Associate Professor Charlotte Adams joined the faculty in the Department of Dance at the University of Iowa in 1998 after directing the Dance Program at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1996-1998. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 1995. Her teaching interests are focused in the areas of Choreography, Dance Kinesiology, Modern Technique, and Yoga. Recently she developed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification program within the dance curriculum for interested dance majors. Adams’ service at the university has concentrated primarily on undergraduate education through direction of the undergraduate dance program and serving on college committees for undergraduate success. She directed the dance student touring company, Dancers in Company, from 1998-2005 and again from 2012‐2015, and recently took the reins as artistic director of Dance Gala.
Adams’ creative research in choreography explores human consciousness and the presence of the body in demonstrating the connection between life’s continual challenges and personal perceptions. Her choreography has been described as, “arresting” and “brash,” (The New York Times); “gorgeous” and “delicious,” said The Tucson Weekly, describing a style that combines her signature wit and athleticism with an eye for the poetry of human foibles.
In 2001, Charlotte Adams and Dancers had its premiere performance at New York’s Joyce SoHo with return engagements in 2003 and 2006. Additional presenting venues for the company include Triskelion Arts (New York, NY), Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater (Asheville, NC), the DUMBO Dance Festival (New York, NY), the City of Tucson, OMDC at Creighton University (Omaha, NE), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Her choreography has been presented by the Breaking Ground Festival (Phoenix, AZ), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), El Museo Centro Leon (Santiago, Dominican Republic), New Territory/Cuerpo de Danza (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Gustavus Aldolphus College (St. Peter, MN), the Wagon Train Project (Lincoln, NE), White Dog Project (Merida, Mexico), Aha! Dance Theatre (Kansas City, MO), O-T-O Dance (Tucson, AZ), Theatre Iseion (Montpellier, France), and Theatre Oldysud, (Toulouse, France) among others.
Adams began her choreographic career in Tucson, Arizona as a founding member of Tenth Street Danceworks and was awarded the $25,000 Arizona Arts Award. Under her direction, the company performed throughout Arizona and in tours to New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, and numerous cites in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Australia. Recently her choreography I Shall Wear My Trousers Rolled was selected for the American College Dance Association’s 2017 central conference.