Youth Classes/Clases de Jovenes

Fall Term *ONLINE* youth classes
October 12 – December 13, 2020

*Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and with concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we will be holding Fall Term 2020 entirely online.


Youth Technique Drop-in Series (ages 13-17)
saturdays, 11:00am-12:15pm EST online

Reconnect with your ADF community or become part of it here! Each class is led by one of ADF’s Pre-Professional Dance Intensive faculty and explores a range of techniques and styles that will build your strength, stamina, and creativity. Come ready to sweat, move, create, and feel your fullest!

October 17: Ballet TECHNIQUE with matt pardo

This ballet class focuses on the contemporary application of the classical aesthetic on the modern-dance body. The class places a specific focus on the functional use of plié and teaches students how to move transitionally through a position-based genre. Additionally, students in the class will be encouraged and guided to develop a practice of performance inside of the ballet-idiom which they will be able to translate to other areas of their dance training.

october 24: Contemporary Afro Horton with crystal Michelle perkins

Contemporary Afro Horton combines traditional modern dance aesthetics, dynamic improvisations, and rhythms influenced by African diaspora forms. In this experience we challenge what we believe is valuable within contemporary dance vocabularies, giving voice to our cultural selves through the physical integration and melding of forms. As a community, the class journeys through a series of spinal articulations, rhythmic studies, and the joyful discoveries of width and weight. This is expansion. We find our embodied joy through a rigorous movement experience that requires a connection to the earth, rhythmic awareness, a sinuous spine, and a broad vision of what is possible in the body.

october 31: jazz technique with matt pardo

This contemporary jazz dance class focuses on the integration of classical jazz dance (Luigi) with contemporary movement forms. The class considers jazz dance’s roots in West African forms, but does so through the lens of contemporary movement.

november 7: hip-hop with jose velasquez

The class will consist of learning foundation and techniques associated with Hip-hop and street dances. Towards the end, you will learn a bit of choreography to tie it all in!

november 14: afro-fusion: bare-feet to sneaker with momar ndiaye

This technique class is designed to trace the patterns and intersections between traditional African dances and Urban African Dance (Afro-house). We will draw from the rigorous physical practice of some traditional West African dances to strengthen coordination skills, improve flexibility, embody polyrhythms, increase stamina, and gain awareness in order to acquire foundational skills to access an African Urban dance circle. As the result of globalization flavors from different regions of the African continent and the rest of the world are blending together to give birth to new forms of expression which, in the context of Africa, are deeply connected to traditional aesthetic foundations. This class is meant to break assumptions that disconnect “traditional” from “modern/contemporary” notions of African dance. By the end of this class students will be able to identify the multiple layers that compose the new forms of dance, such as Afro-house.

november 21: mz. g’s afro-modern with michelle gibson

Afro-Modern technique class creates a platform for students to understand dance across cultures that can bring them face to face with the hidden ideologies within other dance techniques. Allowing students to ask why and for what purpose do we dance. Mz. G’s Afro-Modern class will focus on a fusion of contemporary modern practices rooted in diasporic elements. Acknowledging diasporic aesthetics and movement fundamentals contributed to American modern dance styles and techniques. The class will consist of challenging warm-ups, concentration of breathing techniques, center floor exercises, movement phrases, and connection of mind/body/spirit as a movement practice. Afro-Modern class will utilize philosophies of modern dance pioneer Katherine Dunham. Philosophies of this technique will support students’ understanding of movement as function and form, both aesthetic and lifestyle, and exploring cultural dance symbolism within modern forms. Isolation/undulations, core strengthening, dynamics, musicality, and mindful meditative practices will be addressed. 

Let’s commune! Let’s dance!

december 5: modern with kate walker

In this class, students will explore a hybrid of modern and contemporary techniques taught through anatomically focused concepts of alignment, core support, kinesthetic awareness, and more. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate contemporary and modern dance vocabulary into movement that allows for full-bodied exploration and expression.

december 12: mz. g’s afro-modern with michelle gibson

Afro-Modern technique class creates a platform for students to understand dance across cultures that can bring them face to face with the hidden ideologies within other dance techniques. Allowing students to ask why and for what purpose do we dance. Mz. G’s Afro-Modern class will focus on a fusion of contemporary modern practices rooted in diasporic elements. Acknowledging diasporic aesthetics and movement fundamentals contributed to American modern dance styles and techniques. The class will consist of challenging warm-ups, concentration of breathing techniques, center floor exercises, movement phrases, and connection of mind/body/spirit as a movement practice. Afro-Modern class will utilize philosophies of modern dance pioneer Katherine Dunham. Philosophies of this technique will support students’ understanding of movement as function and form, both aesthetic and lifestyle, and exploring cultural dance symbolism within modern forms. Isolation/undulations, core strengthening, dynamics, musicality, and mindful meditative practices will be addressed. 

Let’s commune! Let’s dance!

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Audition!

With the challenge of traveling to auditions for summer programs, we are offering the opportunity for any drop-in class to serve as an audition for students interested in attending our 2021 Pre-Professional Dance Intensive. Just let us know you want to treat the class as your audition by emailing the ADF School staff prior to the class at school@americandancefestival.org, or letting us know at the top of the class you attend. Students auditioning will be notified via email within two weeks of their pre-acceptance into the program for 2021.

Additional steps will be required to complete acceptance once our summer program application is available online. Program dates and details coming soon!


how to enroll online for drop-in classes

Overview

  • Select the classes that best fit your student’s experience and/or interests or contact us for assistance with class selection!
  • Experience level may vary for participants. Classes are geared towards the intermediate/advanced mover.
  • 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!

Tuition Fees

  • Classes: $10 per drop-in class

Register Online

REGISTER ONLINE

  • After you register your student for their 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 students create their 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).

Class Policies & Requirements
review POLICIEs/requirements here

Have questions? Email us at studios@americandancefestival.org


semester enrollment ONLINE CLASSES

dancing with your little one (ages 6mo-3y)

Fridays, 11:00am–11:30am with Laura Grant on ZOOM

Dancing with your young child supports bonding, regulation, motor development, and body awareness – not to mention it’s fun! Dip, swirl, bounce, jump, twist, twirl, and soar into exploring ways of moving that you can do anytime, anywhere. This creative movement class for littles and their caregivers includes skill-building movements, songs, stories, and games which add to the fun and learning. A time for adults and kids to explore joyful movement together! All caregivers are welcome. 

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how to enroll online for semester classes

Overview

  • Select the classes that best fit your student’s experience and age group or contact us for assistance with class placement!
  • If you register for a semester class, you must commit to the entire Fall term duration. Please come to all online class sessions to form a learning community and reap the rewards of full participation!
  • Some classes have limited capacity.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

  • Classes: $80 per semester class
  • Scholarships are available! More information is available HERE.

Register Online
REGISTER ONLINE/REGISTRARSE

  • After you register your student for their 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 students create their 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).

Class Policies & Requirements
review POLICIEs/requirements here

Have questions? Email us at studios@americandancefestival.org  


2020 online workshops & masterclasses

Oct 24: RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT MASTER CLASS WITH RODNEY HILL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020
3:00-3:50pm EST ONLINE  
**Please note this class is 50 minutes long and will end at 3:50pm**
Ages 13+

Price: $10

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. Also, the movement is technically tied to complex and often challenging, invigorating, and uplifting driving rhythms.

Space provided by Philadanco.

REGISTER ONLINE
*Advance registration recommended. Zoom link will not be included in MindBody confirmation email, but will come in a separate email from ADF. If you register the day of the event, you may receive your Zoom link a few minutes before class.*

RODNEY S. HILL (Company Manager & Dancer) Born and raised in North Philadelphia. Rodney entered the Hip-hop scene in1988. For more than a decade,Rodney has blazed the stages in venues nationally and abroad. He has been featured in many videos for such artists as Boys II Men, Will Smith, Music Soul Child, just to name a few. Moving on to perform on TV shows such as LA R&B Divas, NBC’s Late Night Show Conan O’Brien, Soul Train, NBC’S NFL Under The Helmet, BET’s Teen Summit. In addition he has toured and performed with artist R&B singer Brave Williams, R&B Singer Julian King, such as “EVE”, Teddy Pendergrass, Shanice Wilson, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Philly’s own, The Roots. An accomplished teacher and choreographer Rodney Hill has had the opportunity to perform and teach in universities, dance studios locally, nationally and internationally, in such countries as France, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Asia, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. Mr. Hill is constantly expanding his horizons, working with new artists and exploring new opportunities. Hill has a MFA in Choreography from Wilson College in Chamberburg, PA. Rodney is also the Company Manager/ Director of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Rennie Harris R.H.A.W. Rodney seeks inspiration from his community and family while continuing to educate and inspire others, through his hard work, dedication, and commitment to hip-hop and its culture.


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