ADF Project Dance

Developed in 1998 in collaboration with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department, ADF Project Dance is an outreach program designed to expose the Triangle community to dance. Over the years, ADF Project Dance has worked with community partners such as libraries, public school systems, senior centers, children’s museums, Duke Hospital, community centers, as well as the Durham Parks and Recreation Department. ADF Project Dance provides master classes with professional teaching artists and guest performers as well as opportunities to attend live dress rehearsals and performances.

Valuing the importance of community and education, ADF continues to dedicate time and resources to providing youth the opportunity to explore their full potential through dance. In 2018, ADF’s outreach initiatives encouraged nearly 4,000 youth to take advantage of the many lifelong benefits a dance education has to offer.

Desarrollado en 1998 en colaboración con el Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Durham, el Proyecto de Baile de ADF es un programa de divulgación para exponer la comunidad del Triangulo a baile. Con los años, el Proyecto de Baile de ADF ha trabajado con parejas de la comunidad como bibliotecas, escuelas del sistema público, centros de mayores, museos de niños, el Hospital de Duke, centros comunitarios, y el Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Durham. El Proyecto de Baile provea clases magistrales con artistas docentes profesionales y artistas invitadas además de oportunidades a atender ensayos generales y representaciones.

 Valuando la importancia de comunidad y educación, ADF continua a dedicar tiempo y recursos a provea jóvenes la oportunidad a explorar su potencial completo entre baile. En 2018, los incentivos de divulgación de ADF animó casi de 4.000 jóvenes a tocan aventaje de los beneficios de toda la vida una educación de baile puede ofrecer.


project dance dates during adf 2019 seasoN


We would love to have you join us at one of our many outreach dates in the community during the 2019 ADF Season.  Our teaching artists lead 45 minute to 1 hour long dance workshops fun for the whole family!

Nosotros encantaríamos que se uniera a nosotros a uno de muchas fechas de divulgación en la comunidad durante la temporada de ADF de 2018. ¡Nos artistas docentes llevan 45 minuto a una hora larga talleres de baile que son divertidos para toda la familia!


  • Marbles Kids’ Museum, Saturday, June 15 at 2pm
  • East Regional Library, Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30am
  • Kidzu Children’s Museum, Saturday, June 22 at 11:30apm
  • Durham County Southwest Regional Library, Sunday, June 23 at 3pm
  • Marbles Kids’ Museum, Saturday, June 29 at 2pm
  • Durham County Southwest Regional Library, Saturday, July 6 at 3pm
  • Kidzu Children’s Museum, Sunday, July 7 at 2pm
  • East Regional Library, Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30am
  • South Regional Library, Friday, July 12 at 2:30pm
  • Marbles Kids Museum, Saturday, July 13 at 2pm
  • Kidzu Children’s Museum, Wednesday, July 17 at 11am



Each spring, ADF partners with Central Park School for Children (CPSC) to offer creative movement as an alternative to more traditional physical education classes. Gaspard Louis, Director of ADF Project Dance, leads these classes. In September 2014, students from CPSC performed Dance x 19 as a part of the Gaspard&Dancers annual concert at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater.

Pictures from CPSC students working with Gaspard&Dancers (Satsuki Scoville Photography):



i can jump like a ladybug

A student illustrates her favorite part of the workshop: “I can jump like a ladybug.”

In 2013 and 2014, ADF Project Dance provided free creative movement workshops to grades Pre K – 2 in Title I Schools in Wake County and Orange County. These workshops enhance the classroom learning experience by introducing children to one of America’s indigenous art forms, modern dance, and fostering creativity, team-building skills, and self-confidence. Working collaboratively with Jody Cassell (teaching artist and dancing storyteller) and based upon the needs of the classroom, each school had the option of choosing between three different classes in Ms. Cassell’s Dancing, Making Stories Come Alive! series: Dancing StoriesDance Healthy Bodies, and Language of Dance. Each workshop featured original live music created for each individual workshop by Jude Casseday.

Jody Cassell received her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and is the author of the children’s book, Where’s Leon? Jude Casseday received her MA in Speech Communication/Performance Studies from Eastern Michigan University and has been teaching and performing for over 30 years.



ADF Project Dance is made possible with major support from the SHS Foundation. Additional support is provided by Central Park School for Children and individual donors.