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 Summer term Workshops


Ronald K. Brown Community AUdition

Saturday, June 16, 2-6pm

Dance with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in a section of On Earth Together during its 2018 ADF Performances! All are encouraged to audition: multi-age, multi-level, including seniors and children over age 7. 

*Please register online or call 919-797-2871. To be eligible for the audition you must enter full name, address, email, and phone number when signing up*

Participants MUST be able to commit to all rehearsals and performances listed below — no exceptions.

Six Rehearsals from 6-10pm each night:
Thursday, June 21 from 6-10pm
Friday, June 22 from 6-10pm
Saturday, June 23 from 6-10pm
Monday, June 25 from 6-10pm
Tuesday, June 26 from 6-10pm
Wednesday, June 27 from 6-10pm

Three performances:
Thursday, June 28 at 8pm
Friday, June 29 at 8pm
Saturday, June 30 at 7pm


Register online

Pilobolus Shadow workshop for adults

June 17, 1:30-4:30pm

Back by popular demand!  This workshop, led by the beloved, internationally-renowned dance company Pilobolus, invites you to experience Pilobolus’ collaborative creative process and shadow-making techniques. The class is 

playful, group-driven, physically challenging, and fun. Pilobolus fans and curious minds from all walks of life will learn to access untapped areas of creativity and improve effectiveness in a group. Go “behind the screen” and work with others to create incredible composite shapes and shadow magic.

This class is perfect for all adults with any level of movement background!

 Photo: John Kane
Price: $50
About the instructors:

Edwin Olvera, a proud Wisconsinite, has spread his wings far and wide. His skill and ability has been of worldwide note as he has performed and taught in locations across the globe. After attending UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Edwin joined the world renowned dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, where he was an integral force in the choreographic & creation process over the course of eleven years. During this time, he was featured on countless television shows and commercial advertisements including Sesame Street, Born to Dance, and the NFL Channel. Edwin has collaborated with international artists Inbal Pinto and Basil Twist and has been featured in articles by both Dance and Dancer Magazine. In 2015 under the guidance of Olympic choreographers Gavin Robins and Leigh-Anne Vizer, Edwin was a dance captain for a team of 150 performers within the 44th national Dubai Day celebration. In 2016 he was a movement artist for Britney Spears at the MTV VMA’s in Madison Square Garden. As a creative entrepreneur, Edwin blogs about what it takes to be a successful freelance dancer! For more info visit:

Gaspard Louis was born and raised in Haiti. His performance experience includes touring with the cutting-edge and internationally-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. In addition to performing, touring, and teaching globally with Pilobolus, he collaborated on nine major dance works during this formative decade with the company. He has also choreographed for Freespace Dance Company in New Jersey and Kentucky University Dance Ensemble. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Gaspard&Dancers and currently directs the American Dance Festival’s year-round creative movement outreach program, ADF Project Dance, which provides free dance classes to Triangle-area youth.


register online


Ronald K. Brown Master Class

Tuesday, June 19, 7-8:30pm
Price: $15

Classes begin center floor with an emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer, and celebration. Center floor work will introduce participants to the methods and various dance techniques that are incorporated into the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Phrases across the floor will use influences from western modern dance as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.

About the instructor:
Ronald K. Brown founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works among many other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico. He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner.

Brown choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. He has also won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray & directed by Diane Paulus. In addition, Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.



parkinson’s movement initiative

Weekly classes for this cycle will end on May 27.  Thanks for a great year of programming!  Stay tuned for future announcements.

Upcoming special workshops listed below:

Sunday, June 24, 3-4:30pm
In this workshop we will begin with a chair warm-up, inviting participants to bring awareness to their breath, gently mobilize joints and muscles and move with attention to their body sensations. We will then dive into Argentine Tango core principles such as leading and following, embrace, connection to a partner, and walking. Throughout the workshop, we’ll engage in a safe and nonjudgmental discovery of the social dance through learning and playing with simple movement patterns alone and in pairs. Our goal is to invite new movement possibilities and connect with a sense of playfulness.
This introduction to Argentine Tango workshop is designed for participants with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
Below is an article on a research around Argentine tango and Parkinson’s:
Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has toured with various dance companies in France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the US. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and age groups. Murielle learned Argentine Tango between Europe and Argentina and has danced, taught, and performed it in Europe and the US for more than 12 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.


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.