This Week's Events

Pilates

Drop-In Classes
July 22, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Instructor: Carol Parker
This Pilates class is a unique blend of Pilates, Yoga and dance exercises designed as a gentle, 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. You will learn how to strengthen your core or center of the body, 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. *Materials needed: Yoga Mat (if you do not own a yoga mat, bring a towel) Register

Modern Dance Foundations

Short Term Workshops
July 22, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:00 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, and 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!Price: $100 for 8 weeksWe need 4 students registered by June 1st, so please sign up in advance! Register

On Their Bodies

Featured
July 22, 2014 to July 23, 2014, 8:00pm-9:30pm
DPAC
This one-of-a-kind event, to be performed only at ADF, brings together four of the most respected and accomplished choreographers working today, each performing solos, made for themselves, performed by themselves.… read more

Gaga Dancers Workshop

Short Term Workshops
July 23, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Tom Weinberger
GAGA: The movement language developed by Ohad Naharin Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others. “We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin This class will be taught by Tom Weinberger of the internationally renowned Batshaeva Dance Company. Register

BodyCartography Workshop

Short Term Workshops
July 24, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Otto Ramstad
We will investigate what the subtle state based tools of embodied anatomy of Body-Mind Centering® can offer to our performing practices. Through the study of somatics we delve into physical research that is free from stylistic imitation. This body knowledge can support any other dance technique, art practice or educational pedagogy. We will mine the materials of our bodies to generate material for our dance making. We will cultivate a vitality of presence, embodied intelligence, creativity and organization to put guts in our dancing and our mind in our bodies. Together we will build scores for performing solo, duet and group dances. Otto Ramstad is co-director of the BodyCartography Project with Olive Bieringa. BodyCartography investigates empathy and the physicality of space in urban, domestic, wild and social landscapes through dance, performance, video, installation work and movement education. Register

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 8:45 am - 9:30 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.2014 Summer Schedule:Saturdays, June 7 - July 26 ($120)$20 for family drop-ins 2014 Fall Schedule:Session 1: September 9 – October 21 ($130)Session 2: October 28 – December 16* ($130)$20 for family drop-ins *no class Nov. 25  Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
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  Register

Dance Adventures (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 9:45 am - 10:30 am
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. Register

Developmental Movement (ages 2-3)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
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. PLEASE NOTE: The Summer session of Developmental Movement is FULL. To be placed on the waitlist, please email studios@americandancefestival.org. You might also be interested in "Dancing with Your Little One" for birth-3 years and their caregivers. Register

Hip Hop (ages 8-13)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Herman Ramos
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! Register

Beginning Modern (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
July 26, 2014, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
This class aims to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation and development of artistic ideas through improvisation and understanding of dance technique, and performance regardless of previous experience. Students will use whole body movements, strength, flexibility, endurance, and proper alignment to understand and develop dance technique. Utilizing time, space, weight, and flow, momentum and breath, students will learn how to move safely and naturally. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to establish a community in dance and safe place to explore new or familiar ideas. Register