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Dancing Strong

Dancingstrong is an umbrella organization encompassing arts-in-education, performance, and choreography led by artistic director Adesola Akinleye. The DancingStrong professional dance company presents work internationally including in Europe, USA and Canada. Work is created both for traditional performance spaces and site-specific performance. DancingStrong also facilitates and creates community based art projects and performances, as well as delivering arts-in-eduction programming and consultation. DancingStrong's research also houses The trip Project aimed at bringing together research collaborations between professional dancers, choreographers and arts spaces. Also see Press & Presenters page.

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Our Philosophy

Dance is not a luxury but a right for everyone; the right to be physically literate, have a positive relationship with ones body and body image, and to feel comfortable expressing and sharing our stories and experiences through the non-verbal medium of movement.

It is integral to an artist’s work and growth to develop a strong link with the community. This belief has allowed Adesola to expand her work from traditional dance forms to create exciting performance pieces and programs, with a particular interest in site-specific choreography, installation-based work and audience interaction using new technology, arts in education and narrative research based enquiry.

Adesola says: :“…an artist is not someone limited to one art form but simply someone willing to respond to their environment…However, dance is my primary art form. It is a form of universal communication. It is a language. As well as having an aesthetic place dance can communicate on many other levels. Abstract ideas can be made concrete through dance, just as the concrete can be questioned and explored ethereally. In this way dance can not only add to the dialogue of society it can also explore, expose and question too.” 
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Adesola Akinleye

Adesola Akinleye is the artistic director of DancingStrong. She trained at Arts Educational School, London and The Rambert Academy. She began her professional career as a dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Since then she has danced with companies in North America and Europe. Adesola teaches dance and receives choreographic commissions internationally working in university settings, K-12/Foundation to Secondary systems and private dance academies, as well as in community based projects.

Adesola is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). Adesola is also a member of the Foundation for Community Dance, UK. Her dance research and study includes holding a Ph.D from Canterbury Christ Church University, and a MA with Distinction from Middlesex University, as well a number of Journal articles, and book chapters. In 2006 she was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award. That same year she was also awarded a Trailblazers fellowship by ADAD. In 2016 she was awarded Champion Trailblazer by One Dance UK.
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“When I dare to be powerful - to use my  strength in the service of my vision,  then it becomes less and less important  whether I am afraid” Audre Lorde