Adult Classes

 

2018 Summer Term Adult Drop-In Classes 


All classes that take place at ADF’s SHS Studios (721 Broad Street) are $15 to drop in with class cards available for a discounted rate, advance registration not required.  This includes Technique Clinic with Justin Tornow, Movement Studio Practice with Sara Procopio, and Community Moves with Gerri Houlihan.

  • 5 class pass: $65
  • 10 class pass: $120

All classes that take place as part of the WFSS program at the Ark on Duke’s East Campus require *advance registration* and are $10 to drop in, no class cards available.  This includes WFSS Ballet at the Ark with rotating SDI Faculty and WFSS Yoga at the Ark with Robbie Cook.

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For upcoming workshops (including Improv Jams at the Ark) click HERE.

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Technique Clinic: Demystifying technique with Justin Tornow + Somatic Practitioners

Mondays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 7:00–8:30pm
June 17-July 29

Technique Clinic is a weekly drop-in series at ADF this summer that dives into the functional aspect of dance technique.  Each session will be co-taught by Justin Tornow and a roster of guest movement practitioners with dance backgrounds (think Gyrotonic, Pilates, Yoga, and the Franklin Method.)

The practical frame for the class is Cunningham Technique — each session will be centralized around concepts designed to increase understanding of healthy alignment and movement execution. It is not required that the dancers or the co-teacher have a background in Cunningham Technique! It is a great frame for this work because it is straightforward and grounded in efficiency and economy of movement. Since it shares a vocabulary with other western movement forms like ballet, various modern styles, and contemporary, dancers and somatic practitioners with a dance background of any kind will be able to jump right in!

As we move through the Cunningham sequences, we will support the practice by breaking down and analyzing concepts, discussing the logistics of movements, and engage in supportive somatic exercises to increase awareness within the action.

This workshop is meant to provide a deep dive into fundamental movement concepts, so that we can deconstruct, analyze, and uncover the functional movements and pathways that support healthy alignment and safe execution. Let’s nerd out!

Movement Studio Practice with Sara Procopio

Wednesdays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 7:00–8:30pm
June 17-July 21
In this studio practice class we will work through the lens of studio as laboratory. We will begin with material that encourages an opening of the energetic channels of the body. The warm-up focuses on charging the body in preparation for exercises and phrase work investigating breath, flow, suspension, center-shifting, bouncing, momentum, spirals and joint rotations. Special focus will be placed on finding flow with detailed attention on transitions and floor work. Together we will explore and cultivate tools to engage our daily dance practice in new ways. The class is influenced by Sara’s work with Shen Wei Dance Arts as well as her own movement research.

WFSS BALLET at the Ark with Rotating SDI Faculty

Saturdays, 10:45–12:30pm
June 17-July 21

A ballet class that incorporates an eclectic mixture of technique, musicality, and movement. The class will have an emphasis on technique and will incorporate a sense of fun while reminding the student that ballet is a form of the performing arts. Students will be given combinations that move in a challenging way, by exaggerating classical positions, and pushing them to explore their movements further.

This class is part of the Summer Dance Intensive WFSS (pronounced “woofs”) schedule.  WFSS classes are optional drop-in classes led by ADF faculty and guest artists that give SDI students the opportunity to cross train in different forms, participate in special repertory projects, and engage in discussions and panels. This year for the first time, select WFSS classes are open to the local dance community for drop-in at $10/class.  Advance registration required.

PRICE:  $10, single purchase only  ***ADF’s Studios Class Cards will not work on this class***

ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY. MUST REGISTER BY MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY BEFORE THE CLASS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BE AT THE ARK ON DUKE’S EAST CAMPUS**

Directions to The Ark: http://bit.ly/290PyW7 

Duke University parking info: http://parking.duke.edu/parking 

WFSS Yoga at the Ark with Robbie Cook

Sundays, 10:45am–12:15pm
June 17-July 21

Stay tuned for class description…

This class is part of the Summer Dance Intensive WFSS (pronounced “woofs”) schedule. WFSS classes are optional drop-in classes led by ADF faculty and guest artists that give SDI students the opportunity to cross train in different forms, participate in special repertory projects, and engage in discussions and panels. This year for the first time, select WFSS classes are open to the local dance community for drop-in at $10/class. Advance registration required.

PRICE: $10, single purchase only  ***ADF’s Studio Class Cards will not work on this class***

ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY. MUST REGISTER BY MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY BEFORE THE CLASS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BE AT THE ARK ON DUKE’S EAST CAMPUS**

Directions to The Ark: http://bit.ly/290PyW7 

Duke University parking info: http://parking.duke.edu/parking 

Community moves WITH GERRI HOULIHAN

Sundays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 1:00–2:30pm
June 4-July 29

Have you been thinking that you need some dancing in your life? Here’s your opportunity! Whether you have some dance training in your background or you’ve always wanted to explore dance as a movement practice, this class is for you. The class will begin with stretching and strengthening exercises on the floor and progress to simple movement sequences traveling through space. The class is targeted towards adults who have a passion or curiosity about dance.

Community Moves Summer Pass available for purchase, valid for *this class only.*  Full 8 class term for $80.  Not able to be pro-rated or transferred.  Expires July 29, 2018.  Call 919-797-287 with questions.

No previous dance experience necessary.

 

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parkinson’s movement initiative

American Dance Festival is proud to offer our NEW Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

Classes for this session end on May 27.  Thank you for a wonderful year of programming!  Stay tuned for future announcements.

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Mondays, 2-3:15pm  |  Wednesdays 10:30-11:45am
Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!  
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living. She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years.

Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger and Lindsay Voorhees

Mondays, 10:30-11:45am
NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.



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