CityDance Expands into American Dance Institute’s Rockville Facility
This fall the CityDance School & Conservatory, headquartered at the Music Center at Strathmore, expanded into studio space at American Dance Institute’s (ADI) Rockville facility. The arrangement optimizes the use of ADI’s 20,000 square foot space, housing ADI’s performance programs as well as a satellite location for CityDance’s thriving Montgomery County-based dance school and pre-professional training program.
“CityDance is extremely excited about the opportunities to realize so many of our plans for growth that this additional space will allow. And we are very thankful to ADI for its support. We look forward to continuing with our mission to establish the greater Washington, DC area as a center for excellence in dance training, performance and community-based arts education,” said Alexandra Nowakowski, Executive Director of CityDance.
Led by Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler, MA graduate of American University and former faculty member and Director of Education and Outreach for The Washington Ballet, CityDance School & Conservatory offers superlative pre-professional training steeped in classical tradition and complimented by contemporary techniques to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in today’s professional dance world. “CityDance’s focus on preparing well-rounded dancers is perfectly in line with the philosophy of ADI’s dance education programs,” said ADI Executive Director, Adrienne Willis.
In September, ADI began a national scholarship program to provide funds to promising young dance students to study at the schools of their choice. “We are thoughtfully and very intentionally refocusing ADI’s education programs to provide a substantial amount of financial assistance each year to nurture young dance talent across the country,” said Willis. ADI School, founded by Michael and Pamela Bjerknes and led for the past five years by former Washington Ballet principal dancers Erin and Runqiao Du, closed at the end of the summer after fifteen years of providing high-quality dance instruction in a supportive environment to DC-area students. Willis added, “The ADI Future Artists Scholarship Fund is being designed to add another exciting dimension to our mission-driven programs and to have broad reach and lasting impact on the future of the dance field. At the same time, by supporting CityDance to open a satellite program in our space we are furthering ADI’s mission of advancing artistic excellence, remaining dedicated to the students we have nurtured in our Rockville home and ensuring that Montgomery County continues to be a vibrant center for dance education.”
ADI will continue to present its popular performance programs in Rockville, which provide technical residencies for professional contemporary dance choreographers and bring some of the most respected contemporary artists to the DC area for critically acclaimed performances and world premieres.