Adrianne Tabet, Founder and Executive Director of Moving Steps, is a dancer, anthropologist, teacher and social activist. She holds a PhD in Medical/Psychological Anthropology from Brandeis University as well as degrees in communications and theater. She began her dance studies at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo school in Philadelphia and earned a scholarship to the school in New York City. Adrianne has experience with a wide variety of dance techniques and styles including flamenco, classical bharatanatyam, Graham technique and jazz. She is a certified Nia and Journey Dance teacher and has studied Five Rhythms. Her theater experience includes acting, directing, improvisation, spoken word poetry and publicity.
Adrianne has taught classes in her own unique dance form, Dance Leela, in Europe, North Africa and the US. Currently, she teaches and has established a dance performance company at South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham, MA with performances open to inmates, company family members and the public. She also teaches weekly classes in Wellesley MA at Studios. She also organizes and leads women’s dance/self-exploration workshops to France and Chile focusing on the joys and challenges of mid-life.
Her dissertation research in anthropology, focusing on issues of gender identity, performativity and personal transformation provides her with a unique perspective and innovative methodology which she applies to the challenges facing women’s reentry, recovery and community success.