Dr. Adesola Akinleye is an artist-scholar. She began her career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, USA she later worked with Green Candle Dance UK and Union Dance UK. Her company DancingStrong, currently creates interdisciplinary-performance work touring UK and North America. www.dancingstrong.com
Her teaching, writing and choreography weave together to inform her creative practice which centers on exploring the lived experience as embodied, and 'bodily' knowledge as central to meaning making.
Her current work includes working in response to the Brexit Referendum exploring/dancing on boundaries and borders with communities in Northern Ireland, Poland, UK and beyond – Freedom of Movement, MNM Project.
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 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 as well as being a licensed Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher.
Her monograph Dance, Architecture and Engineering is published in April 2021.