Workshops & Community Classes

Somatic Dimensions:
Embodiment Laboratory

with Ray Eliot Schwartz
Saturdays at 3:00–6:00 pm (2 classes)
February 17
April 27
$25 Drop-in

The hallmark of a somatic approach is to cultivate trust in experience so that we may develop and own the tools for personal agency and choice-making. The material we will explore is designed to contribute to expanding the range of conscious sensation while moving, thus leading to an increase in qualitative choice in dancing and everyday life.

The class will include guided forms, cues for embodied inquiry, and invitations to explore moving alone and together. Inspirations gleaned from Body Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method®, along with other Somatic Movement Education methodologies will form the foundation of the approach. While no previous movement training is required, the sessions will be geared towards people who enjoy taking time to attend to corporal impulse and enjoy both precise forms and improvisational movement explorations.

Umfundalai: A Contemporary Movement Practice

with Dr. C. Kemal Nance and Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde
Sunday 5:30–7:30 pm
February 18

Umfundalai is a contemporary movement practice that draws on dance traditions from the African Diaspora for its source material. Developed in 1970 by the late Kariamu Welsh, D. Arts, Umfundalai relies on the premise that African dance can thrive wherever African people reside around the world. As a contemporary movement practice, Umfundalai galvanizes its vocabulary from dance traditions from the continent of Africa as well as its Diaspora and has its own approach to movement that its progenitor described as “holistic” and “body-centric.” Loosely translated, Umfundalai means “essence” in Kiswahili. As a movement practice, it empowers its practitioners to be conduits for the perpetual rhythms of Africa, allowing them to reference the social cultural contexts from which they emerge while giving them agency to move in new and exciting ways. 

Immediately following the class, Nance and Ayorinde will host a question-and-answer session for those people interested in knowing more about the Dance at Illinois degree programs (BA, BFA, and MFA).

This workshop is a chance to audition for a tuition scholarship to ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) for 18+. If interested in auditioning, please email the ADF school at school@americandancefestival.org by 5:00 pm ET Friday, February 16th, to be considered.

Jose Velasquez break dancing in front of a wall with colorful graffiti

ADULT Hip Hop (Open Level)

with Jose Velasquez
Saturdays at 12:00–1:30 pm
March 23, 2024

Come learn how to get down! In this class, we will focus on learning the individual steps from the old school to the new. Get the tools and skills necessary to build your dance confidence all while feeling good and looking good.

ADF Scripps Studios building

Samuel H. Scripps Studios

721 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705


We are located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. There is ample free parking (including two handicap parking spots) in the lot connected to our building.