice in Wonderland: A Danc-ical, Snapshots: A Danc-ical, and DreamGirls. He has participated in many showcases and competitions, making a name for himself in the DMV area through his high-energy movements and style. Devon is a founding member of the DMV dance crew Delicious Lawn Gnomes (DLG). He has also trained in Tae Kwon Do with Master Robert C. McDuffie of DC Dragons Training Center, allowing him to maintain a lead role in the dance and martial arts fusion company Dancarate’ run by LaTisha McDuffie. Devon works as a professional flash mob choreographer and coordinator and has credits with many upcoming and established music artists, including Nefertiitii, Devin White, Kim Scott, Chuck Brown, Adnan Sami and Darren “The Soul Entertainer” Smith. Devon teaches in many in-school and after-school programs for the youth, such as the Little Friends for Peace organization and the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. He has recently worked very closely with Adrienne Clancy’s ClancyWorks company, furthering his commitment to bringing the benefits of dance to the younger generation. He is a member of two professional DMV-based dance companies: Soul in Motion, an African dance and drumming company led by Micheal Friend, and BMore Houseful, a house dance company led by DMV House legend, Esperonto Bean. Devon is an insatiable student of dance whose mission is to share his infectious energy and talents with as many people as possible, whether it be on the stage, on the dance floor or in the streets.

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.

Maggie Lockhart | Marketing Advisor and DETI Team Member |

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 has 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 and Imagination Stage. 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, Blueshift Dance Company and SylviDances among others. She also served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City.

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. As a guest teacher Maggie has taught at several collegiate institutions including Davis & Elkins College, Howard Community College and Gallaudet University. She currently teaches at Turning Pointe Dance Academy and Dance Expressions in Maryland.

Olivia Alsamadi | Marketing Coordinator |

A mover, dancer, artist, and scholar, Olivia Alsamadi is a recent graduate of the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and Communications and Marketing Coordinator for ClancyWorks Dance Company. During her time at VCU, Alsamadi has had the pleasure of performing works by Scott Putman, Eric Rivera, MK Abadoo, Gregory Maqoma, Trebien Pollard, and many of her peers. Olivia has been fortunate enough to enrich her dance training and explore her interests with intensives and workshops such as Movement Research MELT with Michelle Boulé, Countertechnique with Joy Davis, MODULE with Sidra Bell, American Dance Festival, and many more. A Commonwealth Scholar alumna with VCU’s Institute of Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation, she has been researching and developing interventions to make the countless benefits of dance accessible to the Richmond community; this work is strongly intertwined with her interests in community-centered research and furthering all types of dance as an academic study. She is also a skilled dance educator, using her research interests to develop teaching practices that not only combat laterality and the right-bias, but promote body awareness and injury prevention for students of all ages. Currently teaching at dance studios in the Richmond area, Olivia facilitates classes and workshops that are rooted in her research practices and integrating dance into trans-disciplinary research.

Rachel Martin | Grants Manager |

Rachel Martin has a BA in Ancient Studies/Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Northeastern University. She is a Maryland native with a background in the arts and education. She has been working in nonprofit administration for six years. 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.

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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