ADF Dance Camp (ages 8-12)


Children ages 8-12 are invited to join ADF for a week long summer dance camp held in a welcoming and non-competitive environment. Students will participate in a variety of classes taught by expert faculty to expand their knowledge and understanding of dance!

Each day, students will need:

  • Comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows for a full range-of-movement
  • Bag lunch
  • Water bottle

Camp runs from 9a-3p daily, with before and after care available for a small additional fee.

Price: $300/student*
*Additional $50/household for early drop-off (8-8:30am) and late pick-up (3:30-4pm) for the duration of camp


Jazz/Contemporary with Courtney Owen-Muir:
Students will warm up by exploring basic elements of dance and choreography such as shape, rhythm, gesture, and tempo. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate music to movement.
Contemporary Partnering with Ronald West:
Contemporary dance is a multi-disciplinary class including instruction in abstracted ballet, jazz, and hip hop phrase work fused together, while focusing on dance composition and dynamics in movement. This class will develop the movement vocabulary of each dancer beyond technical terminology, broaden how each dancer moves naturally, and help train each dancer to be mentally and physically adaptive in an ever-evolving contemporary dance world. We will also focus on partnering and weight sharing with an emphasis on how to accomplish these bold power moves safely.

Dance Composition with Jessica Hudson:
Choreography is something that we all have the capability to make – beginners and professionals, dancers and non-dancers.  We each have a unique choreographic voice that just needs some structures and some inspiration.  In this class we will learn to think like choreographers to create solo and group dances.  We will be inspired by looking at excerpts of classic and established modern dance and dance-theatre choreographers including Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Alvin Ailey and Bill T Jones.  Using the choreographic elements (body, energy, space, and time) we will explore the idea of a stage picture so that we can make spatial choices based on audience/performer relationship.
Site Specific Dance with Stephanie Leathers:
Site-specific dance moves away from the confines of a proscenium stage. Our surroundings (nature and infrastructure) shape our decisions as movers, makers and thinkers, emphasizing the environment we inhabit. How we place ourselves in alternative landscapes informs our responses, creating atmosphere for investigation and questions that send bodies into motion.

Ballet with Marsha Thomas:
Strength, flexibility, and focus are not the only benefits of this introductory ballet class. Students will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment.

Scholarships available. More info here.  


About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

August 7 to August 11, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm