Adult Classes

*ONLINE* adult classes

*Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation 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.

how to enroll online for classes


  • 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).

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2021 ONLINE STUDIO ClassES & Workshops

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
May 10-July 4, 2021 – 8 class Series

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

$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.


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 – HYBRID! 11 in-person spaces available each class

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

Tuition: $10 Drop-in for Online, $15 Drop-in or class cards for in person

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*

*Please note that for in-person classes, you will be required to show your vaccination card upon arrival to the studios in order to participate*  


Alt Comp Workshop with Justin Tornow

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tuition: $10, *advance sign-up recommended*
*In real life! At Duke Park in Durham, by the tennis courts* 

This one-time dance composition workshop is meant for anyone who is interested in exploring practices in dance-making in a low-stakes, laboratory-like context. We will engage in spontaneous movement composition with a group structured improvisation to get tuned up, then dabble in chance and indeterminacy practices, performance scores, and site-sensitive prompts before embarking on short independent projects of your choice. This workshop is intentionally designed to provide a buffet of composition options that reach beyond formal composition practices and instead aim to find delight in the yet-unknown possibilities for moving together in time and space. Photo by Zoe Litaker.
Please note that this workshop will be held in and around the tennis courts at Duke Park in Durham so that we will have a built-in landscape for artistic exchange that reaches outside the boundaries of the studio and directly into our community.
Justin Tornow is a doctoral fellow at Temple University, soon to be transitioning from Durham to Philadelphia. A movement artist, educator, and researcher, Justin’s artistic interests are collaborative and interdisciplinary experiments, conducted with a core group of partners in visual art, sound design, filmmaking, and lighting design. Justin is the founder and director of COMPANY, co-creator of beta tests, producer of PROMPTS, and a co-founder of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA).

Since 2012, Tornow has taught college-level courses and workshops in technique, repertory, and composition as an adjunct and guest artist, and serves as summer faculty at the American Dance Festival. Justin was the 2017 teaching-artist-in-residence at Tanzart Atelier in Kirschau, Germany, and was a 2019 artist-in-residence at The Commons at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a 2018-2019 Cunningham Dance Research Fellow with the New York Public Library, Justin published original research on the pedagogy and practice of the technique titled Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom.

Register for Alt Comp Workshop

Sweaty Sensorial States with Leah Wilks

Series of 4 classes:

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

$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

$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.

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

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.

REGISTER ONLINE for Screendance 101

2021 ONLINE Summer Dance Intensive drop-in ClassES & workshops

If interested in learning more about and enrolling in the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI), which is held June 21 – July 17, visit our website here. You do not have to enroll in SDI to join the below classes – they are available and open to anyone to join!

Hip-HOp Groove Foundations with Quilan “Cue” Arnold

June 21-July 17, 2021
Mondays, 4:30PM-6:00PM EST ONLINE

Price: $10 per class
or FREE if enrolled in the Summer Dance Intensive

Hip-hop Groove Foundations focuses on essential hip-hop dance techniques (i.e. isolations, polyrhythm, footwork, groove) that deepen the understanding of students’ kinesthetic, creative, and cultural knowledge with the intent to broaden their tools for individual expression. The class ebb-and-flows between rigorous technical content through drills and combinations, and improvisatory cypher explorations. Students should expect to leave class with a sweaty shirt, an empty water bottle, and a thirst for more.


Contemporary jazz: the encounter DIASPORIC method with MOnique Haley

June 21-July 17, 2021
wednesdays, 4:30PM-6:00PM EST ONLINE

Price: $10 per class
or FREE if enrolled in the Summer Dance Intensive

African cultural values and principals are the frameworks inside of a contemporary jazz dance space, creating a unique ethos within a dancing community. This contemporary jazz class consists of grounded and athletic movement that inspires the dancer physically and taps naturally into the emotional nature of the artist. Expect syncopated rhythms, undulation, isolations, and active use of plié, weight shifting, and stylized/technical movement within the jazz aesthetic. The dancer will be encouraged to achieve not only a strong focus on style and embodying jazz technique but also to investigate and celebrate the freedom of expression through the body.


Yoga for Dancers with Robbie Cook

June 20, June 27, july 11, 2021
Sundays, 10:30am-12:00PM EST ONLINE

Price: $10 per class
or FREE if enrolled in the Summer Dance Intensive

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.


Your home – Your Dance – Your story: An exploratory workshop in physicality and creation with Ori Flomin

Saturday, July 10, 2021
11:00am-4:00PM* EST ONLINE
*Workshop break from 1-2PM

Price: $50
or $25 if enrolled in the Summer Dance Intensive

This workshop will help open our minds to the creative potential that new environments can offer. shifting to alternative spaces can feel frustrating and somewhat limiting. In this workshop, we will explore how ideas of training, creating, and performing are being reshaped, and how our own spaces can inspire creativity. 

Participants will engage in a physical practice as well as conversation to instigate ideas and share our experiences. During the first half of the workshop, we will practice a guided warm-up, some taught material, and guided improvisation. In the second half, we will explore creative ideas to generate new material and possibly come up with a short instant new segment that can be documented or performed virtually.

This workshop offers tools that can aid in the process of creative expression by revealing our personal story through our physicality and artistic visions. Even as we share a common reality online, we each still have our personal story within it. Let’s connect!


2021 Open CALLS

OPen call for NC movers and Makers

Saturday, May 22, 2021
all Auditions are IN-PERson at ADF’s Scripps Studios
721 Broad Street in Durham (second Floor)

9:30am-10:15am – Audition slot 1 (10 spaces)
10:30AM-11:15AM – Audition slot 2 (10 spaces)
11:30am-12:15PM – Audition slot 3 (10 spaces)
12:30PM-1:15PM – AUDITION SLOT 4 (10 spaces)

Price: FREE

AUDITION for Pairs in the Park (working title)

Looking for movers to build site-specific duets in collaboration with Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs to be presented by the American Dance Festival and performed throughout the NCMA sculpture park. Auditions are May 22, 2021 at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios at 721 Broad Street. Appropriate COVID protocol will be observed.

Project rehearsals will be held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios and outside at NCMA. Paid performances July 22-26, 2021.

Photo credit Garrett Garms.

Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon create original dance works that are deadpan slapstick, understated melodrama, autobiographical science fiction, cubist vaudeville, asymmetrically consonant explorations of magic and virtuosity in everyday movement. They met at the Bessie Schönberg Artist Residency at The Yard in 2002 and have been working together ever since. They were participants in the dance communities of New York City, Minneapolis, and Iowa City, before moving to Winston-Salem. Chris and Taryn’s choreographies have been presented across the US, Canada, Ireland, and France. In New York, in addition to the presentation of their work at La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, The Kitchen, and Danspace Project, they appeared together in the work of David Neumann, Yoshiko Chuma, Karinne Keithley Syers, and Sara Rudner. During their years in the Twin Cities, they were both McKnight Fellows, co-curators for Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Art Center, and their work was presented as part of the Walker’s Momentum Dance Series at The Southern, Red Eye Theater’s Isolated Acts, Jaime Carrera’s Outlet Performance Festival, and 9×22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Since moving to Winston-Salem, their work has been commissioned by the North Carolina Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, and finds residency/workshop support through their ongoing project, Interstitial: A site specific dance during the changeovers between art exhibits at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Griggs teaches at UNCSA, Yon at Appalachian State University. They are excited to create a new work for ADF to take place at NCMA’s Museum Park!

REGISTER ONLINE for open call

2021 Dancing With Project

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!


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

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

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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
  • NEW: Summer Term – 6 week series!
    • Only 2 classes per week (1 Dance, 1 Pilates), available on a Pay-What-You-Can basis (more information below)
  • Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join PMI Zoom classes, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Create a MindBody Online profile and password and select your PMI classes/pricing by CLICKING HERE.
      1. Summer Term is offered on a pay-what-you-can enrollment basis, which means that you must enroll for the full 6 weeks of your selected class (Dance or Pilates…or both!).  You may choose to the rate you are comfortable with: $30 ($5/class), $60 ($10/class), or $90 ($15/class) for your six class series. If you want to attend both Dance and Pilates, you must pay for each series separately.
    2. Download Zoom to your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here for more information on Zoom.
    3. At the time of class, click the link provided to launch Zoom on your device. A host will let you in to class.
    4. Enjoy a LIVE virtual class with the PMI team!


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 – Summer Term!
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 – Summer Term!
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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