American Dance Institute moves to upstate NY

Catskill property attained by American Dance InstituteThe American Dance Institute rung in the New Year with some rather exciting news! On Tuesday, January 5, the ambitious and forward-thinking organization announced that it would build a new headquarters at a former lumberyard in Catskill, New York.


Having already transformed itself from a dance school in Rockville, Maryland, to an organization with the objective of presenting contemporary dance and helping choreographers create new works, the American Dance Institute (ADI) now plans to relocate its Incubator residency program to this brand new complex in Catskill, a town about two and a half hours north of New York City.


Catskill ADI FacilityAccording to the ADI website, Incubator production residencies give established contemporary artists and their collaborators “at least one week in a theater and ample resources to fully develop new work prior to a premiere.” So this new facility will basically become a modern day dance generator, helping to usher in new choreographic works and methods!


New York state’s $500,000 grant will help ADI take the former lumberyard on the Hudson River and turn it into a four-building facility dedicated to contemporary dance. It will include a theater, dance studios, housing for up to 26 artists and more.


Plus, this new location will bring ADI closer to The Kitchen in Manhattan, where the organization now presents new works developed in the Incubator residency. (This June, the institute plans to present new works from choreographers Yvonne Rainer, Jane Comfort, Brian Brooks, Jack Ferver and Susan Marshall at the Kitchen that were developed in the Incubator program.)


ADI Facility in New YorkADI Executive Director Adrienne Willis told the press that the move will decrease the organization’s overhead and will “exponentially increase the number of artists and productions we can support annually.” What good news for dancers!


The first building of the Catskill facility is set to open in May 2018. ADI’s Rockville facility will officially close after the 2016-2017 season. For more information, visit Read this article in The New York Times for further details.


If you want to support this new and exciting facility, come out to the ADI Catskill Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at 62 Water Street.


Photos courtesy of ADI.