adf studios Winter 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 

Movement workshop with Camille A. Brown

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Price:  FREE!

Rooted in the African-American vernacular, this movement workshop with Camille A. Brown celebrates the power of African-American social dance and its impact and influence on American dance forms throughout history. Participants are taken on a social dance journey. From “the wing” to “the whip”, attendees investigate the ways communities used movement as a way of social expression including at times, protest, liberation, and/or healing or purely for fun and entertainment. By learning about the past, it is Camille’s hope that the spirit of expression through movement is embodied in our present day – providing the individual with a platform to celebrate their identity and to share their personal expression with the community of participants.

This workshop is co-presented with Duke Performances.  
Check out these additional open residency events through Duke with Camille Brown’s company this week:
Residency events are all leading up to performances of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play the weekend of February 1 & 2.  Information and tickets here: 
Made possible, in part, with support from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.




Let GO. Play big. Notice more.
with David norsworthy

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Price: $15
This improvisational theatre mantra has become a part of my artistic DNA in the past few years. Guided by these meta-directives, we will engage in a collective movement practise to close the gap between our bodies and our brains. Explorations of perception and sensation may yield new questions, and we will listen to these curiosities with our entire bodies. We may also work on acknowledging influence, insisting on togetherness, exposing assumptions, searching for honesty and changing strategies. Then I will offer self-reflective prompts and protect time for individual contemplation before inviting a group discussion. Finally, we may engage in small group improvisational scores to further explore key ideas; transitioning between the roles of audience and doer. My goals as a facilitator include responding to the needs and desires of the participants, holding space for disagreement, admitting my own potential wrongness openly, reminding participants of their inherent individual power (and the danger of abusing it), and sharing my enthusiasm for movement and philosophy without apology.
Photo by Francesca Chudnoff


Community Engagement Practice with Kimberly Bartosik

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Price: $5

This set of practices, to be shared with a variety of communities, is designed to experientially introduce the public/participant/audience member to the process of creating I hunger for you, allowing for deeper engagement if/when they see the work, and inspiring conversation around the project’s themes. It involves a shared doing of physical prompts which open the body to sensory experience and the themes defining the piece: faith, violence, life force, and compassion. The practice involves physical and imagistic exercises that encourage an encounter with and connection to one’s body, history, memories, each other, the palpability of time passing, and the immediacy of being alive. These practices are responsive to who is in the room. Any age, race, gender, or ability can be accommodated.

This is not a dance class! This practice is open to all abilities and ages (12+), just wear comfortable clothes and come ready to explore with us.

Made possible by the Community Engagement Fund, supported by New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 


Alexander Technique in MOtion: A mid-day restorative practice

Wednesdays January 9-February 13, 2019
Price:  $15 drop-in or $60 for the 6 class series

This class is designed for those wanting to put a potent pause in a busy day. The class will draw from the Alexander Technique, an approach to transforming bodily stress into movement ease. You’ll gain an understanding of how brain and body work together by applying unique ways of moving mindfully on the floor, sitting, standing, and moving through space. The “easercises” are designed to shift our habitual thinking from stressful reactions to becoming more present. Participants will learn to move in ways that encourage effortlessness and restore a sense of pleasurable embodiment. This learning can transfer into daily living, giving you a means of transforming stress on the go. No specific movement training is necessary. All are welcome to join the full series or drop in as you can.

About the instructor: Over the last four decades, Glenna Batson has honed an approach to teaching that integrates dance, human movement science, and somatic movement studies. During the 1970s, she apprenticed with Irene Dowd for four years (Ideokinesis, kinesthetic anatomy). From 1987 through 2014, she introduced Somatics into dance as faculty of the American Dance Festival’s summer program and the Hollins/ADF MFA. From 2008-2016, she taught extensively in England, and in October 2018, received an honorary fellowship award for contributions to Dance Science and Somatics from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been recognized for her pioneering research on improvisational dance Parkinson’s disease (2009-2014). In the last two years, she taught mainly in Ireland, co-directing the training program for the Alexander Technique Centre Galway, and guest teaching in a variety of dance-for-health projects. Now in her seventh decade, Glenna is keener than ever on sharing the power of movement as catalyst for meeting the challenges present in our world today.



parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops


Volunteer Orientation and Refresher for Parkinson’s Movement Initiative

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 ( or Susan (

For registration info, contact Julia (





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.