Dr. Adesola Akinleye is an artist-scholar. She is a part-time Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University. She began her career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she later established her own company DancingStrong, which creates dance around the UK, America, Caribbean and Canada.
She teaches in Dance and Work Based Learning: Co-leading and teaching on MA Professional Practice and BA Professional Practice. Her teaching, writing and choreography weave together to inform her creative practice which centers around exploration of the lived experience as embodied and sensation as learning.
Her current movement projects include:
Woman’s Work Project http://www.womansworkdanceproject.com which includes Untitled: Women’s Work (Flint) was an international commission by the Center for the Education of Women. The project informed a book chapter ‘Her life in movement: reflections on embodiment as a methodology’ in Researching Embodied Sport: exploring movement cultures (2016) edited by Dr. Ian Wellard, Routledge.
Her other strand of movement research involves developing work for young audiences. This includes the ILA project http://www.ilaproject.com and Light Steps performance for young people and their families premièred at the Turner Contemporary Museum, UK 2014 and toured UK during 2016.
Adesola is a Fellow of the RSA. She holds an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in dance/sociology/embodiment (Body, dance and environment: An exploration of embodiment and identity) from Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She has a Master of Arts (distinction) in Work-based learning: Dance in education and the community from Middlesex University, UK.
She has been a guest teacher / choreographer in a number of institutions and companies in UK, Canada and USA including Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer program. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and holds a PG Cert in Higher Education.
Her interest in dance as a language for communication of embodied experience has led her to the Public Pedagogy of community informed starting points for art performance creation. (Including consulting and teaching on arts-integrated education and school curriculum building).
Her performance work has a strong conceptual strand, ranging from concert dance to site-specific to installation-based performance. An overview of her work can be seen at www.dancingstrong.com
Akinleye, Adesola (2016) Narrating Spaces. In: Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers. Carty, Hilary S. and Johnson, Pam and Watson, Sharon and Brookes, Pawlet , eds. Serendipity Artists Movement. ISBN 978-0992631932