Online Winter Intensives & Workshops

online winter workshop for educators | gerri houlihan

december 18 & 19, 2021
12:00-3:00pm ET 
ages 18+

Led by Gerri Houlihan
Assisted by Allie Pfeffer
Live music by John Hanks

The Workshop for Educators is designed for dance educators in all sectors.

  • Replenish your pedagogical and physical practices
  • Discuss timely topics
  • Build community with fellow educators

Daily Schedule
12:00-1:30pm     Movement class with live music
1:45-3:00pm       Group discussion


Enrollment overview

workshop Tuition fees

$75       Tuition for 2-day workshop

Enrollment Deadline

Monday, December 13, 2021

HOW TO enroll

Dance and connect with us in our online winter WORKSHOP!
Just follow these 3 easy steps below:

1. Enroll! Sign-up for the Online Workshop via the Mindbody website link below. You will find this program located under the “Workshop” tab in date order. 

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2. Zoom! Download the Zoom App on your phone or computer prior to the start of your first class. Zoom is free to access. We recommend students create their own Zoom account for ease of participation.

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3. Follow the links! We will email you your workshop Zoom link prior to the start date. All Zoom links will be sent to you from school@americandancefestival.org


Access & Policy

Online Program Access

Please contact us at school@americandancefestival.org if you have access or accommodation questions or requests.

Online PROGRAM policies

Liability waiver

  • A liability waiver must be completed digitally within Mindbody when signing up for a class/program.

Platform & Technology requirements

  • Internet access
  • Smart phone, tablet/ipad, laptop/computer – any digital device with access to working camera and audio
  • Zoom (no cost to access)

Policies for being a participant in an online class/program

  • Class needs and recommendations are listed if required or will be provided via email in advance. Please fully familiarize yourself with these guidelines for the best possible experience.
  • Participants should have their own zoom account and understand how it works prior to starting the class. Please follow the zoom link to arrive at each class. 
  • Arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to class start time. Participants will be held in a waiting room on zoom and admitted to class 5 to 1 minutes before the start time. This ensures we can begin on time and together as a community!
  • We request that everyone arrive to class on time and notify us if you will be more than 5 minutes late or absent for any class.

Refund Policy

Once enrolled in this workshop, fees are nonrefundable. Tuition fees will be refunded if we do not meet minimum enrollment requirements and/or are unable to run the program.


Class & Faculty Details

Class Description

Movement class

Grounded in the fundamentals of José Limón’s modern technique, this class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath. Class begins on the floor and progresses into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase. We will attend to music and rhythm, as well as coordination and spatial awareness to develop our artistry. This class emphasizes community and the joy of movement that results from dancing together.

Class Needs

  • An 8’x8’ movement space is recommended, but slightly smaller spaces are sufficient.
  • A journal for discussion and notes.
  • Participants will be asked to provide information prior to the start of the workshop including a brief bio, teaching history, and discussion topics.

Gerri houlihan

Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991 to 1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland, and Russia. She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010 to 2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

Allie PFEFFER, Class assistant

Allie Pfeffer received her BFA with honors in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In New York, her work was presented at Gibney and as part of the LaMaMa Moves Festival. After moving to NC in 2014, she co-founded A+A Dance Company with Alyssa Noble. A+A has produced two evening length works, in 2017 and 2019, and participated in other split bill performances around Durham. In addition to her work with A+A, she has performed with Gerri Houlihan, Renay Aumiller Dancers (RAD), Anna Barker/real.live.people, Stephanie Woodbeck. She has taught at Ninth Street Dance, ADF’s Samuel Scripps Studios, and various high schools around the area. Allie has been demonstrating for Gerri at ADF for several summers now.

John Hanks, musician

johnhanks-1John Hanks has been ADF faculty since 1984, attended ADF/Seoul (Korea) in 1990-1991, and ADF/Henan (China) in 2012 and 2014. He is Music Coordinator for the Duke University Dance Program and a busy freelance drummer/percussionist performing with many jazz, classical, musical theater, rock/blues, and contemporary music groups. He has released three albums of music for dance: Here Come the Drums, Drumjazz, and Percussion Jams.


ADF offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.