Schedule & Classes

schedule & Classes

The Winter Intensive schedule is designed to challenge you technically, creatively, and intellectually in a unique and collaborative group learning experience. More than a series of classes, the ADF Winter Intensive is a cohesive curriculum that gives you the opportunity to move, make, research, discuss, and form relationships with other dance artists that last far beyond the eight days we spend together. 

Curriculum includes: 

  • Daily class in contemporary movement forms and techniques
  • Classes in additional techniques and practices: composition/creative process, hip hop, improvisation, somatics, or studio-based research
  • Community discussions to process our experiences and reflect on the critical lens
  • Informal lunch conversations with faculty
  • Attendance at a NYC performance

NEW THIS YEAR: Select your own repertory, research, or creative process class!

Choose two, in-depth four-day sessions, one for each half of the Intensive.  Each daily session lasts 2.5 hours. There will be a brief informal showing for Intensive participants at the end of each four-day session. Participants must pay the deposit in order to confirm your selections.      

  • Artists for Session 1: January 3-5, 2020
    • Kyle Marshall
    • Jesse Zaritt
  • Artists for Session 2: January 6-8, 2020
    • Netta Yerushalmy
    • Final artist to be confirmed—check back for updates!


*Students will be divided in two groups. The above schedule represents what one day may look like for one group. Groups will be assigned on the first day.

Learn more about the faculty here.

2020 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS – check back regularly for updates

Nia Love

Modern Roots
This class continues the study of practices and principles of contemporary dance, as informed by my particular experience and performance history. A general  focus is to help students find a connection to the floor from which they can stretch and move out into space. Attention is given to educating the body to move with specificity; to sharpening each student’s rhythmic, spatial and energetic acuities; and to augmenting each student’s range of qualitative possibilities. This class can help students experience longer center floor sequences, while also fostering students’ ability to self-direct as movers. Love’s Contemporary Modern class also called  “Modern Roots” focuses on the ever-expanding power of the Africanist presence in modern movement. The engine of the class is the syncopated and poly-rhythmic body. Exhilarating crisp and sharp release, rounded drop-n-stack gestures and agrarian movement sensibilities powered by polycentrism and initiated by core and distal sensibilities. Afro-Beat, Blues, Butoh and Funk landscapes are harvested and become identifiers that contextualize the power and force of the urban gait, the grounded pulsations, the flick, ‘wack’ and head-bobbing gestures that underscore the notion of trans-global movement. This class will equip the 21st century dance artist’ tool box into a more equitable conversation about the linages of contemporary modern post modern dance, improvisation and the avant-garde.

donnell oakley

The Play In/Between: Fluidity and Tension
Class will be a layering process; finding our obvious physical support systems, noticing what influences our choices, and allowing everything to inform the moment as opposed to distracting us from it. We will be readying both mind and body to find a genuine awareness from moment to moment as well as permission to play within the given structure. The class will culminate with a phrase using various movement qualities of momentum and fluidity as well as tension, bracing, bound energy, gesture and subtlety. Let’s work in AND between these states to find our vulnerability and power. We will improvise and work on set material to harmonize with these ideas and wake up, whatever the outcome.

Christian Von Howard

Contemporary Dance Technique
This class is a highly physical movement experience that explores many diverse movement vernaculars. The warm-up will consist of exercises that spiral in and around a contracted and released core, as well as polyrhythmic movement phrases that push across the space. Movement material will call for dancers to transition in and through inverted positions and challenge their ability to take on dense phrase material that investigates the many pathways of the body. The instructor’s goal is to promote an in-depth understanding of alignment, skeletal awareness, stretching, strength building, movement efficiency, and injury prevention.

Netta Yerushalmy

Deconstructing Dance History: A Studio Practice
This workshop follows in the footsteps of my Paramodernities project. It is about meeting ourselves a new, through re-embodying what I refer to as the “geological” layers that comprise our trained dancing bodies. In the first half of the week we’ll spend time studying and dancing movements that we in some sense know, that we take for granted, or that we deem “old school” and naive. Like trying on a period-costume and allowing it to change our behavior, we’ll reverently (if temporarily) commit ourselves to the physicality, meaning, and ideologies that these movements hold. The second half of the workshop will be about manipulating that information with a variety of irreverent methods. These deconstructive methods aim at generating new perspectives for workshop-participants about our individual and shared past-present-future moving bodies.

André  Zachary

Physical Propulsion
Physical Propulsion is a training method of engaging the body through space using floor, standing and aerial techniques rooted in sacro-cranial alignment and awareness. The training method is built to functionally and tactically use physicality as an artistic conduit while testing the limits of movement across dimensions, especially across the usually forgotten transverse plane – the “z-axis”. The aim is to achieve greater dynamic range across many levels while maintaining maximum efficiency in the body. Movement is generated and activated through the pulsating spine like a coiling bedspring. The class works from the ground-up to align the body to connect phrases with energy that coils and recoils akin to the spring. The movement variations are based on modalities from Flying Low technique – codified by David Zambrano, Laban, Límon and Capoeira. The growth and development of the Physical Propulsion is facilitated dually by personal inquiry as well as the exchange and input of movement practitioners from around the globe. The goal of each class is to gain more comfort and courage using the body into and out of the floor with dynamic range of motion, a sense of togetherness with class takers and musicality throughout the space.

Performance Tickets

Students attending the NYC Winter Intensive will attend one performance (ticket is included in tuition cost): we will announce the show soon!