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School of Dance

Julie Adams Strandberg

Co-Artistic Director

Dancer, choreographer, director, writer, educator, is co-founder of American Dance Legacy Initiative, and founding director of dance at Brown University. In 1971 she co¬founded The Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company and in 1973, she co-founded The Harlem Dance Foundation with her parents, Julius J. and Olive A. Adams and her sister, Carolyn Adams. Julie has directed for college, community, and professional theater; has designed programs for youth; and has created over 40 works for theatrical and alternative spaces. Julie has served on national boards and panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts and is the author of multiple published articles. She studied with 20th century dance pioneers Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Melissa Hayden, José Limón, Donald McKayle, and Charles Weidman and is one degree of separation from George Balanchine, Katharine Dunham, Lester Horton, Doris Humphrey, Pearl Primus, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn. Julie is a graduate of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools, has a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.S. in guidance from Bank Street College of Education, and a masters ad eundem from Brown University. Since 1965 she has been married to Josiah R. W. Strandberg, a computer programmer, who is a Captain, USNR (ret.) and holds a doctorate in Philosophy. They have two daughters, Laura Carolyn and Marie Elisabeth, a son-in-law William Nels Porter, thanks to Marie, and grandsons, Andrew Kenneth and Jackson Josiah, thanks to Marie and William.