Adrienne Abdus-Salaam, Director of Dance
Adrienne Abdus-Salaam is a native of Atlanta, GA. She has been performing professionally for 20 years and teaching professionally for 15 years. While in Atlanta Adrienne attended Tri-Cities High School. She studied and performed with Atlanta's; Total Dance/Dancical Productions as well as the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and Jomandi Productions. From 2001 - 2012 Adrienne resided in Philadelphia, PA. While in Philadelphia she received her BFA in Modern dance from the University of the Arts, her Master's in Education specializing in Dance along with her PA teaching certification in the area of Dance from Temple University. In 2009 she received her Certification in Contemporary Ghanaian Dance from the University of Ghana in Accra. In 2011 Adrienne was nominated to be a recipient of the Pew Fellowship Award.
Adrienne has studied and performed in China, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil and West Africa. Adrienne has danced professionally with Urban Bush Women, Kulu Mele, Kariamu and Company and Alo Brasil. Adrienne has been a teaching artist from the Delaware Institute of the Arts and Education as well as the New Jersey Council for the Arts and Education. Adrienne has been an Adjunct Professor at Temple University as well as University of the Arts. She worked as a full time dance teacher for the Philadelphia School District for 3 years, as the Director of Magnet Dance at Tri-Cities High School for 2 years and is currently the Director of Dance for the FAME program at New Manchester High School.