This Week's Events

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Creative Movement (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard
Creative Movement provides a basis for a child’s future study of dance. It is important that the class be physically and mentally stimulating, while also being a ton of fun! This class will focus on developing basic coordination skills such as balancing, rolling, skipping, and jumping, as well as some basic dance technique. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate movement to music. We will stretch and strengthen our bodies through games, dances, and the use of fun props. No class July 4!  Register

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Jody Cassell
Dancing with your child can be fun, bonding and educational. Dip, swirl, bounce, jump, twist, twirl and soar into exploring ways of moving that you can also do at home. This creative movement class includes skill building movements, music and rhythms which add to the fun and learning. All caregivers are welcome. * We need a minimum of 4 children registered in order for each session to move forward. Please register in advance, and tell a friend! 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule:Saturdays, February 28 - April 4Saturdays, April 11 - May 16$100 for six weeks (save $20)$20 for family drop-ins2015 Summer Schedule:Saturdays, June 6 - July 25 (No class July 4)$105 for seven weeks$20 for family drop-ins  Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In Intro to Dance we will use multi-sensory props and a wide selection of music to explore various dance concepts such as space, rhythm and balance. Students will also be introduced to patterns and combinations that incorporate dance technique and specific dance elements such as leaps, jumps and turns. In addition to directed instruction, students will use self expression and improvisation to further develop their skills. Most importantly, we will be learning and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.  Register

Hip Hop I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class! No class July 4!  Register

Dance Adventures (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
In one place or around the space, with big or little movements that travel high or low, quickly, slowly, forward, backward, or sideways, we will fill the room with our own creative dance stories. We learn concepts of dance, the foundation of technique, and learn to use dance symbols when creating solo and group dancing adventures. No class July 4! Register

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
April 18, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics and music. In this workshop participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movement, percussive music and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm. Students with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome! Register

Hip Hop II (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
April 18, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class! No class July 4! Register

Embracing Health through Movement

Short Term Workshops
April 19, 2015, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Instructor: Jody Cassell and Jude Casseday
Strengthen your sense of humor, your muscles, and your mind with dancer Jody Cassell and sound artist Jude Casseday. Have you noticed that as you age, your body just does things differently than when you were younger? Well, let’s celebrate the difference and keep our health going. Since our breath affects our respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems, and also has a general effect on sleep, memory, energy level, and concentration, we will learn strategies for better breathing. We will engage in gentle movements that enhance proper alignment, stability, and coordination. We will use breath, movement, and vocalizations to align mind and body in expansive awareness. With our thoughts slowed down and our bodies centered, we move into basic dance concepts such as place, speed, pathway, and weight to co-design simple movement phrases. The movement experience is supported by the sound artistry of Jude Casseday.Non-judgmental atmosphere. No prior dance experience required. Bare feet are suggested for this workshop. If you would like to wear socks, please make sure they have a grippy surface on the bottom. This workshop was created with ages 55+ in mind, but any adults are welcome!A yoga mat or towel is suggested for added comfort during certain parts of this workshop.Price: $35 for all 4 weeks.You can drop-in for $10/class if you're not able to attend all 4 weeks.This workshop is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.  Register

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
April 20, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics and music. In this workshop participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movement, percussive music and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm. Students with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome! Register

Anatomy for Dancers

Drop-In Classes
April 20, 2015, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Thea Jaworski
From the seasoned professional dancer looking to be more specific and refine their technique, to the beginning mover looking to strengthen muscles and broaden their anatomical knowledge, this class focuses on body awareness from the inside-out. Using a mash up of pilates, gyrokenisis, yoga, ballet, breathing techniques, anatomy, and visual imagery, Thea trains dancers and movers alike to focus on the “how and why” their bodies work the way they do, injury prevention, and clarity of intention. Taking the focus off of the mirror and what dance should look like, and taking it internally as to what it could feel like, helps support physical awareness, inspire the creative process, and give students to the tools to learn their own bodies/habits/tendencies and how to grow beyond them. Register

Beginning Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Bill Commander
This class, designed for those with some or no dance experience, takes movement back to basics. With a base in release technique and elements of classic modern peppered in, this class will introduce you to what may prove to be new movement concepts and ideas. We'll explore the ideas of space, dynamics, circularity, groundedness. We will also explore the use of natural forces outside of our body such as gravity and centrifugal force. The most important element of this class is the creation, exploration, and enjoyment of dance.This class is very beginner-friendly, but more experienced dancers will enjoy refining the basics! Register

Argentine Tango

Drop-In Classes
April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Murielle ElizeĢon
Session 1: Diving into Basics September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6.Discover or re-discover the basics through walking technique, connection with your partner, pivoting, and musicality. We will learn simple tango patterns (cross, ochos front/back, rebote and change of directions) while understanding the core Argentine Tango principles to foster a fun and playful dance!Session 2: Diving into Complexity November 17, December 1, 8, 15.Building on the previous serie and refining the basics, we will learn basics turns and ways to enter and exit them with creativity.* There will be NO tango from October 17 - November 10 *Both sessions are very beginner-friendly, but will also benefit all experience levels! No partner required.   Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 21, 2015, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Heather Pike
This class offers a fun and stimulating introduction to ballet. Students will explore ballet technique and learn dance vocabulary in an imaginative and supportive learning environment. Focus, body awareness, self expression and musicality round out this age appropriate dance experience. Ballet shoes required.* Pre-Ballet for the 2015 Winter/Spring Term is now full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email studios@americandancefestival.org *Other classes for ages 4 & 5:- Introduction to Dance (Thursdays, Saturdays)- Dance Adventures (Saturdays)- Creative Movement (Saturdays) Register

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
April 21, 2015, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Ballet I (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
April 21, 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Heather Pike
Strength, flexibility, and focus are not the only benefits of this introductory ballet class. Students will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment. Ballet shoes required. Register

Jazz Dance (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
April 21, 2015, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard
This class will introduce students to a variety of jazz techniques, giving them the basic movement vocabulary needed to conquer more advanced jazz classes to come. Upbeat stretching and warmups will be followed by across the floor turns and leaps. We will also work on building a new jazz combination every 3-4 weeks, and of course review the previously learned material each week. Register

Stretch & Strengthen

Drop-In Classes (Pilates)
April 21, 2015, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Parker
This Pilates class is a unique blend of Pilates, yoga, and dance exercises designed as a gentle mind-body workout that emphasizes proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movements to become acutely in tune with your body. The quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. You will learn how to gain long, lean muscles and flexibility, and how to move efficiently. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. This class is a safe, gentle, yet challenging way to an evenly conditioned body. Yoga mat or towel recommended. Register

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
April 22, 2015, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Modern Technique II (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
April 22, 2015, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
This modern technique class is open to students with some prior dance training. Focus will be on anatomical intelligence and spatial awareness. This class begins with a warm-up of exercises to develop a strong core and flexibility that will enable students to maintain a stronger and healthier body. Some concepts of partnering will be introduced to students. Ultimately, this class is about the joy of moving and being creative. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
April 22, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Renay Aumiller
This intermediate/advanced level modern class will highlight a variety of instructors throughout the summer. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to experience various modern techniques at an intermediate/advanced level. Gerri Houlihan will teach Wednesdays in September, November, and December. Renay Aumiller will teach Wednesdays in October. Register

Morning Core

Drop-In Classes (Pilates)
April 23, 2015, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Carol Parker
This class is a unique blend of Pilates, yoga, and dance exercises designed as a refreshing mind-body workout that emphasizes proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movements to become acutely in tune with your body. The quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Special attention will be paid to strengthening your core and moving efficiently. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low-impact and partially weight-bearing. This class is a safe, gentle, yet challenging way to an evenly conditioned body and a stronger core. Yoga mat or towel recommended. Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 23, 2015, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
In Intro to Dance we will use multi-sensory props and a wide selection of music to explore various dance concepts such as space, rhythm and balance. Students will also be introduced to patterns and combinations that incorporate dance technique and specific dance elements such as leaps, jumps and turns. In addition to directed instruction, students will use self expression and improvisation to further develop their skills. Most importantly, we will be learning and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.  Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
April 23, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Leah Wilks
This class begins with a floor warmup focusing on alignment and releasing excess tension in the muscles. From there we make our way to standing utilizing exercises that help us define the most anatomically-efficient pathways in our bodies - spiraling, falling, flying, finding our center of gravity, tipping upside-down. This practice will then lead us into larger combinations in which we explore how to use less muscular energy and expand the range of our movement at the same time. Register

Creative Movement (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard
Creative Movement provides a basis for a child’s future study of dance. It is important that the class be physically and mentally stimulating, while also being a ton of fun! This class will focus on developing basic coordination skills such as balancing, rolling, skipping, and jumping, as well as some basic dance technique. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate movement to music. We will stretch and strengthen our bodies through games, dances, and the use of fun props. No class July 4!  Register

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Jody Cassell
Dancing with your child can be fun, bonding and educational. Dip, swirl, bounce, jump, twist, twirl and soar into exploring ways of moving that you can also do at home. This creative movement class includes skill building movements, music and rhythms which add to the fun and learning. All caregivers are welcome. * We need a minimum of 4 children registered in order for each session to move forward. Please register in advance, and tell a friend! 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule:Saturdays, February 28 - April 4Saturdays, April 11 - May 16$100 for six weeks (save $20)$20 for family drop-ins2015 Summer Schedule:Saturdays, June 6 - July 25 (No class July 4)$105 for seven weeks$20 for family drop-ins  Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Ellen Brown
In Intro to Dance we will use multi-sensory props and a wide selection of music to explore various dance concepts such as space, rhythm and balance. Students will also be introduced to patterns and combinations that incorporate dance technique and specific dance elements such as leaps, jumps and turns. In addition to directed instruction, students will use self expression and improvisation to further develop their skills. Most importantly, we will be learning and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.  Register

Hip Hop I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class! No class July 4!  Register

Dance Adventures (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
In one place or around the space, with big or little movements that travel high or low, quickly, slowly, forward, backward, or sideways, we will fill the room with our own creative dance stories. We learn concepts of dance, the foundation of technique, and learn to use dance symbols when creating solo and group dancing adventures. No class July 4! Register

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
April 25, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics and music. In this workshop participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movement, percussive music and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm. Students with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome! Register

Hip Hop II (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
April 25, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class! No class July 4! Register