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 


NCDF: Countertechnique® with Kira Blazek-Ziaii

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Price: $5
In collaboration with NCDF, join us for a Countertechnique® workshop with Kira Blazek-Ziaii!  By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique® allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique® class.
In Countertechnique® classes, dancers are introduced step-by-step to the various tools – making sure, however, that the priority always lies with experiencing and enjoying the difference in moving, rather than first having to understand the tools intellectually. Classes are therefore very accessible, and can be taught to participants of all levels. Even so, gaining a full understanding of the different tools and being able to apply them in complex movement, instantaneously and often simultaneously, involves a learning process of several years, even for professional dancers. Throughout this process dancers increasingly become their own teachers, allowing them to practice and progress even at times when a teacher is not available.

Somatic Encounters with Glenna Batson

December 4, 4:15-6:15pm
Price: $25

The act of moving and that of capturing movement is a dynamic encounter between the body and the camera. In the process, both mover and captor enter into an embodied immersion of somatic and artistic elements. The captor is motivated by the mover, thus using the camera as choreographer. Sighted and sensed, the mover’s somatic sensibilities also are affected by the relationship.  

In this workshop, each participant will play dual roles – as mover and as captor. We will first ‘warm-up’ through a guided somatic exploration in Human Origami – an improvisational movement form developed by Batson. Then, in duos, each partner will play the role of mover and captor using a mobile phone. Movers will be given instructions on how to re-enter and recapture selected elements from the warmup. The captor will record up to two minutes of the improvisation, choosing points of departure and closure in the moment, but without editing. After switching roles, the partners will share their experiences from the vantage point of both sides of the lens, and the group as a whole will reflect on the interweaving of the phenomenological and the digital.

The workshop is open to all interested participants. Please dress comfortably for movement and bring your own cell phone fully charged and with enough storage space for a short video clip.

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Dancing with Parkinson’s

September 26-November 21, 2019
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.