Another Triskelion Project


Working toward a new film and creating a new solo has been on the docket. Today, all will be a bit wild and crazy as we shift our senses for a film shoot. Dancer, Mark Willis, has been learning a new solo, “Fall Away,” which he dances beautifully with his whole heart and soul. Nicole Renaud’s music will highlight his piece — stay tuned for more on her in my next blog. As for the film, I’m excited to break new boundaries and invite in spoken word to add to the mix with one of my long-time dancers and consummate performer, James A. Pierce, III. James has been acting up a storm, and when last I saw him perform in Martha Clarke’s, “God’s Fool,” I was wowed by his vocals and acting ability. This film will incorporate all of his and Mark’s talents — an ambitious undertaking, but with the Triskelion Arts theater as my security blanket, I hope to bring all the elements together as we roll around on our playground! Stay tuned for more on this project~

Honoring MLK, Jr


On this January 16th, I bring to you yet, again, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr, through this time-honored piece, “Undisclosed Recipients: A Tribute to MLK, Jr.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ MLK, Jr.

Dancer: James A Pierce, III
Photos: Cathryn Lynn

A Look Back at 2022


Elton John’s song, “I’m Still Standing,” seems appropriate for 2022. With the world’s events making us all feel like we’re at our rope’s end, it would seem that any artistic endeavor would be impossible. Somehow, through all the fits and starts, and the momentum slowing down due to COVID’s unpredictable nature, I was able to manage braving the elements to create, remake, and be honored to get back in the studio and on a world class stage in 2022. Without a lot left in my tank, I cruised to the last calendar page of December, where ACD was on the bill of the American Dance Guild’s festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, highlighting my year. Thanks to the dancers and all the behind-the-scenes helpers, 2022 was one for the books!

Another Premiere Tonight!




Tonight James A. Pierce, III & Heidi Sutherland perform the duet “Willing to Catch,” in a redux premiere on YouTube.

Tonight at 8:30p I will share the same piece I shared last week, but with different dancers performing.

About the piece:

“Willing to Catch,” was made for a residency at Temple University back in 2017. Two couples learned this duet back then, and one duo went on to perform it in Philadelphia, while the understudies performed it in NYC, at the CBG Dance Fall Festival. The music chosen then required a $500 fee every six months for me to share online. Well, that simply wasn’t possible, so with the help of a composer I found by the name of Jurrivh, and the ability to purchase a reasonably priced license, I am now able to share thiswork with you, displaying both couples with new music edited to the performances. Cheating? I guess, but art gives us the allowance to do what we want, right? Ha!

WHEN: TONIGHT at 8:30P 

WHERE: YouTube CLICK THIS LINK at 8:30P!

(Reminder to widen your screens for best viewing)

DANCERS: Heidi Sutherland & James A. Pierce, III

EDITOR: Tareek Jones

Photo: Bill H

Thanks for supporting ACD over the years!

A Night of Magic with the American Dance Guild

I Will Show You An Ocean

On Friday December 2nd, I had to make a judgement call to bring in a replacement dancer to cover Derick McKoy, Jr, after learning of his sickness. It was a tough call to make, considering the concert was just three days away. Erring on the side of caution was the best measure; however, and so within a few short hours and after a few phone calls, I found a new dancer to cover Derick’s role. Thankfully, I was in the know of this new dancer and he was ready, willing and able to be a quick study.

And quick study he was! It was the day before the show, and DaJuan Foley jumped in with full gusto, and within two hours, learned the whole piece! Unbelievable! I was with Payton, the female dancer, and DaJuan the whole day, as after the rehearsal we quickly jumped in a cab and got to our tech rehearsal at the Aliey Center where we went into the early evening — whirlwind!! Our tech ran smoothly and the dancers felt pretty good, albeit exhausted. We planned on one more rehearsal the following day before the show. OMG!! No stress here!

With our last rehearsal Sunday the 4th during the day, we were able to whip up a fairly decent run through, though I barely got through giving notes before we were called to stage for ten whole minutes of last minute spacing. I sent the dancers home for a few short hours after that to gather their wits, and then we met up that evening for the concert. Needless to say, I was a tad nervous, mostly about getting the sewing done on the costumes last minute. Relief came when the dancers were dressed and I saw the costumes were going to function properly. I hugged them, and as I do before every show, I bestowed the piece to them — it’s now yours… go make magic on stage, I said!

And, magic they did make! From the moment they stepped onto to the stage, I was blown away by their beauty. Good things come in small packages, as both dancers stand just a wee bit over five feet tall! It was so fun looking at them eye-to-eye while working together! Magically, their statures appeared to look larger on stage — a comment I often got in my professional dancing years. The immense joy I felt as they took their final bow, made all the last minute changes worthwhile. I Will Show You An Ocean, had its second run on the Ailey Citigroup Stage — this time on the festival bill of the American Dance Guild, for which I was so honored. These two talented dancers are sure to be turning heads for years to come!

Feature Images by Robin Michals

Check out some more images from our duet here.

American Dance Guild 2022

Payton Primer and Derick McKoy, Jr. will grace the stage on December 4th, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater!

Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/ADGTix

Show time: 7:00pm

Ailey Citigroup Theater: 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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27 years ago Adams Company Dance was on the first ever adjudicated bill of the American Dance Guild at the Cunningham Dance Studio. Now, ACD will again return to the festival with two talented new dancers, Payton Primer and Derick McKoy, Jr., performing “I Will Show You An Ocean,”  a passionate duet about the power of the human spirit. Both dancers have such impressive resumes, so be sure to check out their sites!

Dancer, Anna Levy, has been the acting rehearsal assistant and understudy to this duet. Her keen eye, and superlative skills in translation, have made the process of remounting this piece comfortable and efficient! Thank you to Anna!

See you there~

Full Circle


The year was 1995 and Adams Company Dance was now 4 years into its inception in NYC/CT. After being accepted to the first ever adjudicated festival of the American Dance Guild at the Cunningham Studio Theater, I went into rehearsals with my new dance partner, Eddie Taketa, to teach him Colors May Bleed — a piece I had already choreographed with my previous partner, Paul Dennis, and performed twice already by that point in time. American Dance Guild was built upon a grassroots premise with their primary mission being to preserve the legacy of dance with all the components that go along with it. Honoring pioneers and dance notables were top on their list. Hosting a dance festival seemed like a good idea.

Now 27 years later, Adams Company Dance comes full circle by being accepted to another festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater this December. I am honored to be involved and excited to see how my duet from 2007, I Will Show You An Ocean, will look on two new dancers, Payton Primer and Derick McCoy, Jr. With new talent and a festival with colleagues lined up from my past, this ought to be a unique blend of artistry that will bring me back to my roots.

Review from 1995

Colors May Bleed

This athletic duet blends the tug-of-war between society’s pressure to conform  and a human’s right to freedom of choice. With original narration and a  hard-driving musical score, this agitating piece depicts tolerance over fear.

~MJA

Chosen by Gus Solomons for the Juror’s Choice Award in the NewDance New Haven ’93 competition

Life Changes


It’s amazing how life changes so fast… one minute you’re on stage sweating and dancing like there’s no tomorrow, and the next minute, you’re married and have started a family! I am glowing after the news of Claire Hancock’s new baby! She has always been so remarkable in every capacity of life, and motherhood is now another feature to her mark of greatness! My fortunate times to work with her while she spent time in NYC, added to ACD’s stock of significant artistic contributions. She was just 6 years old when I originally met her in Tucson, AZ, where I did my graduate studies at the University of Arizona. Her parents were my teachers, but became fast friends with my husband and me. Their dynamic family holds a distinguished place in the dance world… and so I honor all of their efforts for not only paving the way for me, but for all those who have been touched by their mark of genius! I know I’m not alone when I say that Claire, and her mother Melissa Lowe, and father, Jory Hancock, truly are rare gems that will be continually treasured — and now we add one more gem to the mix!

Claire Hancock and composer Vincent Calianno are the creators of Two Trains. These extraordinary artists meld their expressions of movement, imagery, and sound. Be sure to visit their site!

Master Class on August 26th

Master Class with Mitzi Adams has been cancelled due to a company member testing positive for COVID-19. Please send in audition reels by August 30th to be considered.



Int/Adv Contemporary Technique will be taught in this musical, fun and kinetically charged Master Class. The warm-up emphasizes proper placement, centering and fluidity of the spine. Technically challenging movement phrases are built upon in the course of this class, allowing the exploration of a wide range of qualities, spatial patterning and rhythm. Emphasis is on the dancer as a human, not a number. Mitzi is also a board certified massage therapist, and specializes in the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She will give tips for self-help at the end of class to aid in keeping the body in good health.

When: August 26th 7:00p-9:00p


Where: 305 W. 38th Street Ripley Grier Studios (studio 311)


Cost: $30 (Cash, Venmo, CC accepted)


To Register: Send an email to:
 adamscodancegm@gmail.com


MUST REGISTER BY: 8/25/2022 (Class size is limited)


Please do not bring resumes and headshots!!! They will be thrown away. You will be notified within a week of the class if you are selected.


ACD is following Ripley Grier’s COVID safety update:

Masks & Social Distancing are no longer mandated at RG, however they promise to continue their efforts to insure that their studios and hallways are fresh, clean and ventilated for your safety and peace-of-mind.

For up to the minute information about our COVID safety protocols, give them a call at (212)799-5433.


For more Info call: 203-829-4767

Working with Adams Company Dance in a project manner, dancers will be given the opportunity to keep their regular work, and add a professional company credit to their resume. Short-term projects can last from one day to several weeks, depending on the material. Current rehearsal fees are $25 per rehearsal hour, plus performance stipends — all above market value. An added bonus working with ACD, is learning tips in the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyustu within rehearsal periods, which is likened to acupuncture without the needles. ACD has been operating in the industry for 31 years, and continues to engage in concert dance, as well as creating cutting edge dance films. See more on Mitzi here.

“Dancers who take risks on stage have learned to trust from their core.” ~ Mitzi Adams

Dancers: Claire Hancock and Paulo Gutierrez