Developed in 1998 in collaboration with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department, ADF Project Dance is an outreach program designed to expose the Triangle community to dance. Over the years, ADF Project Dance has worked with community partners such as libraries, public school systems, senior centers, children’s museums, Duke Hospital, community centers, as well as the Durham Parks and Recreation Department. ADF Project Dance provides master classes with professional teaching artists and guest performers as well as opportunities to attend live dress rehearsals and performances.
Valuing the importance of community and education, ADF continues to dedicate time and resources to providing youth the opportunity to explore their full potential through dance. In 2017, ADF’s outreach initiatives encouraged nearly 4,000 youth to take advantage of the many lifelong benefits a dance education has to offer.
upcoming project dance dates during adf 2018 season
We would love to have you join us at one of our many outreach dates in the community during the 2018 ADF Season. Our teaching artists lead 45 minute to 1 hour long dance workshops fun for the whole family!
- Kidzu Children’s Museum, Saturday, June 16 at 11am
- East Regional Library, Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30am
- Marbles Kids Museum, Saturday, June 23 at 2pm
- Southwest Regional Library, Friday, June 29 at 2:30pm
- Kidzu Children’s Museum, Saturday, June 30 at 11am
- Kidzu Children’s Museum, Sunday, July 1 at 2pm
- Southwest Regional Library, Friday, July 6 at 2:30pm
- Marbles Kids Museum, Saturday, July 7 at 2pm
- South Regional Library, Thursday, July 12 at 2pm
- Kidzu Children’s Museum, Saturday, July 14 at 11am
- Warren Library, Thursday, July 19 at 10:30am
- Marbles Kids Museum, Saturday, July 21 at 2pm
CENTRAL PARK SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
Each spring, ADF partners with Central Park School for Children (CPSC) to offer creative movement as an alternative to more traditional physical education classes. Gaspard Louis, Director of ADF Project Dance, leads these classes. In September 2014, students from CPSC performed Dance x 19 as a part of the Gaspard&Dancers annual concert at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater.
Pictures from CPSC students working with Gaspard&Dancers (Satsuki Scoville Photography):
title I SCHOOL RESIDENCIES
In 2013 and 2014, ADF Project Dance provided free creative movement workshops to grades Pre K – 2 in Title I Schools in Wake County and Orange County. These workshops enhance the classroom learning experience by introducing children to one of America’s indigenous art forms, modern dance, and fostering creativity, team-building skills, and self-confidence. Working collaboratively with Jody Cassell (teaching artist and dancing storyteller) and based upon the needs of the classroom, each school had the option of choosing between three different classes in Ms. Cassell’s Dancing, Making Stories Come Alive! series: Dancing Stories, Dance Healthy Bodies, and Language of Dance. Each workshop featured original live music created for each individual workshop by Jude Casseday.
Jody Cassell received her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and is the author of the children’s book, Where’s Leon? Jude Casseday received her MA in Speech Communication/Performance Studies from Eastern Michigan University and has been teaching and performing for over 30 years.
ADF Project Dance is made possible through the generous contributions of Central Park School for Children, Duke Energy Foundation, Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the SHS Foundation, and individual donors.