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ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios is a non-recital school that offers young dancers a nurturing space to discover the joy of movement. Our experienced faculty focuses on each individual student to help them build confidence and foster an appreciation for dance.

Winter/Spring 2024 Youth Classes
16 Week Term – January 8 – May 5, 2024 (no classes March 25–29)

Youth 16-Week Tuition – $288
Trial Class – FREE! (week of January 8th only)*
Sibling or Multi-class Discount – 10% multi-class discount in a single household*
Tuition Early Bird Discount – $15 off for youth registration through December 20.
* call 919-797-2871 to redeem
No refunds after the first 2 weeks of term

Scholarships Available

COVID-19 Policies: Proof of COVID vaccine and boosters are not required at
ADF Scripps Studios. Masks are at the discretion of the faculty.

Discovering Dance
ages 3–5

Discovering Creative Movement

Wednesdays at 5:005:30 pm
About the Class

In this class series, your dancer will explore movement through a modern dance lens. We will practice moving as a class and as individuals with focus on upper/lower isolation, body-half coordination, locomotor/non-locomotor movements and the power of stillness. As we grow, we will develop communication and collaboration through sharing the space with our peers. We will encourage and facilitate growth in body awareness, sense of community and self-confidence in addition to moving with control using the modern dance vocabulary.

Teacher: Emilie Raleigh & Daisy Hodge

 

Discovering
Ballet

Wednesdays at 5:30–6:00 pm 
About the Class

In Discovering Ballet, children will explore different ways to move their bodies through space. Dancers will learn fundamental ballet skills including pliés, relevés, and leaps. In class, students will utilize props such as scarves to enhance their dancing experience. Dancers should be ready to play, laugh, move, and discover. Together we will dance! 

Teacher: Daisy Hodge

Discovering Creative Movement

Saturdays at 9:009:30 am
About the Class

In this class series, your dancer will explore movement through a modern dance lens. We will practice moving as a class and as individuals with focus on upper/lower isolation, body-half coordination, locomotor/non-locomotor movements and the power of stillness. As we grow, we will develop communication and collaboration through sharing the space with our peers. We will encourage and facilitate growth in body awareness, sense of community and self-confidence in addition to moving with control using the modern dance vocabulary.

Teacher: Lydia Banuelos

Intro to Dance
ages 6–8

Intro to
Jazz

Tuesdays at 5:00–5:45 pm
About the Class

Let’s move and shake together! In this Introduction to Jazz class, we will explore the fundamentals of jazz technique. We will do this by starting with an energizing full-body warm-up which will then lead us to move across the floor. Then, we will learn a dance phrase (choreography) in the center of the space. Every class will end with a cool down to thank our bodies for all the hard work. In this class, we will laugh, sweat, explore, and dance to all different styles of music while working on our strength, alignment, and technique!

Teacher: Daisy Hodge

Intro to
Ballet

Thursdays at 5:15–6:00 pm
About the Class

This class will focus on teaching fundamental ballet technique and vocabulary. It will introduce the students to barre work and simple center exercises aimed to build coordination, balance and alignment.

Teacher: Kahlila Brown

Intro to
Modern Dance

Saturdays at 9:3010:15 am
About the Class

In this class series, we will grow our understanding of dance fundamentals focusing on movement skills, creation, and collaboration. We will work on upper/lower body and left/right coordination, musicality, low/middle/high levels, and more beginner modern technique skills. While working on these specific elements, we will improve our ability to communicate, collaborate, and create as a class and in smaller groups through choreography lessons. I will foster an encouraging environment that allows dancers the freedom to explore moving with control in a variety of different ways, while developing a sense of community with their peers.

Teacher: Lydia Banuelos

Intro to
Hip-Hop

Saturdays at 10:15–11:00 am
About the Class

Students will learn various movements to help build a solid foundation and develop confidence while learning about the history of hip-hop. Basic movements from the styles of breakin’ and party dancing will be learned and applied.

Teacher: Jose Velasquez

Dance Fundamentals
ages 9–12

Jazz
Fundamentals

Tuesdays at 5:45–6:45 pm
About the Class

Let’s dance! In Jazz Fundamentals, we will work on our basic jazz technique with attention to moving one’s body to several styles of music. We will begin class with a dynamic full-body warm-up and then progress to moving across the floor. This will send us back to the center of the room to learn choreography built through dance phrases we will learn together. Every class will end with a cool down to thank our bodies for all the hard work. Be ready to sweat, explore, learn, and most importantly dance while working on our strength, alignment, and technique!

Teacher: Daisy Hodge

Modern Dance Fundamentals

Wednesdays at 5:30–6:30 pm
About the Class

Throughout this class series, we will work on beginner modern dance fundamentals including but not limited to upper/lower body coordination, head-tail connection, floor transitions, weight sharing, core strength, and safety in shifting weight into hands. We will focus on the beginner basics to Cunningham, Safety-Release, and Gaga techniques, with the main focus of the class being enhancing the dancers’ comfortability by moving in specific shapes with control. I will facilitate and encourage a supportive community of dancers that can communicate about and create dances while applying the modern technique skills we are improving weekly.

Teacher: Emilie Raleigh & Kahlila Brown

Ballet
Fundamentals

Thursdays at 6:00–7:00 pm
About the Class

This class will focus on teaching ballet technique and vocabulary through barre, across the floor, and center exercises. Students will enhance their body alignment, coordination, and strength.

Teacher: Kahlila Brown

Hip-Hop
Fundamentals 

Saturdays at 11:00 am–12:00 pm
About the Class

In this class, we will dig deeper into Hip-Hop and focus on variations and more advanced movements. The idea of freestyling and a cypher is introduced and applied at the end of every class. Students are challenged and encouraged to step outside their comfort zones to better prepare them to engage in movement outside of the classroom.

Teacher: Jose Velasquez

ADF Scripps Studios building

Samuel H. Scripps Studios

721 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

919-797-2871
jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

We are located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. There is ample free parking (including two handicap parking spots) in the lot connected to our building.