Inlet Dance Theatre is one of Northeast Ohio’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his long standing belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences may serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. In contrast to an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre is committed to using dance to further people through both Performing and Education Programming.
Bill Wade is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Inlet Dance Theatre. Inlet is an outgrowth of Bill’s previous eleven years as an Artist in Residence at Cleveland School of the Arts, where he founded the YARD (Youth At Risk Dancing), a nationally recognized and awarded after school program. Since its inception in 2001, Inlet, under Wade’s leadership, has earned an international reputation for artistic and education programming excellence. He is a nationally sought-after choreographer and dance educator whose choreography was recently enthusiastically received at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series and his men’s focused work has been presented twice in Seattle’s “Men in Dance”. He was commissioned to create an evening length work, “Among the Darkest Shadows”, focusing on human trafficking (Wharton Center for the Arts, E Lansing, MI) in collaboration with renowned LA playwright José Cruz Gonzales that toured to Des Moines Performing Arts. Additionally, Bill was commissioned by Playhouse Square to create an evening length work based on the New York Times best-selling children’s book by Kobi Yamada, “What Do You Do With An Idea?” that is preparing for a national tour in the 2019-2020 season. Wade was chosen by the Ohio Arts Council’s International Artist Exchange Program and conducted three exchanges with artists from Easter Island; Inlet was the first American modern dance company to perform on the island. Recent examples of his teaching work include presenting at the National Dance Education Organization’s “Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap Symposium”, adjudicating for ACDA three times (Jackson MS, Milwaukee WI, Beaumont TX), and was the featured guest teacher for the Exchange Choreography Festival (Tulsa, OK). In 1998, he received the Coming Up Taller Award at the White House (Washington DC) from the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize (2012) and an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Dance Art Form from OhioDance (2013). Bill recently completed a professional certificate program with National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategies (University of Pennsylvania) to enhance his capacity in all aspects of running a successful arts & culture non-profit organization.
About This Event
ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
February 22, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm