adf Scripps studios Workshops

All upcoming workshops will be posted here!  Watch this space.  🙂

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 


Practicing Disorientation With Leah Wilks

Friday, December 6, 10am-12pm
Price: $15

Join us for a physical, sweaty class where we go upside down, in and out of the ground, throw ourselves off-kilter and into the oblique, find our multiple fluid bodies, and work from sensation (especially from other senses besides sight). There will be some highly structured improvisation, some partner work, some SKILLZ, and perhaps a big old phrase or two.

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Alexander Technique in Motion: A mid-day restorative practice

January 6-February 24 (8 weeks)
Mondays 12:30 – 1:15pm

Price: $15/class or $80 for the full 8 class series

This class is designed for those wanting to put a potent pause in a busy day. The class will draw from the Alexander Technique – an approach to understanding postural support and reducing mind-body stresses in everyday living. You’ll gain an appreciation for ease in simple functional movements. You’ll learn how brain and body work together in unique ways for mindful standing, sitting, walking and even resting. The easercises are designed to shift your thinking from stressful reactions to becoming more present and supported. The ease and effortlessness you learn in class will restore a sense of peaceful and pleasurable embodiment. What you take home, you can practice in daily living, offering you a means of transforming stress on the go. All are welcome to join this lunch-time series at any point.


Ballet Master Class with Matt Pardo

Saturday, January 18, 1:30-3:00pm
Price: $5

This ballet class utilizes classical technique in contemporary ways and asks students to adapt the technique on themselves, not the other way around. Participants can expect a normal ballet class structure, but should also expect to engage in combinations aimed specifically at accessing transitional elements of movement, at identifying and utilizing individual nuances, and at integrating performative value into movement.


Dancing with Parkinson’s

September 26-November 21, 2019
January 30-April 9, 2020 (no class March 26)
Thursdays 11am-1pm
Price: FREE

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.


The They Are All/Dancing with Parkinson’s 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.