adf studios FALL term Workshops
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
Thursday, October 18
Class level: Open
In this postmodern dance class, we will cultivate physical intelligence and curiosity using practices and values that draw from Western and African diasporic dance/movement traditions. We’ll also develop our capacities to be creative and make choices by working with others to access all the intelligence in the room. Class will include guided somatic-based explorations, physical problem-solving activities, and both follow-along and learned dance phrases that encourage bold movement and the integration of the whole self—body, mind, and spirit. Leah’s class is communal, athletic, and thoughtful. Come to work hard, laugh, and discover what we are capable of!
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.
Photo credit: Grant Halverson.
Saturday, October 20
Class level: Intermediate/Advanced
Megan teaches a fluidly-staccato-swinging-floorwork-handstand-post-modern-pelvis-rolling-eyes-widening-absurdist-release technique class. Thirty minutes of dynamic floor noodling, some chewy across-the-floor inversion practice, and longer phrasework is to be expected. Incorporating elements of classic modern dance technique (Limon, Horton, a dash of Cunningham, and perhaps even a sprinkle of some ballet) with improvisation, yoga, and release, Megan is interested in movement that is both raw and specific, with an emphasis on pathways of motion.
Photo by David Cimetta
About the instructor:
Megan Mazarick is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Growing up, she took dance classes with her mom at Arts Together in Raleigh, NC a studio that encouraged creativity and loving the skin you are in. She earned her BFA in dance from UNCG and an MFA in choreography from Temple University. As a choreographer, she makes work that is humorous, political, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and love of fantasy. She has shown work internationally (Singapore, Bulgaria, Egypt, Poland, Australia, and Hungary) and throughout the USA (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City, etc.). As a performer she has worked with Susan Rethorst, Keith Thompson, Marianela Boan, Merian Soto, Anonymous Bodies, and members of Lower Left. Megan has taught technique, improvisation, and composition classes at studios, festivals, and universities around the globe.
parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops
Monday, October 8, 10:30-12:00pm
Are you interested in supporting your community? Become a Parkinson’s Movement Initiative Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to support Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s.
This workshop is FREE and is a great place to start if you would like to get involved or learn more about the program, and is also a great refresher for our returning volunteers from last term.
- What makes a good volunteer?
- People person interested in building relationships
- Enjoy offering support and assistance
- Observant of self, others and surroundings
- Ready to get moving
- Ready to have fun
In this training you learn about the following:
- The Parkinson’s Movement Initiative
- Why Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s
- Common Symptoms
- What to expect in class
- Volunteer expectations
To learn more contact Meg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan (email@example.com).
For registration info, contact Julia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
American Dance Festival is excited to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes and volunteer trainings 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.