adf 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 

ADF’s Studios
June 16, 23, 30
Price:  $15 to drop in, $30 for full series
Megan teaches a fluidly-staccato-swinging-floorwork-handstand-post-modern-pelvis-rolling-eyes-widening-absurdist-release technique class. Thirty minutes of dynamic floor noodling, some chewy across-the-floor inversion practice, and longer phrasework is to be expected. Incorporating elements of classic modern dance technique (Limon, Horton, a dash of Cunningham, and perhaps even a sprinkle of some ballet) with improvisation, yoga, and release, Megan is interested in movement that is both raw and specific, with an emphasis on pathways of motion.

Class level: Intermediate/Advanced

Delicious Movement: Distance is Malleable with Eiko Otake

Rubenstein Arts Center Room 224
Sunday, June 30

Price: $10

*Local dancers are invited to join SDI students for this workshop at the Rubenstein Arts Center! Advance registration recommended as spaces are limited.*

Delicious Movement Workshops are designed for all people who love to move or who want to love to move with delicious feelings. The workshops are emphatically noncompetitive and appropriate to all levels of training and ability. The exercises employ images, body articulation, floor work, and largely slow movement. The participants, through their personal digestion of the material and of the improvisation and nonchalant partnership which supports it, are encouraged to acquire personal taste and flexible discipline to suit their own moving body. 

Photo by Maggie Loesch

Advance registration or on-site credit card payment only. No cash/check/studio class cards.


You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this class.

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MASTER Class with Rennie Harris Puremovement

ADF’s Studios
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Price: FREE

Rennie Harris and his company members are well versed in the vernacular of Hip Hop, popping, locking, stepping, breaking, house and other styles that have emerged from the African American and Latino communities of inner city America. These masterclasses include exercises to develop muscle strength, flexibility and stamina. The basic movement and techniques are defined, practiced and developed into combinations. Hip Hop styles are explored as sources for inspiration and vocabulary for choreography. In addition, the movement is technically tied to complex and often challenging, invigorating and uplifting driving rhythms.


ADF’s Studios
Sunday, June 30
Price:  $50
This workshop invites you to experience Pilobolus’ collaborative creative process and shadow-making techniques. The class is playful, group-driven, physically challenging, and fun. Pilobolus fans and curious minds from all walks of life will learn to access untapped areas of creativity and improve effectiveness in a group. Go “behind the screen” and work with others to create incredible composite shapes and shadow magic. 

This class is perfect for all adults with any level of movement background!

parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops

These *free* workshops will use mindful movement, dance, and somatics 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. At the conclusion of this first workshop series, participants will be offered the opportunity to continue working with professional choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan, as well as with Duke Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist Jeff Hoder, towards the integrated development of a new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season, and the foundations for future exchanges and research on Parkinson’s Disease. 

The last 30 minutes of class will be for open discussion and sharing, light snacks available or you are welcome to bring your own!

Classes are open for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and dancers from the Triangle community that wish to have a different relationship to their movement practice and to the body.  

Price:  FREE!

Dates:  Thursdays 11am-1pm, March 14-April 25 *no class March 28* 

About the artists:
Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.

They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at



Please also check out the rest of our regular class listings HERE.




American Dance Festival is excited to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes and volunteer trainings 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.