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Workshops & Community Classes

SUMMER

Workshops, Masterclasses,
& Community Classes

May 20–September 8, 2024

Ronald K. Brown Audition

with Ronald K. Brown, Arcell Cabuag, and Gregory Hamilton
Sunday, June 9
3 pm–6 pm
FREE (must enroll in the Multigenerational Evening Camp if selected)
About the Audition
Open audition to perform with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at ADF on Tuesday, June 18, and/or Wednesday, June 19. If selected, dancers must enroll in the Multigenerational Evening Camp* and be available to attend tech rehearsal (date/time TBD).
 

*There is no requirement to audition or perform to participate in the Multigenerational camps. Multigenerational Day Camp participants who wish to perform do NOT have to audition.

Multi-Generational Camps

with Ronald K. Brown, Arcell Cabuag, and Gregory Hamilton
Monday, June 10–Friday, June 14
Day Camp: 12 pm–4 pm
$200/student
Evening Camp: 6–8:30 pm
$100/student
About the Day Camp

Ronald K. Brown (artistic director) and Arcell Cabuag (associate artistic director) of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, together with assistant Gregory Hamilton, facilitate master classes designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range of experience, from novice to advanced dancers. Classes will emphasize alignment, rhythm, and using the body to express ideas and themes of strength, prayer, and celebration. They will introduce participants to various dance techniques incorporated into the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and also involve a text to movement aspect that allows participants to explore how to tell others’ stories through acting, movement, music, and performance.

Participants will learn repertory excerpts from Ronald K. Brown’s On Earth Together and can choose to perform with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at ADF on Tuesday, June 18, and/or Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm. NO auditions are required for day camp participants. 

Performing isn’t required to participate in the camp. Participants must attend tech rehearsal (day/time TBD) before the show if they choose to perform. 

*Additional $50/household for early drop-off (8–8:30 am) and late pick-up (3:30–4 pm)

Each day, students will need:

  • Comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows for a full range of movement.
  • Bag lunch
  • Water bottle

Scholarships for youth are available. More info:

https://americandancefestival.org/rates/

About the Evening Camp

The audition on Sunday, June 9, 3–6 pm at ADF’s Scripps Studio is required for those who want to perform. Auditioning and/or performing is not required to participate in the camp.

Participants will learn repertory excerpts from Ronald K. Brown’s On Earth Together and can choose to perform with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at ADF on Tuesday, June 18, and/or Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm.

Participants must attend tech rehearsal (day/time TBD) if chosen to perform.

Each day, students will need:

· Comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows for a full range of movement.

· Water bottle

Scholarships for youth are available. More info: https://americandancefestival.org/rates/

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
(INT/ADV)

with Stacy Wolfson
Sunday, June 9
11 am–12:30 pm
Class Bundle – $60 for 4 classes and a complimentary ticket 
OR $18 per drop-in
About the Masterclass

You can expect a juicy, somatic-based warm-up with some Pilates thrown in, some improvisational practices, and potentially some phrase work. Wolfson is interested in creating a collaborative class environment that aligns with the way she creates choreography. Let’s move together!

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm
June 9- Stacy Wolfson
June 23- Iyun Ashani Harrison
June 30- Dom-Sebastian Alexis
July 7- Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen
About Stacy Wolfson

Stacy Wolfson is a dancer, choreographer, Pilates teacher, wife, and mama of 2 amazing humans. Originally from Virginia, she spent a decade in Chicago working collaboratively with The Space Movement Project, a company she co-founded in 2005. Wolfson and her family relocated to Durham, NC, in 2013 where she began working closely with banjo-player Curtis Eller and subsequently formed The Bipeds in late 2015. The Bipeds have devised a unique compositional approach that combines movement, silent film style comedy, and storytelling with music and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song and has performed their work across NC, Chicago, NY, and VA. Wolfson also sings harmony with Eller’s rock & roll band, The American Circus. Aside from creating and performing, you can find her gardening or at Bull City Pilates and Massage, a studio she co-owns with her husband.

Ballet Hispánico Master Class 

with Omar Rivera, assisted by Isabel Robles 
Saturday, June 15
3:30–5:00 pm
$18 drop-in
About the Masterclass

Master classes are dance classes taught by Ballet Hispánico artists that focus on developing young dancers’ skills with learning and retaining repertory. Each class utilizes Ballet Hispánico repertory as a catalyst for experiencing the professional process with choreography.

Ballet Hispánico Latin Social Dance Class

with Antonio Cangiano, assisted by Ana Estrada
Saturday, June 15
8–9 pm
$18 drop-in
About the Masterclass

Get moving with Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s largest Latinx cultural organization. Latin Social Dance classes introduce the basics of several techniques including Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, and other Latinx dance forms. This class is designed for all levels and ages. No matter your past experience, the dancers of Ballet Hispańico will get you moving and experiencing the joy of dance!

  • No dance training required.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can move in.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
(INT/ADV)

with Iyun Ashani Harrison
Sunday, June 23
11 am–12:30 pm
Class Bundle – $60 for 4 classes and a complimentary ticket
OR $18 per drop-in
About the Masterclass

Experience the elegance and athleticism of ballet in a class structured around traditional ballet conventions. Under the guidance of Harrison, students will engage in a comprehensive ballet practice that includes barre exercises, center work, and allegros. Harrison emphasizes anatomically sound execution, fluid movement, coordination, and musicality, ensuring a well-rounded and dynamic learning experience. Celebrate ballet’s grace and strength and enhance your technique in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm
June 9- Stacy Wolfson
June 23- Iyun Ashani Harrison
June 30- Dom-Sebastian Alexis
July 7- Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen
About Iyun Ashani Harrison

Iyun Ashani Harrison is the artistic and executive director of Ballet Ashani. Born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Harrison danced professionally with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, and Ailey II. His television credits include PBS’s Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s 20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’s Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community, and The South Bank Show in England.

Harrison’s choreography has been commissioned by The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Collage Dance Collective, University of Florida, Pomona College, Goucher College, Webster University, Cornish College of the Arts, Jamaica School of Dance, and University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados.

He is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BFA) and Hollins University (MFA), a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation at Marymount University, and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance at Duke University.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
(INT/ADV)

with Dom-Sebastian Alexis
Sunday, June 30
11 am–12:30 pm
Class Bundle – $60 for 4 classes and a complimentary ticket
OR $18 per drop-in
About the Masterclass

All-Styles Street Dance class focusing on foundation and commercial movement. Come warmed up.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm
June 9- Stacy Wolfson
June 23- Iyun Ashani Harrison
June 30- Dom-Sebastian Alexis
July 7- Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen
About Dom-Sebastian Alexis

Dance BFA and Drama Minor (UNCG), former Adjunct Professor of Dance at Salem College, Dom-Sebastian is a Hip-Hop and Contemporary Juxtaposition Practitioner trained in various degrees of Street Dance, social grooves, and contemporary dance techniques. He’s battled amongst B-Boys, worked with commercial clients such as Samsung, NatGeo, and Verizon and is a part of an elite dance community known as the Red Bull Beat Riders.

Dom-Sebastian has taught in multiple teaching settings for universities, local studios, and community workshops locally and globally. Dom-Sebastian was the first Hip-Hop dance instructor to teach at ADF’s Studios and completed training with the National Dance Institute (founded by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise) while being a Teaching Artist with the nonprofit group, North Carolina Arts In Action. Dom-Sebastian is trained in multiple improvisation techniques and believes the best way to teach is to always remain a student of your craft.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
(INT/ADV)

with Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen
Sunday, July 7
11 am–12:30 pm
Class Bundle – $60 for 4 classes and a complimentary ticket
OR $18 per drop-in
About the Masterclass

Led by Stewart/Owen Dance Co-Directors Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart, the class begins with a warm-up designed to build heat and strength and challenge balance. It is followed by traveling exercises that encourage dancers to provoke space and take risks. The class culminates in phrasework from the Stewart/Owen Dance repertory.

Made in NC: Masterclass Series
Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm
June 9- Stacy Wolfson
June 23- Iyun Ashani Harrison
June 30- Dom-Sebastian Alexis
July 7- Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen
About Gavin Stewart & Vanessa Owen

Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen are Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Western North Carolina-based Stewart/Owen Dance, the resident dance company of Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. As a choreographic duo, S/O Dance produces stage productions, films, music videos, and immersive performances. Their choreography has been presented across the U.S. and abroad on fifteen tours with the U.S. State Department and Company E.

Achievements include an Audience Choice Award and commission from the Dance Gallery Festival NYC, a McDowell Regional Artist Project Grant (2019), an N.C. Artist Support Grant (2021, 2024), an N.C. Grassroots Arts Program Grant, NC Choreographic Fellowship at Trillium Arts (2023), and a commission from the American Dance Festival “Made In NC” program (2024 premiere). As resident artists of Wortham, S/O was the first to be commissioned for new work and presented in Wortham’s Mainstage Series. They are dedicated to building a sustainable dance ecosystem in Western North Carolina where artists can set roots and thrive.

ADF Scripps Studios building

Samuel H. Scripps Studios

721 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

919-797-2871
studios@americandancefestival.org

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.