Adult Classes


*ONLINE* adult classes

*Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and with concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we will be holding classes entirely online unless otherwise noted.


2020-2021 ONLINE ClassES

Stretch Floor Barre with Andrea Bains and MIChael Dailey

January 12-March 9, 2021 (No Class February 23) – 8 class series
March 16-May 4, 2021 – 8 class series

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm EST ONLINE

Tuition:
$60 for full 8 class series
$10 to drop in 

Floor Barre is a 60-minute class inspired by and built upon a traditional ballet floor barre class. Muscles are slowly and systematically elongated through a series of stretch sequences, increasing flexibility and mobility. This is a relaxing, slower-paced class appropriate for any fitness level. This class is held online via Zoom.

REGISTER FOR STRETCH FLOOR BARRE

Technique, Musicality, and the Joy of Movement with Gerri Houlihan

January 17-May 16, 2021 (No class April 4)
June 6-27, 2021
July 18-August 15, 2021

Sundays, 1:00PM-2:15pm EST ONLINE

Tuition: $10 Drop-in

These classes are offered to dancers of various skill levels to bring us together in an open and supportive way and connect us all to our love for dance and community. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limón, the class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath for efficiency of movement. The class will begin with simple floor exercises and develop into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase.

Because music and its relationship to movement is such an important focus for Gerri’s approach to dance, we are delighted to say that music for these classes will be provided by our wonderful long-time ADF musician, John Hanks.

*Please note that if you sign up on the morning of class, you may receive your link right at 1pm*
*Students will be admitted to the Zoom room at 1pm, there will be no early admittance*

REGISTER FOR ONLINE DROP-IN WITH GERRI  

MINI LAB (A GLANCE INTO THE COMPOSITION PROCESS) WITH DAFI ALTABEB

Series of 6 classes:

March 7, 14, 21, 28, (no class April 4), April 11, 18, 2021
Sundays, 10:30AM-12:00PM EST ONLINE

Tuition: $50 for full series of 6

This workshop series with choreographer Dafi Altabeb focuses on the ways she creates, including her origins for creation and the tools she uses to invent new material from the dancers she works with.  In this series of 6 meetings, we will be able to dig deeply inside each of the participant materials and its emotional sources. We will focus on fantasy – what are our deeper fantasies that help us improve our present? The physical research will focus on leaning. Through different exercises, games, and improvisation, the dancers will experience sort of a lab of creation through the methods we use in the studio to create our personal, emotional, and delicate material. We will improvise and play with words, connotations, images, and dramaturgic instruction. We will work individually, in couples, and as a group. This class will be held on Zoom and you will receive a class link from ADF (not from MindBody) via email prior to class start. Advance registration recommended.

Dafi Altabeb is the recipient of the 2012, 2013 & 2016 Excellence Award for young choreographers from the Israeli Ministry of Culture, the Israeli Ministry of Culture performance award for 2018 ensemble with the piece “It’s Now. It’s Never”. She received the 2014 Rozenblum Award for Excellence from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv. Altabeb graduated from the “Kibutzim Collage of Education” with a B.Ed. and Teaching Diploma specializing in composition and EW Movement Notation. Altabeb started her career as a choreographer in 2005, creating works for “Intimadance” and “Gvanim” festivals and later she participated in “Curtain Up” and “International Exposure”. Altabeb’s pieces are being performed in major venues in Israel and abroad: ADF Festival (USA) Internationale Tanzmesse Dusseldorf (Germany), Les Brigittines Centre d’Art Contemporain (Belgium), Chang Mu International Dance Festival (S. Korea), Ballet Preljocaj – Pavillion Noir (France), “Guang-Gue Modern Dance Festival” (China) and “Viva Dance Festival” (Brazil) to name a few. In 2012 she was commissioned by the “Napoli Theater Festival” (Italy) to create a new piece for 6 dancers that was premiered in an archaeology site. In 2014 Altabeb was commissioned to create the choreography for “Stranger”, a new Israeli film directed by Tova Asher. Altabeb is the artistic director of Dafi Dance Company and works collaboratively with Nini Moshe, her life partner. Dafi Dance Company is supported by The Dance Division of the Israeli Ministry of Culture, The lottery council, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv Municipality and The Rabinovich Foundation. Altabeb creates for dance departments in Israeli high schools and teaches composition and repertoire workshops for dance students and professional dancers in Israel and abroad.

REGISTER ONLINE for mini lab with Dafi

Movement and Sound Improvisation into CHoreography WITH Janis Brenner

Series of 4 classes:

March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 2021
Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM EST ONLINE

Price:
$10 to drop in OR
$35 for full series of 4

These classes are open to all who improvise, teach, choreograph and/or perform as dancers, musicians, singers, actors, or interdisci­plinary artists. Participants will be guided to explore the process of integrating movement, music, voice, and speak­ing by delving into the mind/body con­nection, sensations, and experiences through structured impro­visation. We’ll be involved in “Serious Play!” exploring the influences of art forms on one another and creating a holistic approach to our artistic selves. These workshops are a synthesis of Janis’s many years working with such artists as Meredith Monk, Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais, and the development of her own unique teaching, performing and choreographic aesthetic over the last four decades. 

Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher/collagist and Artis­tic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry,” she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer.” Awards include the 2019 Critics’ Award and 2018 “Best Production” Award for Inheritance: A Litany at the United Solo Theatre Festival Off-Broadway, NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for performance in Meredith Monk’s work, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., Copperfoot Award for Lost, Found, Lost at Wayne State, Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, Asian Cultural Council, Trust for Mutual Understanding, O’Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, US Embassies in Moscow, Bosnia, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Brenner’s work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide, and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensem­ble from 1990 to 2005, 2014, recording on ECM Records. She was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Com­pany working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quar­tet, Joe Papp/The Public Theater, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009, mentoring the Dance Division’s Choreographers and Composers Collaboration project. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the US, Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR WORKSHOPS WITH JANIS

Sweaty Sensorial States with Leah Wilks

Series of 4 classes:

April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
Mondays, 6:00PM-7:30PM EST ONLINE

Price:
$35 for full series of 4 
$10 to drop in will open at series start

In this four-week series we’ll use imagery, highly guided improvisational scores, practices of repetition and endurance, and non-visual sensory explorations to discover new movement patterns and qualitative states. We will connect to the floor, to our back space, to the horizon beyond our screen, to our sense of smell, to our breath. I imagine we’ll sweat, perhaps get disoriented, and arrive, at the end, shifted to a different place than when we started. 

Leah Wilks is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based out of Brooklyn, NY (Munsee Lenape and Canarsie land) and Durham, NC (Eno, Lumbee, Shakori, Sissapahaw, and the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation land). At times, she is also a gardener, an elder-care companion, a musician, a facilitator, and a writer. Her research revolves around embodied memory, monuments, and death and dying practices.

Most recently, Leah has been a performer/collaborator in works by Okwui Okpokwasili, Kendra Portier|BAND, Anna Barker/Real Live People, Sara Hook, and Tommy DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she received the Excellence in Teaching for Undergraduate Education Award, and the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Choreography with collaborator Mauriah Kraker (L+M). Leah also works as a programs manager for the arts non-profit Culture Mill.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR class with Leah Wilks

Modern Jazz with Tracey Durbin

Series of 4 classes:

May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM EST ONLINE

Price:
$35 for full series of 4 
$10 to drop in will open at series start

Tracey’s soulful modern-jazz class encourages students to connect to movement in a supportive, non-judgmental way. This class is a blend of Latin, jazz, ballet, and modern, challenging students to move big and with feeling. A continuous choreographed full- bodied warmup builds a technical foundation for students of all dance-loving levels while  keeping everyone grounded, sweaty, and inspired. 

Tracey Durbin moved to Durham from Portland, Oregon where she was an integral part of the Portland dance scene for 25 years. She began her training with Julie Adler in Detroit and  at Interlochen. Tracey trained under Eugene Louis Faccuito, “Luigi,” one of the most famous international jazz teachers of his generation. The Luigi technique and philosophy became the foundation of her teaching. Tracey has choreographed and taught for Northwest Dance Project, Body Vox Dance, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Reed College. She was one of four choreographers chosen for the Northwest Dance Project “Chopin Project” with acclaimed pianist Yekwon Sunwoo and is also a featured artist in the book ‘Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond.’ Tracey currently teaches at NC State ,Ninth St Dance, and ADF.


how to enroll online for classes

Overview

  • Select the classes that best fit your experience and/or interests or contact us for assistance with class selection!
  • Experience level may vary for participants. 
  • If you register for a class, please plan to attend as some classes have limited capacity. 
  • We hope you join our learning community and reap the rewards of full participation!

Register Online on ADF’s MindBody Online Platform

ADF’s MindBody Online REGISTRATION Platform

  • After you register for your class(es), download the Zoom App on your phone or computer prior to the start of your first class. Zoom is free to access. We recommend you create your own Zoom account for ease of participation!
  • Zoom link will not be included in MindBody confirmation email, but will come in a separate email from ADF. We will email you your class Zoom links prior to the start of your selected class(es).

Class Policies & Requirements
review POLICIES/requirements here

Have questions? Email us at studios@americandancefestival.org


2021 online workshops & masterclasses

Connecting with balance with emily kent

Saturday, January 9, 2021
10:30AM-11:30aM EST ONLINE

Second Tuesday of the month through May 2021:
February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11
12:00PM-1:00PM EST ONLINE

Price: $10 per class

Pilobolus is a dance company that was founded fifty years ago by non-dancers who made art by exploring new ways of moving together. The company is now an American cultural Institution. The company was founded on the idea that everyone can dance, connect with their body, and access creativity through movement.

Connecting with Balance is a progressive exercise program based on a half century of developing techniques that create opportunities to investigate your body and its relationship to gravity. The company’s approach provides guidance that allows participants to progress at their own pace through the 9 classes.  Join us now for a special preview of this series.

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Get in touch, and connect with balance.

Emily Milam Kent graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a BSEd in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. She began working with Pilobolus in 1999 working first as a dancer and collaborator and then Teaching Artist.   She has created original works for high school and university dance companies for Pilobolus and as an individual artist. She has set classic Pilobolus repertoire on high school and university students; she and her partner Matt Kent, were the first to have the process notated by a Laban Notator. During her career with Pilobolus she has created new programs to share the Pilobolus Method to people of all ages and abilities to people around the country: Pilobolus @ Play, the flagship touring education residency, Connecting with Balance, a progressive program for the aging population, The Pilobolus Teaching Manual, to share our techniques with teachers. She spends her days teaching and training teachers to bring Pilobolus’s ideals of collaboration and improvisation to young and old.   

REGISTER ONLINE for Connecting with Balance

Work the Floor with Jessie Young

Saturday, April 3, 2021
12:00pM-1:45PM Eastern Time ONLINE

Price: $5

This class will be about working the floor! Work it for friction, for rebound, and for weight as a place to fall into and push down against as it pushes up against us. We will challenge and develop strategies for disorientation – eyes open, head shifting, swarms of heat, eyes closed, sensing/seeing with different parts of our body. We will get playful with floor work and “Floor Work” and move through scales of endurance.  What ways can we bring what we know from floor work back up to standing? We make this class and this work together, let’s see what we can discover together.  
 
This is a sample of Jessie’s movement practice that will be further explored in her class for ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive this year. Learn more about the Summer Dance Intensive on our website.  

Jessie Young lives on the unceded land of the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie peoples, known today as Brooklyn, NY. She is a choreographer, dancer and teacher, approaching choreography as a poetic provocation, challenging dance as a form that must constantly look at itself (and it’s history)  in relation to shifting sensorial, emotional, political, and cultural circumstances. Her creative practice takes inspiration from Angel Arambula, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Nia Love, Jennifer Nugent, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta and the dance artists she works with at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

She has been an artist in residence at New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NY), The Floor on Atlantic (NY) and Centrum (WA). As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with Abby Z and the New Utility, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta and Khecari Dance Theater, among others. Jessie has been on faculty at Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival, Mark Morris Dance Center and Gina Gibney Dance Center. In addition, she has taught master classes and leads workshops at Bard College, Pieter Performance Space, Beloit College, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle). She is currently on faculty at Rutgers University, American Dance Festival and contributes to the online teaching platform freeskewl. Jessie-Young.com

REGISTER ONLINE for WOrk the Floor

Yoga for Dancers with Robbie Cook

Saturday, May 22, 2021
12:00pM-1:45PM Eastern Time ONLINE

Price: $10

Yoga for dancers is a class rooted primarily in the principles of the eight limbs of Yoga through the lens of the needs of a dancer. Class will pay close attention to the breath, dynamic alignment, the quality of the mind while practicing as well as a sense of mobility within the postures. Robbie teaches from vinyasa tradition, which requires the practitioner to build up heat through a vigorous breath and sun salutation practice before moving into standing and seating poses and finally into a brief meditation practice. Verbal alignment cueing will be giving throughout the class as well as some physical demonstration.

Robbie Cook is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University and a teacher at American Dance Festival since 2012. Other teaching credits include in Sapporo, Japan as a company dancer with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Chadwick School in South Korea, the IUGTE Conference in Austria, Bates Dance Festival from 2011-2018, and Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México. Prior to Hofstra, he was on faculty at TCU, Loyola Marymount University, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Shenandoah Conservatory. Robbie has danced with a diverse assortment of choreographers spanning across many dance genres including Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Teena-Marie Custer, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Gerring, Edwaard Liang, Margaret Jenkins, Padma Menon, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Third Rail Projects, Jan Erkert, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Noriko Kato; he performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A as a duet with Hope Mohr and in David Michalek’s video installation SlowDancing/TrioA and participated twice in Deborah Hay’s SPCP. He holds an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and has most recently worked as a dancer with choreographers James Gregg and Guanglei Hui.

REGISTER ONLINE for Yoga for Dancers

Screendance 101 with Cara Hagan

Wednesdays, June 2-16, 2021 plus virtual screening on June 23
6:00-8:00PM Eastern Time ONLINE

Price: $180 for full series of 3 plus virtual screening on June 23 (no drop-in option)
Age 18+

Registration deadline May 28, 2021.

Screendance 101 is an introductory course for dance/movement and film artists interested in making dance for the screen. Participants will learn the theory and practice of making screendance in addition to delving into the history of the genre.

There are no equipment requirements, rather, participants will be encouraged to use items they have available to them, including phone, SLR, GoPro, both free and non-free editing software and other such items. If access is an issue, please contact Cara directly to discuss options.

If someone has accommodations that would be necessary to know before the workshop begins to reach out to Cara at moviesbymovers@gmail.com.

A final, virtual screening is scheduled on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7pm. Participants must plan to attend all class sessions and the final screening.

Cara Hagan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is informed by movement, words, digital space, contemplative practice, and community. Ms. Hagan has the pleasure of sharing her artistic pursuits across the United States and abroad. Most recently, Cara has set choreographic works on students at the UNC School of the Arts, Missouri State University, Roehampton University London, Gonzaga University, and on professional dancers at the DanceBARN Festival in Battle Lake, MN. Recent guest artist residencies include Thirak India (Jaipur), James Madison University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Bath Spa University, and DeMontfort University, among others. Further, Cara has made recent performance appearances at the Asheville Wordfest, the Taos Poetry Festival, the On Site/In Sight Dance Festival, Revolve Gallery Asheville, the Performática Festival in Puebla, Mexico, and the Conference on Geopoetics in Edinburgh, Scotland. In installation, Cara’s work has been seen at Art Produce San Diego, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Revolve Gallery Asheville, and at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh. A recipient of several grants and awards, Cara received the “Best Southern States Documentary” award for her short film, Sound and Sole from the Southern States Indie Fan Film Fest in Biloxi, MS in January 2019. She was awarded an artist residency at PLAYA Summer Lake for the fall of 2018 and an artist residency at Elsewhere Gallery for spring/summer 2020. She has been funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Forsyth County Arts Council, the Appalachian State University Research Council, the Cucalorus Festival, and the Dance Films Association, among other organizations. Ms. Hagan serves on the dance studies faculty at Appalachian State University, as well as serving as director and curator for ADF’s Movies By Movers, an annual, international dance film festival that hosts events at both the American Dance Festival and Appalachian State University. Cara’s creative work can be found in various publications, including literary journals Collective Terrain, Zocalo, Quill and Parchment, the Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing, and Headwaters Journal of Expressive Arts. Her scholarly publications can be found in the International Journal of Screendance, the Journal of Sustainability Education, Transmissions Journal of Media Studies, and in the book, Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures, edited by Telory D. Arendell and Ruth Barnes. Currently, Cara is under contract to complete her first solo-authored book through McFarland Publishing.  www.carahagan.net

REGISTER ONLINE for Screendance 101

Online Gathering for Educators

Last Sunday of each Month, January – May 2021
6:30PM-7:30pm EST ONLINE

Price: FREE

Hosted by ADF, led by Participants

Join other dance educators from all sectors in a monthly online discussion and exchange of ideas, experiences, and resources through an ADF hosted platform. This monthly gathering will be led and facilitated by the participants, so bring your ideas for conversation and sharing to the group! Connect and build a community of support amongst fellow educators, share what is and isn’t working for you during this unique time in education, and generate new ideas for moving forward.

Each gathering is set-up to meet for one hour. This time is flexible and participants will decide as a group when to end the meeting.

Dates
1/31/2021
2/28/2021
3/28/2021
4/25/2021
5/23/2021 (held one Sunday earlier due to the Memorial Day weekend)

REGISTER ONLINE FOR EDUCATOR GATHERINGS*

*Sign-up for each month is separate.

Dancing with (Zoom class series) with Tommy Noonan & Murielle Elizéon

February 25-April 15, 2021 (8 classes)
Thursdays, 10:00am-11:30Am EST ONLINE

Price: FREE

We are thrilled to continue the They Are All/Dancing With Project via Zoom! Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join Dancing With classes on Zoom, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Fill out the Dancing With Zoom class registration form by clicking here. After filling out the registration form, you will be provided links and instructions for accessing Zoom classes.
  2. Download Zoom to your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here for more information on Zoom.
  3. At the time of class, click on the link provided to launch Zoom on your device. A host will let you in.
  4. Enjoy a LIVE virtual class with Tommy and Murielle!

REGISTER FOR “DANCING WITH” ZOOM CLASSES

This free workshop series will use mindful movement, dance and imagery to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity.

The fall class series follows the 2019 creation of the ADF-commissioned performance They Are All (read press here), and is an integrated part of a unique 3-year project led by choreographers Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon in collaboration with a diverse group of dancers living with and without Parkinson’s, dance educators, Physical Therapists and Neuroscientists. The goal is to seed new perspectives on the positive effects of creative, mindful movement for those living with Parkinson’s, and to lay the groundwork for a future formal research project. Find out more at movingthrough.live.

The They Are All/Dancing With Project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support is provided by RTI International.

 
 

2020-2021 parkinson’s movement initiative (PMI) online

click for information about pmi online

JOIN PMI FOR WEEKLY CLASSES ON ZOOM THIS WINTER and SPRING!

We are thrilled to offer weekly dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s classes each week via Zoom.

  • Fall Term 2020:  September 13-December 11 (No classes November 23-29)
  • Winter Term 2021:  January 11-February 28
    • **no classes in March**
  • Spring Term 2021:  April 5-May 16

Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join PMI Zoom classes, please click the link below:

REGISTER Online FOR Parkinson’s Movement Initiative ZOOM CLASSES

Additionally, while we have paused our in-person studio classes in the face of COVID-19, PMI has built an online catalogue of videos for you to continue your practice at home.  Check out our YouTube channel for videos ranging in length from 3-25 minutes with your favorite Parkinson’s Movement Initiative instructors. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can find it again easily!


Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

Mondays, 2:00-3:15pm EST
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15pm EST

Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!  
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living. She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years.


Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm EST
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm EST

NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.

American Dance Festival is proud to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through this support, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

Additional support is provided by RTI International, the Lyna J. Rogers Fund of Triangle Community Foundation in memory of Betty Y. Powell, and individual donors.

     

El Festival de Baile Americano se siente orgulloso de ofrecer clases de la iniciativa del movimiento Parkinsons es asociación con NC Baile por Parkinsons y Soluciones de Bienestar Poe. Las clases estan soporatadas por una subvención de la Fundación de Parkinson’s. Tras los fondos, todas las clases ofrecida por la iniciative del movimiento Parkinson’s son gratis por los individuales viviendo con PD y los cuidadores. 


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