All upcoming workshops will be posted here!  Watch this space.  🙂

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 

adf studios Winter term Workshops

Modern Technique 2.0: Beyond the solo body with Leah Cox
(PLUS ADF School 2018 Local Sneak Peek!)

Friday, February 16  6:30-8pm  **followed by snacks, drinks, and conversation
Friday, March 9   6:30-8pm

Price: $5

In this movement class, we will cultivate physical precision, intelligence, and curiosity. We’ll also develop our capacities to be creative and make choices. We’ll do this by warming up with guided improvisations and set exercises, using our whole selves as creative tools to solve movement problems, learning a dance phrase that allows us to move in bold and exciting ways, and working with others to access information outside of our own bodies. Leah’s class is both athletic and thoughtful. Come to work hard, laugh, and discover what you are capable of!

This workshop will be held twice, once on February 16 and once on March 9, from 6:30-8pm. On February 16, please join us after the workshop for our ADF School 2018 Local Sneak Peek! There will be snacks, drinks, and information about how ADF’s Summer Intensive is working to become accessible and connected to Durham’s local dance scene. Learn about new ways of tapping into the energy of ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive, perks of being a Durhamite, tips for getting involved at ADF’s Studios, and a conversation and exchange about how we can keep moving forward. We’d love to hear from you! Being a dancer in Durham has never looked better, and we are grateful to exist in this thriving community all year round. Complimentary wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will be available.

About the instructor: Leah Cox is an educator, performer, and choreographer. In addition to being Dean of the American Dance Festival, Cox holds the position of Term Associate Professor at Bard College. Leah is an avid educator, teaching classes for all ages and levels of ability nationwide. She has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Cox worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014. She began as a company dancer, briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant, became the company’s first education director, launching its education programs, and regularly reconstructed the company’s works on students and professional dancers. When the company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, Cox continued in her education capacity, developing Live Arts’ education programs. Most notably, she oversaw the six-year partnership between Live Arts and Bard College. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is inspired by the way that her teaching, performing, and creative practices inform one another and provide a richly layered perspective on dance as it functions in contemporary culture.

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Zena Romett Floor-Barre Technique(r) Series with Andrea E. Woods Valdés

Thursdays in February, 6:45-7:45pm

Thursday, February 1, 2018   6:45-7:45pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018  6:45-7:45pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018  6:45-7:45pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018  6:45-7:45pm

Price: $15 drop-in or $40 for all 4 classes
With Duke ID: $11 for drop-in or $35 for the full series of 4

Woods Valdés’ open level class is ideal for dancers of any genre, movement artist, musicians and athletes.

Zena Rommett revolutionized dance training with her gentle, yet highly effective, therapeutic method. Floor-Barre® utilizes the floor, without the pressure of gravity, to correct and refine body alignment, strengthen joints, as well as addressing musculoskeletal functions. Woods Valdés is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® instructor.

Andrea’s Zena Rommett Floor-Barre story –

*Floor-Barre® is a registered trademark of Camille Rommett

About the instructor: Andrea was introduced to Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® while on tour with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company in the 1990s. Lonne Moreton, the rehearsal director at the time, gave Floor-Barre® for the company warm-up. “I was resistant at first because Bill’s choreography was so rigorous. However, I was surprised at how prepared I felt to go on stage in dynamic and demanding work. When we returned home from various tours, my body was strong and centered rather than injured and in pain. I continued to seek out Floor-Barre® classes in NYC and now, many years later and living in Durham, NC, I continue Floor-Barre® as part of my personal training. I have been able to recover from and rehabilitate injuries and sustain my dancing body. I plan to continue dancing with spirit and joy. Floor-Barre® has had a great impact on the longevity of my teaching and dancing and I want to share that with other dancers, movement artists and my community. Thank you Zena, Camille and all the mentors. The certification process renewed my passion for dancing and teaching and connected me to an international “family” centered in the beautiful legacy in caring for our bodies with Floor-Barre®.” Andrea is Associate Professor in the Duke University Dance Program and Artistic Director of SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers.


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Join acclaimed choreographer and Mark Morris alumnus John Heginbotham (Dance Heginbotham) for a showing and critique of work in progress by local choreographers Anna Barker, Ramya Kapadia, Alyssa Noble & Allie Pfeffer at ADF Studios (721 Broad Street, Durham) on Monday, March 19 from 7-8:30 PM.  Admission is free!

The event is part of Dance Heginbotham and illustrator/author Maira Kalman’s weeklong residency at Duke Performances, culminating in two performances of their collaborative work of dance and theater, The Principles of Uncertainty, at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. Tickets and info available here: .

Made possible, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, & support from the Dance Program at Duke University.


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moving with communal responsibility with tina Vasquez

In this two part series with Tina Vasquez (back by popular demand), dancers will continue to dive into issues of equity and power through a process of writing, drawing and collaborative movement creation. While this workshop series is open to all dance levels, dancers will be engaging in a process of individually tailored rigor.

Part 1, Saturday March 17
Dancers will revisit the Exploring Identity and Power through Movement workshop with extended exercises. Dynamics of power will be explored through verbal and physical dialogues both choreographed and improvised. We will look at how we perform, embody, deny or are denied power in the various spaces we traverse each day. The studio will become a microcosm of how our identities are perceived and structured by others, and how we push, enable and resist them. Newcomers and returning participants are most welcome!

Part 2, Saturday March 24
This workshop takes a deeper dive, expanding on concepts explored in the first. We will introduce the shifting and holding of physical weight as a metaphor for how we hold and shift the weight of racism, privilege, and power…the ways in which we as a community must acknowledge, own, dismantle, teach, and learn. Building off of Part 1, we will explore this metaphor through physical exploration, partnered dance, choreography, and reflective drawing and writing. This workshop is also open to all levels.

For both workshops, expect to feel physically, emotionally and mentally challenged, as well as held and cared for in a brave space.

Price:  $20 each or $35 for both
**Returning attendees of Tina’s first workshop at ADF may get these workshops for the special price of $15 each. Call 919-797-2871 to redeem.**

Tina Vasquez is a new member of the Triangle community hailing from New York City. She has spent her professional career organizing, teaching, and dancing in the US and abroad. She received her BA in Movementology and the Choreographic Experience from the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU and her MS in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics at the Polytechnic School for Engineering at NYU. Tina has also been certified as a Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Currently, Tina serves the Triangle as a Race Equity Consultant, but one of her greatest passions is bringing racial equity work and dance experiences together. She is abundantly grateful to Julia and the ADF community for welcoming her and for giving a place for an equity and dance project to exist. 



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parkinson’s movement initiative

Our weekly drop-in classes will continue as usual through May 27, at which point they will conclude for this cycle.  

Upcoming special workshops listed below:


yin yoga for parkinson’s: flexibility and letting go with Meg Poe

This 90 minute workshop is part of the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative and will include a bit of lecture and a lot of practice.  Participants will learn and experience the benefits of Yin Yoga: greater flexibility, relaxation, increased energy, improved self awareness, and more.  

Yin yoga is a slow practice that makes heavy use of props and blankets to assist in achieving a comfortable pose.  All exercises are performed on the floor and poses will be held for several minutes each.    

I have enjoyed teaching Yin Yoga for 3 years.  It’s a different approach to exercising your body and mind.  Instead of pushing and stressing the body, you relax into your muscles, wake up connective tissues and become more aware of physical sensations.  Exercises are held for several minutes so you also become very aware of your busy thoughts and mind.  – Meg

All exercises are performed on the floor.  No experience is necessary.  Let’s all learn together!

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. A dedicated student comments, “Meg is a skillful practitioner herself and a masterful teacher who knows how to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, respectful, meditative, yet informal and fun. There is no pressure to perform or compete – students are free to adapt the exercises, with Meg’s guidance, to their own abilities and needs.”  

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Music Therapy for Parkinson’s: Effective treatment while having fun!

Research supports the use of music therapy with individuals with PD for movement and gait training, vocal health, and psychosocial wellness. This experiential class with Alie Chandler will demonstrate how our bodies and brains respond to music through rhythmic movement, vocal play, drums, and various instruments. No prior musical experience necessary!
Alie Chandler, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, is Owner/Director of Ossia Music Services. She has a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University and has been a board certified music therapist since 2002. She has worked with clients of all ages and abilities in NY, CT, and NC, including the American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and Westchester Medical Center. Alie has published research on music therapy and autism, presented nationally, and is a certified provider through the National Parkinson Foundation. She is trained in both Neurologic Music Therapy and improvisational music therapy methods, and served as an advisor on the American Music Therapy Association’s Strategic Priority on Autism Spectrum Disorder.



American Dance Festival is proud to offer these 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.