Adrienne Hawkins (Modern, Jazz, Blues – MJB) received her BA in Education from Arizona State and was awarded a full scholarship for her MFA in Dance at Connecticut College. She is Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company and Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line Motion.
She has been on the faculty of, or visiting artist at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of the Arts, Mt. Holyoke, University of Massachusetts both Amherst and Boston campuses, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater Institute (A.R.T.), Stonehill College, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Denison University, The Joy of Movement Center, The Dance Complex, Boston Ballet, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, The Dance Inn, The Dancing Arts Center, Codman Academy Charter School and others. She presently teaches at Rhode Island College, Harvard University and A.R.T.
While in graduate school at Connecticut College she assisted Daniel Nagrin for five years at the American Dance Festival, at Connecticut College and Duke University. Ms. Hawkins then taught Jazz Styles and Jazz at ADF for three years, two in North Carolina and one in Tokyo Japan. Ms. Hawkins has taught on numerous occasions at The Harvard Summer Festival, Northwest Florida Summer Festival, Yantra Summer Festival, Dancing Arts Summer Festival, Citi-Center Summer Festival, Sankofa Dance Project, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and others.
Adrienne is a sought after teacher and has taught extensively throughout the world in such places as Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, France, Holland and Japan. She has toured her one woman shows, “A Day in the Night” and “Reality Check” beat to fit, paint to match, for a number of years to such places as Denmark, Ireland and Iceland. She was a Massachusetts Choreography Fellowship recipient numerous times and has choreographed over 100 pieces, for companies, studios and working Dancers. Besides the pieces created for Impulse Dance Company and Bass-Line Motion she has also choreographed for the Icelandic Ballet, Ballet Plus, Portland Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Bosoma Dance Co. She has choreographed Rock Musicals, Commercials, and Music Videos and has worked in Trade Show productions. She is proud to have been an opening act for such notables as Miles Davis, Al Green, and danced with Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Revue.
In addition to her artistic work she has a number of organizational positions, Artistic Director of the Joy of Movement Center for thirteen year, which she opened a branch in New York with Dennis Wayne & Dancers Inc. Impulse Dance “The Studio” which was opened in the heart of Boston for over ten years. She was an adjudicator for the Presidential Arts and Talent Search, on the Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island State Cultural Councils. She has served on the board of Directors of McCormick Center for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Art, The Piano Guild, The Boston Dance Alliance, and The Brookline Community Center for the Arts.
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