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


Community Movement Workshop Series

Gerri Houlihan’s popular Community Movement Workshop Series has been renamed COMMUNITY MOVES and added to our regular class schedule!  Please check under ADULT CLASSES in the left column for more informatioon and class registration (or just click here).

Drop-in Community Moves classes are $15 each, or you can purchase the full 13 week semester for $130 (this special deal available for Community Moves drop-in ONLY).  Call 919-797-2871 or email with questions!


parkinson’s movement initiative

Pilates for Parkinson’s workshops will transition into our regular class schedule and are now joined by weekly Dance for PD classes as part of our Parkinson’s Movement Initiative.  Please check under ADULT CLASSES in the left column for more information and class registration (or just click here).

In the meantime we are adding MORE exciting one-off workshops to choose from Fall Term in addition to our weekly drop-in classes:


The Levin JCC: 1937 Cornwallis Rd Durham, NC 27705

October 22, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Price: FREE!
*To avoid disappointment please register online or by calling 919.797.2871*
*Please note that this class will take place at the Durham JCC at 1937 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27705*
This class is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our instructors have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn.

Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and folk, and will also have opportunities to improvise, creating unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility.




Tai Chi is beautiful, peaceful and healing, and is great for building the core while increasing body/mind awareness. What you do in Tai Chi to heal is exactly the same as what you must do to be martially powerful and effective. 
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals and basic techniques of Chen Tai Chi.  Starting with an investigation of the heaven-earth relationship from the crown of the head through the feet, the instructor will move through and introduce basics like Chi Gung breathing, Silk Reeling, and Bow Stance. 
Participants can expect to explore upper and lower body movement, core building, weight shifting, and core turning and connection.  All levels and abilities are welcome, and modifications will be offered to those who wish to remain in the chair.  Afterward, feedback and Q&A are optional.





This fun, upbeat class will be focused on the use of large movements performed at a high intensity. The instructors will guide participants through exercises, introduce movement strategies, and provide information about using these principles in everyday functional movement. Modifications will be offered for each exercise.  Participants of all abilities are invited to attend!

Class participants can expect to receive individualized feedback, help creating an at-home exercise plan if desired, and Q&A about resources and information with instructors Eleanor Pleasants, PT, DPT and Emily Rhodes, PT, DPT, LSVT cert(R). 




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!



American Dance Festival is excited to offer these NEW 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.