Adult Classes

 

2019 SUmmer Term Adult Classes 

Summer Term:  June 3-July 28, 2019

All drop-in classes that take place at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios (721 Broad Street) are $15 to drop in with class cards available for a discounted rate, advance registration not required.  

Summer WFSS classes in collaboration with the ADF School and Summer Dance Intensive are first-come, first-served and are $10 admission (advance registration recommended to guarantee a spot!).
These classes are part of the Summer Dance Intensive WFSS (pronounced “woofs”) schedule. WFSS classes are optional drop-in classes led by ADF faculty and guest artists that give SDI students the opportunity to cross train in different forms, participate in special repertory projects, and engage in discussions and panels. This year for the second year in a row, select WFSS classes are open to the local dance community for drop-in at $10/class. Advance registration highly recommended, as local dancers will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Class pass/class card information – not valid for WFSS classes:

  • Regular 5 class pass – *never expires* – $65 – ($13 per class)
  • Regular 10 class passes – *never expires* – $120 – ($12 per class)

  • *NEW* 5 class term pass – *expires 3 months from first use* – $60 – ($12 per class)
  • *NEW* 10 class term pass – *expires 3 months from first use* – $110 – ($11 per class)

  • *NEW* Student 5 class pass – *expires 1 year from first use* – $55 – ($11 per class)
  • *NEW* Student 10 class pass – *expires 1 year from first use* – $100 – ($10 per class)

When you use up your 5 or 10 class pass, you will be sent a personalized coupon for $10 off your next class card as a thank you for dancing with us!

For upcoming workshops click HERE.

 

2019 SUmmer Term Drop-in Classes at ADF’s studios

Summer Term:  June 3-July 28, 2019

cunningham-based technique with Justin Tornow

Mondays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 7:00–8:30pm

Justin’s classes are based in Cunningham Technique, taught through a contemporary lens. We will move through the traditional standing class sequence with a focus on energy management and anatomically-based placement. The practice we seek is grounded in an easy curiosity and experimentation—we’ll dissect technical movements into do-able formats, and get a handle on some of the philosophical foundations of the technique. It’s my belief that Cunningham class is a site for freedom and play, all while deepening a connection with your inner technician.

Community moves – Basic WITH Megan Yankee – Enrollment class 

Price:  $96 for term or $15 to drop-in

By popular demand, we are bringing this special enrollment class to the space as an extension of our wildly popular Community Moves – Open class!  This class is suitable for adult beginners with little to no dance experience.
 
Community Moves: Basic is an intersectional, intergenerational modern dance class designed to unite people of all experiences levels through movement (including beginners!). Students can expect exercises to be taught at a gradual, gentle pace that focuses on developmental movement patterning, balance, breathing, and simple choreography. Megan offers exercises in such a way that empowers students to individually modify movements for more or less challenge. Students are encouraged to interact, help each other create mini-dances, and celebrate their unique and shared movement experiences throughout class. In addition to focusing on precision, the class is intended to embolden new movers and provide a gentle weekly practice for more experienced movers at the same time.

MODERN JAZZ with Tracey Durbin

Wednesdays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 6:30-8:00pm
This soulful modern-jazz class equips dancers with a strong technical foundation while focusing on lowering the dancers’ center of gravity and syncopating movement with a blend of latin, modern, ballet, and jazz. This intense fluid class emphasizes the relationship between music and movement and inspires dancers to feel movement from the inside out, keeping you engaged, sweaty, and inspired.

Community moves – OPEN WITH GERRI HOULIHAN

Sundays at ADF’s SHS Studios, 1:00–2:30pm

This much-beloved series is now on our regular schedule as a drop-in class!  Drop-in classes are $15 each (regular class cards available for a discounted rate).
 
This class has evolved into a movement class for adults with some dance background and an interest in continuing and developing their movement skills. The class begins with stretching and strengthening exercises on the floor, and progresses to movement sequences traveling through space. Whether your last dance class was 10 weeks ago or 10 years ago, we encourage you to join us in this supportive and enthusiastic class environment.

For adult beginners, we strongly recommend Community Moves – BASIC with Megan Yankee on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45pm. 

 

REGISTER ONLINE for Drop-ins at ADF Studios 

 

2019 Spring/Summer Term Local WFSS OPtion in COllaboration with ADF School and Summer dance intensive 

These classes are part of the Summer Dance Intensive WFSS (pronounced “woofs”) schedule. WFSS classes are optional drop-in classes led by ADF faculty and guest artists that give SDI students the opportunity to cross train in different forms, participate in special repertory projects, and engage in discussions and panels. This year for the second year in a row, select WFSS classes are open to the local dance community for drop-in at $10/class. Advance registration highly recommended, as local dancers will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

WFSS Technique class at DSA (Durham School of the Arts – Carr Studio)

Wednesdays during the Festival at DSA – Carr Studio, 10:30-11:45am
June 19, 26, July 10, 17
Price: $10

You must be 18 years old to participate in this class.
Advance registration or on-site credit card only. *no cash/check/studio class card*
**Please note this class will be at Durham School of the Arts (DSA), at Carr Studio**
 
Rotating dance technique class with Summer Dance Intensive faculty:
  • June 19: Contemporary Practice with Leah Cox
  • June 26: Technique with Marc Brew
  • July 3: NO CLASS
  • July 10: Countertechnique with Rosanna Tavarez
  • July 17: Contemporary Practice with Gerri Houlihan
PRICE: $10

Directions to DSA: https://bit.ly/2JD5NtM 

DSA has a parking lot next to the building.

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WFSS Ballet at the Ark (Duke East Campus)

Saturdays during the Festival at the Ark on Duke East Campus, 10:30-11:45am
June 22, 29, July 6, 13
Price: $10

**PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BE AT THE ARK ON DUKE’S EAST CAMPUS**
ADVANCE REGISTRATION or on-site credit card payment ONLY. No cash/check/studio class cards.
You must be 18 years old to participate in this class.
 
Taught by Ramón Flowers, this ballet class incorporates an eclectic mixture of technique, musicality, and movement. The class will have an emphasis on technique and will incorporate a sense of fun while reminding the student that ballet is a form of the performing arts. Students will be given combinations that move in a challenging way, by exaggerating classical positions, and pushing them to explore their movements further.

Directions to The Ark: http://bit.ly/290PyW7

Duke University parking info: http://parking.duke.edu/parking


Contact Improv Jam at the Ark (Duke East Campus)

Saturdays during the Festival at the Ark on Duke’s East Campus, 4:00-6:00pm
June 22, 29, July 6, 13
Price: $10

**PLEASE NOTE THIS JAM WILL BE AT THE ARK ON DUKE’S EAST CAMPUS**
Advance registration or on-site credit card payment only. No cash/check/ studio class cards.
You must be 18 years old to participate in this jam.
 
Community members are invited to join ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive in a supportive, focused space to develop and practice your ensemble and contact improvisation skills. The jam will begin by establishing rules and intentions, move into a brief session that imparts some basic skills for those new to contact, and arrive at an open jam session. Live music. All levels welcome.

Directions to The Ark: http://bit.ly/290PyW7

Duke University parking info: http://parking.duke.edu/parking

 

REGISTER ONLINE for WFSS CLass Drop-ins 

 

2019 Spring/Summer Term Adult Enrollment Classes 


*NEW* Adult enrollment classes that take place at ADF’s SHS Studios (721 Broad Street) are $96 to enroll for the full Spring Term.  Must reach minimum enrollment to run.

Community moves – Basic WITH Megan Yankee – Enrollment class 

Price:  $96 for term 

By popular demand, we are bringing this special enrollment class to the space as an extension of our wildly popular Community Moves – Open class!  This class is suitable for adult beginners with little to no dance experience.
 
Community Moves: Basic is an intersectional, intergenerational modern dance class designed to unite people of all experiences levels through movement (including beginners!). Students can expect exercises to be taught at a gradual, gentle pace that focuses on developmental movement patterning, balance, breathing, and simple choreography. Megan offers exercises in such a way that empowers students to individually modify movements for more or less challenge. Students are encouraged to interact, help each other create mini-dances, and celebrate their unique and shared movement experiences throughout class. In addition to focusing on precision, the class is intended to embolden new movers and provide a gentle weekly practice for more experienced movers at the same time.

 

REGISTER ONLINE for full term enrollment

 


parkinson’s movement initiative

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 grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

We are making space to offer a limited schedule of classes throughout the summer, and we will be back for a full schedule in Fall 2019 starting September 9.

SUMMER CLASSES listed below:

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Saturdays 10-11:15am, July 20-August 24
July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, and 24

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 and Lindsay Voorhees

Sundays, 3-4:15pm, June 9-July 14
June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14

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.



register online for Parkinson’s movement Initiative


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