This Week's Events

Advanced Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
September 8, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Instructor: ADF Faculty
This advanced modern class will feature four instructors during the 2015 Fall Term:  Suzanne Beahrs: September 8, 15, 22, 29 Focuses on strength and agility through grounded movement and fluid locomotion. Anna Barker: October 6, 13, 20, 27Based in release technique and punctuated with idiosyncratic and gestural movement. Justin Tornow: November 3, 10, 17 Primarily informed by, and based on, the principles and methods of Cunningham Technique. Nicole Dagesse: December 1, 8, 15Incorporates somatic practices and improvisational scores into a intentional sequence that warms the body safely while experimenting with weight, spirals, and flight. Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 8, 2015, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
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.  Register

Creative Movement (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
September 8, 2015, 11:00 am - 11:45 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

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 8, 2015, 4:15 pm - 5:00 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.  Register

Ballet (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
September 8, 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

Introduction to Modern Dance for Adults

Drop-In Classes
September 8, 2015, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Thea Jaworski
For movers and non-movers alike, this introductory class will begin the exploration of movement through breath, anatomical awareness, and visual imagery. Incorporating the basic physics of momentum, inertia, and gravity, Thea will encourage students to find freedom and expansion in their bodies while helping to build safe and successful muscle memory, and provoke creative self expression along the way! Register

Modern Technique (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
September 9, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:00 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

Developmental Movement (age 2)

Youth Classes
September 9, 2015, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
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 (age 3)

Youth Classes
September 9, 2015, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
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 (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
September 9, 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
September 9, 2015, 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

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 10, 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

Developmental Movement (age 2)

Youth Classes
September 10, 2015, 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
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 (age 3)

Youth Classes
September 10, 2015, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
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 Fairytales (ages 5–7)

Youth Classes
September 10, 2015, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
With wiggles, squiggles, glides, and hops, young dancers ages 5-7 enter the enchanted world of fairy tales and fables. Each class begins with a rhythmic, full-bodied warm up that reinforces body/brain connections. Dancers will hear a fairytale or fable, and then creatively dance the story by embodying creative elements and inventing their own movements. They learn to listen with their bodies by following dance movements initiated by the instructor as well as their classmates. As the term progresses, dancers will develop and lead their own enchanted stories. Register

Contemporary Ballet (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
September 10, 2015, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
This class puts a fun and imaginative twist on ballet and modern technique. We will also use yoga and Pilates to strengthen and learn how our bodies are aligned and balanced. Students will also create dances through prompts and guidance, learn about spatial and social awareness, and use skills they have developed in class. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
September 10, 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
September 12, 2015, 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
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

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
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 (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
September 12, 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!  Register

Dancing with Your Little One (Birth-3yrs)

Youth Classes
September 12, 2015, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
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 6 children registered in order for the fall session to move forward. Please register in advance, and tell a friend! 2015 Fall ScheduleSaturdays, September 12–November 21$165 for whole term$20 for family drop-ins (available if the class reaches minimum enrollment)  Register

Hip Hop (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
September 12, 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! Register

Dance Adventures (ages 5-7)

Youth Classes
September 12, 2015, 12:00 pm - 12:45 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. Register

Ballet for Modern Dancers

Drop-In Classes
September 12, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Gerri Houlihan
This is a ballet technique class with an emphasis on its application for contemporary dancers. Fundamental concepts of alignment, clarity, economy of movement, core strength, and range of motion will be integrated with developing a personal sense of expression and musicality within the classical vocabulary. Register

Contact Improv Jam

Short Term Workshops
September 12, 2015, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Aaron Hawkins
"Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and inquiring minds." ~ Ray ChungThis open jam will provide space for both experienced contact dancers and inquisitive newcomers to play and move together as we explore connection and expression through movement. Newcomers are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early for the opening circle and basic orientation about the dance and jam structure; old-timers can follow their own rhythm and arrive just in time. Improv jams are scheduled for the second Saturday of every month, so mark your calendar!Payment for improv jams is on a sliding scale of $5–$10 (you choose what you're able to pay).  Register