This Week's Events

Pilates

Drop-In Classes
April 24, 2014, 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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

Danstory (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
April 24, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
Danstory is about making connections between dance and the real or imaginary world. We will invent movement, learn technique, and explore actions in picture books or imagined stories - eventually creating and communicating our own stories through dance. Register

Youth Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
April 24, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. It is an ideal activity for kids of all ages as it builds coordination, balance, flexibility and strength in a non-competitive and playful environment. Along with the movement, students learn to play percussive music and to sing in Portuguese. This class is suggested for ages 9-13, however younger and older students may join in! This mixed-age class is great for families who want to practice Capoeira together. Register

Cardio Hip Hop & Stretch (Only $5!)

$5 Classes
April 24, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Nikki Free
In this class be prepared to have fun, learning the latest cardio hip hop moves, and burn lots of calories in the process! This class is for everyone, no prior dance training is necessary, just be willing to have fun and sweat. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
April 24, 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

Awakening Mind-Body Connections

Short Term Workshops
April 25, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Murielle Elizéon
This playful workshop will be a synthesis of several codified dance forms as well as improvisation techniques: Floor-work, Gaga technique, practice of yoga and qigong and the materials developed in Murielle's choreographic work. The aim of the workshop is to develop and foster a strong and dynamic physicality, explored through shifting movement qualities and textures, and enhanced by body awareness and a clear and open concentration of the mind, as well as a sense of play. The class will alternate between a set of exercises and specific improvisations related to the senses, alone, in duo or in group. Register

Developmental Movement (ages 2-3)

Youth Classes
April 26, 2014, 8:30 am - 9:00 am
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. PLEASE NOTE: The Wednesday/Saturday classes for the Winter/Spring Term are full. We have opened up a new class time on Tuesdays from 4-4:30pm starting March 11. Register

Jazz Dance (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
April 26, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Dana Lossing
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 so drop-in students are always welcome! Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 26, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
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

Creative Movement II (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
April 26, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
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! Register

Creative Movement I (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 26, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Instructor: Dana Lossing
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

Hip Hop (ages 9-13)

Youth Classes
April 26, 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

Advanced Modern Technique w/Rotating Faculty

Drop-In Classes
April 26, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: ADF Faculty
This modern class will highlight a variety of ADF faculty throughout the term. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to experience various modern techniques at an advanced level.  2014 Winter/Spring Faculty: January 18 – Diego Carrasco SchochJanuary 25 & February 1 – April BerryFebruary 8 – Ariel FreedmanFebruary 15 & 22 – B. J. SullivanMarch 1 – Leah WilksMarch 8 & 15 – Cara HaganMarch 22 & 29 – April BerryApril 5 – Elizabeth CorbettApril 12 – Natalie MarroneApril 19 – STUDIOS CLOSEDApril 26 – Natalie MarroneMay 3 & 10 – Helen SimoneauMay 17 – Diego Carrasco Schoch Register

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
April 26, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 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

Dunham Technique Workshop Series

Short Term Workshops
April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: April Berry
This special 4-week workshop series will offer dance students an opportunity to study the methodology and dynamic movement vocabulary of American dance icon Katherine Dunham. Dunham is credited for developing one of the most important pedagogues for teaching dance that is used throughout the world. The Dunham Technique is a series of codified exercises, movement patterns, isolations, and progressions based on primitive rhythms in dance, that flow in a logical order into movement combinations and choreography. The technique is used as a tool to train both the avocational and the professional dancer to facilitate an understanding of culture. Dunham’s influence crosses generations and genres and can be seen in the work of many contemporary dance choreographers and companies. Katherine Dunham revolutionized American dance by going to the roots of black dance and rituals transforming them into significant artistic choreography that speaks to all. The Dunham Technique Workshops at ADF’s Samuel Scripps Studios will be taught by April Berry, certified Dunham Technique master instructor and former principal dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Live music will accompany all classes and a Q and A with Ms. Berry will be held at the end of each workshop. Price: $70 for all 4 weeks (save $10!)If space is available, drop-ins for $20 are welcome * We need 11 students registered by Sunday, April 20 to move forward with this workshop series. Please sign up in advance!  Register

Argentine Tango

Drop-In Classes
April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Murielle Elizéon
This class will start with a warm-up to bring awareness into breathing, quality and flow of movement, connection to the floor and the center, contact with a partner, and space. We will work on basics such as embrace, change of weight, walking, leading/ following, and musicality. This class will approach the Tango vocabulary with a focus on its principles in order to foster a creative and playful relationship with oneself and the partner. We regularly change roles between follower and leader to experience both roles and refine communication within the dance.This class is very beginner-friendly, but will also benefit all experience levels! No partner required. Interested in private or couples lessons with Murielle? Visit Murielle's website to schedule a session: www.intheembrace.com Register

Modern Technique II (ages 12-16)

Youth Classes
April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:00 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. * This class has been combined with the Beginning Modern drop-in class (Mondays 7-8pm) for the 2014 Winter/Spring Term. If you would like to register online, please go to the "Drop-In Classes" tab. Register

Beginning Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
April 28, 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, 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

Ballet Foundations

Drop-In Classes
April 28, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Andrew Lamar
This ballet class will focus on developing core strength and flexibility through classical ballet techniques. Class will begin with traditional barre exercises, and then we will move into the center and across the floor. Additional emphasis will be placed on expression and joy in movement.This class is very beginner-friendly, but more experienced dancers will enjoy strengthening their foundation and refining the basics! Register

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
April 29, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:45 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 Winter/Spring Schedule:Session 1: Tuesdays, Jan 14 - Feb 18 (6 wks - $100)Session 2: Tuesdays, Feb 25 - April 15 (6 wks - $100) - extended due to weather cancelationsSession 3: Tuesdays, April 22 - May 13 (4 wks - $60)2014 Summer Schedule:Saturdays, June 7 - July 26 (8 wks - $120) $20 for family drop-ins Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 29, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
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 Please Note: Pre-Ballet is now FULL for the Winter/Spring term. To be placed on the waitlist, please email studios@americandancefestival.org. You may also be interested in other classes for ages 4-5: Introduction to Dance, Danstory, and Creative Movement I. Register

Developmental Movement (ages 2-3)

Youth Classes
April 29, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
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 Wednesday/Saturday classes for the Winter/Spring Term are full. We have opened up a new class time on Tuesdays from 4-4:30pm starting March 11. Register

Beginning Ballet (ages 6-12)

Youth Classes
April 29, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
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
April 29, 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 (ages 2-3)

Youth Classes
April 30, 2014, 4:00 pm - 4:30 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. PLEASE NOTE: The Wednesday/Saturday classes for the Winter/Spring Term are full. We have opened up a new class time on Tuesdays from 4-4:30pm starting March 11. Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
April 30, 2014, 4:40 pm - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Elvin
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

Modern Technique I (ages 8-12)

Youth Classes
April 30, 2014, 5:30 pm - 6:30 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

Intermediate/Advanced Modern

Drop-In Classes
April 30, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Renay Aumiller
This modern technique class is release-based within a traditional technical structure. A large emphasis of the class will be working with qualities and nuances of lengthy movement combinations by exploring ways to recycle energy, understanding core and distal initiation points, increasing awareness of internal lines of energy, and the purpose and function of an anatomically sound alignment. We will concentrate on skeletal initiations, floor work, musicality, and utilizing a sense fluidity and radiation through various explorations of somatic principles. Compound rhythmic patterns and performance qualities will be investigated simultaneously with your technical investigations. Register

Pilates

Drop-In Classes
May 1, 2014, 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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

Danstory (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
May 1, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
Danstory is about making connections between dance and the real or imaginary world. We will invent movement, learn technique, and explore actions in picture books or imagined stories - eventually creating and communicating our own stories through dance. Register

Youth Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
May 1, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. It is an ideal activity for kids of all ages as it builds coordination, balance, flexibility and strength in a non-competitive and playful environment. Along with the movement, students learn to play percussive music and to sing in Portuguese. This class is suggested for ages 9-13, however younger and older students may join in! This mixed-age class is great for families who want to practice Capoeira together. Register

Cardio Hip Hop & Stretch (Only $5!)

$5 Classes
May 1, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Nikki Free
In this class be prepared to have fun, learning the latest cardio hip hop moves, and burn lots of calories in the process! This class is for everyone, no prior dance training is necessary, just be willing to have fun and sweat. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
May 1, 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