This Week's Events

Creative Movement I (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 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.  Register

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
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
November 22, 2014, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
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 II (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Instructor: Kat Folckomer
This class will also focus on the development of basic coordination, strength, flexibility, and musicality, but will incorporate more dance technique. We will begin to explore the idea of choreography and the memorization of movement. Children will also become familiar with the structure and etiquette of a dance class, starting with center exercises and stretching, then going across the floor, and finishing with a fun dance. Most importantly, your child will learn how to move in new, exciting ways in a loving, supportive, and fun environment! ** Pre-registration is closed, but there is still space in this class. Please call 919-684-6402 or email studios@americandancefestival.org with any late registrations inquiries. ** Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
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
November 22, 2014, 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!  Register

Jazz Dance (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Kat Folckomer
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

Hip Hop II (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
November 22, 2014, 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! Register

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
November 22, 2014, 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

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
November 24, 2014, 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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

Ballet II (Ages 8-12)

Youth Classes
November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
In this class, students will learn the basic fundamentals of ballet and anatomical terminology, musicality, and proper technique with the importance of the "how" and "why." Students will also learn how to safely train their bodies and build correct muscle memory for a strong foundation, as well as why their bodies work the way they do. Building confidence, strong body awareness, and inspiring creativity are the focal points of this class! Ballet shoes required.  Register

Mind-Body Exploration

Drop-In Classes
November 24, 2014, 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 less experienced 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/tendancies and how to grow beyond them. Register

Argentine Tango

Drop-In Classes
November 24, 2014, 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

Beginning Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
November 24, 2014, 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

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
November 25, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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! 2014 Fall Schedule:Session 1: September 9 – October 21 ($120)Session 2: October 28 – December 16* ($120)$20 for family drop-ins *no class Nov. 25 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule:Tuesdays, January 13 - February 17 ($100)Saturdays, January 17 - February 21 ($100)$20 for family drop-insOther sessions TBA.    Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
November 25, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
November 25, 2014, 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

Ballet I (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
November 25, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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

Pilates

Drop-In Classes
November 25, 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

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
November 26, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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 I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
November 26, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
November 26, 2014, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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
November 26, 2014, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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
November 26, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Gerri Houlihan
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

Dance Adventures (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
November 27, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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 I (age 2)

Youth Classes
November 27, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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
November 27, 2014, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Class Cancelled
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

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
November 27, 2014, 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

Turkey Burn

Short Term Workshops
November 28, 2014, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Parker
After your Thanksgiving indulgences, come burn off that excess turkey with a fun and fast-paced blend of Pilates, yoga, and dance exercises! This refreshing mind-body workout will strengthen your core, help to correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and restore flexibility. Yoga mat or towel suggested. All levels are welcome! Price: $5 Register