Adrienne Hawkins has a BA in Education from Arizona State University and an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College. She was the Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company for over 25 years whose mission was to engender a universal appreciation of the art form of concert Jazz dance. Impulse Dance ‘the studio’ was located on Mass Ave for 10 years and was home to many companies in the Boston area. Ms. Hawkins was Artistic Director of The Joy of Movement Center for over 10 years and founded and opened the NYC studio at Dennis Wayne and Dancers. She was Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line-Motion with Musician/Poet Larry Roland for 8 years. Bass Line Motion focused on an artistic goal of using poetry and improvisational music and dance to inform and enlighten the general public about spirituality, identity, and social issues. Ms. Hawkins has been on the faculty of numerous colleges in the US including Harvard University, Mt. Holyoke, The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Connecticut College, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Dean College, Stonehill College, and some of the most prestigious summer dance festivals including American Dance Festival, Duke University, and the Harvard Summer Dance Program. She has toured nationally and internationally choreographing musicals, commercials, industrials, and teaching the art of Jazz in Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Australia, France, Ireland, and the Caribbean. Ms. Hawkin’s awards include the Boston Dance Alliance Dance Champion Award, the City of Boston’s Emerging Artist Award, the Sojourner Truth award from Originations Inc., and the Black Community Service Award as well as receiving the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Choreography Fellowship numerous times. She serves on the Boards of the McCormick Center for the Arts (Strand Theater), Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Piano Craft Guild, Boston Dance Alliance, Brookline Community Center for the Arts, and is a long standing member of The International Associations of Blacks in Dance. Did we mention she danced for Cab Calloway and opened for Miles Davis?-and there’s that!
"I want IPAC to connect the cultural spirit of a diverse group of people who inhabit a specific area in Boston and merge the collective heritage through the arts.” - Adrienne Hawkins