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 

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 March 6-April 17
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.



African Dance Series with Ivy Burch

Prepare to travel the African Diaspora in this energetic and culturally rich dance exploration. Let the rhythms of the drums and movements of the Motherland uplift your soul and jump-start your body. The 90-minute class incorporates deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio intensive movements from various dance styles. Men and women of all levels are welcome. Childcare not provided. Live music. Please sign up in advance!

Saturdays from 12:00-1:15pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23

Price: $15 drop-in or $40 for the full series of 4 (just $10/class!)



These *free* workshops will use mindful movement, dance, and somatics to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity. At the conclusion of this first workshop series, participants will be offered the opportunity to continue working with professional choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan, as well as with Duke Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist Jeff Hoder, towards the integrated development of a new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season, and the foundations for future exchanges and research on Parkinson’s Disease. 

The last 30 minutes of class will be for open discussion and sharing, light snacks available or you are welcome to bring your own!

Classes are open for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and dancers from the Triangle community that wish to have a different relationship to their movement practice and to the body.  

Price:  FREE!

Dates:  Thursdays 11am-1pm, March 14-April 25 *no class March 28* 

About the artists:
Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.

They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at



parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops

Volunteer Orientation and Refresher for Parkinson’s Movement Initiative

Saturday, February 16, 2:30-4:00pm

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.