Neil Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Dance and Drama) from Rusden College in 1980. He was one of the founding members of Tasdance (initially known as the Tasmanian Dance Company) and began working as a teacher/dancer, choreographer and later as rehearsal director.
In 1983 Neil was the recipient of a Travel/Study grant from the Theatre board of the Australia Council, where he spent six months in New York studying at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. In January 1984, Neil was invited as a choreographer to participate in the Australian and New Zealand Dance Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers. After three years with the Company, Neil was awarded a Choreographer's Development Grant by the Theatre Board, which enabled him to work as a freelance Choreographer for one year. During that time he created To Never, Never Wonder Why, a duet for Dance Works, Sextet for the Tasdance, Three Times Between Times, for the fourth year students at Rusden and Elements, a solo work for the Salamanca Festival.
Neil rejoined Tasdance in 1985 as Rehearsal Director, which allowed him to continue choreographing and dancing with the company. Neil left Tasdance in 1991 to work as Resource Teacher for the Department of Education and the Arts assisting teachers to implement the new Dance Syllabus for years 9 and 10. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a freelance choreographer, teacher and performer for professional dance companies and major training institutions Australia wide, as well as several international engagments.
From 1995 to 2000 Neil was Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Neil has taught and mounted his choreography at the Korean International Dance Event, Seoul 1995, The Greenmill Festival/World Dance Alliance Conference, Melbourne 1996, Out of the Box Festival in Brisbane 1996, and at the Dance On 97 Festival, Hong Kong 1997. In 1997 Neil mounted the highly successful WA Academy performance tour, Export Ozdance to Kuala Lumpur. Whilst in Kuala Lumpur Neil was invited by Ramili Ibrahim, Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, to choreograph for his company. In 2000 Neil created Triptych, a full-length work at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, which won the Puc Award for Outstanding Choreography, from Arts Alliance WA.
Neil moved to Melbourne in 2001 and completed a Masters of Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2002 and went on to complete a practice-based PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts/Faculty of the VCA and Music. His choreographic research project Incarna was presented to critical acclaim in Space 28 at the Victorian College of the Arts in December 2005. The title piece of the program, Incarna, was nominated for the Betty Pounder Award for Original Choreography in the Victorian Green Room Awards 2006.
Neil returned to Tasdance in 2002 to choreograph The Darkling for Tasdance's Ripple Effect season.