Adrienne Hawkins

Jazz

Adrienne Hawkins is Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company and Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line Motion. She received her BA in Education from Arizona State and MFA in Dance at Connecticut College, on a full scholarship. While at Connecticut College she assisted Daniel Nagrin for five years at the American Dance Festival, and then taught at ADF for three years, two in North Carolina and one in Tokyo, Japan. Adrienne has also taught at a number of summer festivals such as The Harvard Summer Festival, Northwest Florida Summer Festival, Yantra Summer Festival, Dancing Arts Summer Festival, Citi-Center Summer Festival, and Sankofa Dance Project.

Adrienne has taught extensively throughout the world in such places as Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Europe and Japan. She has toured her two one woman shows, “A Day in the Night” and “Reality Check” 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. 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 Cab Calloway.

In addition to her artistic work she has a number of organizational positions, Artistic Director of the Joy of Movement Center for thirteen years, for which she opened a branch in New York with Dennis Wayne & Dancers Inc. and Impulse Dance “The Studio” which was opened in the heart of Boston. 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.

She has been on the staff of Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, University of the Arts, Stonehill College, Dean College, The Joy of Movement Center, The Dance Complex, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, The Dance Inn, The Dancing Arts Center, Codman Academy Charter School, Boston Ballet, Harvard University, UMass Amherst and Boston. Adrienne Hawkins has mentors she has been privileged to study with: Daniel Nagrin, Fred Benjamin, Consuelo Atlas, Clay Taliaferro, Walter Nicks, Kathy Grant, Thelma Hill, Mary Barnett, Lenore Lattimore and Chuck Davis.