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Adaptations Dance Theater Announces 2015-16 Season Events

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FINAL Just Desserts Postcard FRONT (1)By Maui Now Staff

Adaptations Dance Theater has announced its 2015-16 season of dance performance and community outreach events.

Just Desserts

The 2015-16 season will feature Just Desserts, a fundraising soirée on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Join ADT at the beautiful Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center for this after-dinner event, and indulge in an evening of deliciousness featuring Maui’s most dazzling desserts, captivating cocktails, dancing, live music by the Toby Couture Quartet, and a special performance from Adaptations Dance Theater.

Restaurants will include Casanova, Hana Hou Cafe, Mala/MIGRANT, Nick’s Fishmarket, Sweet Paradise Chocolate, Maui Sugar Shop, Fabiani’s, Soup to Nuts Catering, S&J Bakery, Mana Foods and Maka.


Proceeds from this event will go to funding ADTs 2015-16 season of dance and community outreach, including Dance Maui, an upcoming festival (see below).

Tickets and tables for this event can be purchased online.

Adaptations Dance Theater

Amanda and Wade Robson (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Cirque Du Soleil”) will film a documentary this spring.

“Adaptations Dance Theater is the real deal,” Robson said. “Beautiful, honest, gritty, fantastic.”


Amanda and Wade have recently been in and out of rehearsals as they put the finishing touches on a newly re-done version of their self-titled work, “Adaptations.”

Amanda and Wade will be capturing the “Just Desserts” event as a part of the film.

Dance Maui 2015 will be the first of what will become an annual dance festival produced by ADT. The main objective of this festival is to bring Maui’s many dance communities together to give them a platform to present their art as a community. The secondary objective of Dance Maui is to bring in masters from around the world to present dance to the Maui community in a very accessible way.

ADT Apprenticeship Program

The ADT Apprenticeship Program, which began Sept. 1, 2013, is designed to offer aspiring professional dancers a place to challenge themselves by stepping into the professional dance world before leaving school.


By offering this program, ADT hopes to level the playing field for dancers leaving Maui. They will be competing for jobs with dancers raised in major population centers, where dancers have regular exposure to professional dance companies and apprenticeship programs.

The apprenticeship program 2015-16 begins Sept. 1, 2015, and runs until Aug. 1, 2016. Auditions will be held Aug. 22, 2015.

The program consists of three hours of group rehearsal time per week for 48 weeks, and four hours of individual coaching time per apprentice per year.

Amelia Nelson. Photo

Amelia Nelson. Photo credit Matt Nall, Maui Creative Photography.

Bring it Home

Kicking off January 2016, “Bring it Home” will be a performance of the entire ADT repertoire. This collection of works by ADT resident choreographers Hallie Hunt Armato and Amelia Nelson is a challenging and uplifting romp through the jungles of creativity, expression, and selfdiscovery throughout which the audience will experience the joys and sorrows of the human experience.

The concert will also feature the original music of ADT resident composer Toby Couture.

For this concert, ADT will employ its five resident company members as well as four professional Maui-raised dancers who are currently working in dance on the Mainland. By showing the enormous talent that Hawaiʻi has to offer the world of dance, ADT hopes to change they way our community thinks about professional dance in Hawaiʻi.


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