Each summer North Carolians have come to expect the excitement that resounds as some 400 students descend upon Durham for the ADF’s summer season. And now in it’s 16th year, the ADF’s January Intensive brings that same excitement to New York City, as students from all over the world come to study and share the art form, and experience all that the NYC dance scene has to offer.
Sixty students came from near, and as far as Jordan and South Korea, to immerse themselves in 11 days of classes, performances, panel discussions, and more. A wide array of dance techniques were taught by distinguished faculty including Monica Bill Barnes, Maria Bauman, Rodger Belman, Elisa Clark, Shani Collins, Elizabeth Corbett, Mark Haim, Gerri Houlihan, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yangkeun Kim, Nicholas Leichter, Jennifer Nugent, Pamela Pietro, Christian Von Howard, Gwen Welliver, and Jesse Zarritt. Additionally, students had the opportunity to see performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Philippe Saire, and had an informal talk with Martha Myers, Dean Emeritus of the ADF, and Robert Battle, the new Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater about living and working as a dancer in NYC.
“I decided to come to the ADF intensive in order to get introduced to all the different styles and techniques that modern dance offers. I gained a very diverse knowledge of all the different techniques that current professional dancers use. The experience of dancing in NYC was another attraction, specifically because we had the chance to work with teachers and dancers that are professional in their own fields in dance.” – Sareen Hairabedian
ADF Director of School Administration and Student Affairs, Nicolle Wasserman, was on-hand to document the January Intensive and shot some awesome video. Make sure to check out the highlight video above, and for more information on the 2011 ADF School please visit our website at www.americandancefestival.org.