ADF Project Dance

Developed in 1998 in collaboration with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department, ADF Project Dance is an outreach program designed to expose the Triangle community to dance. Over the years, ADF Project Dance has worked with community partners such as public school systems, senior centers, children’s museums, Duke Hospital, community centers, as well as the Durham Parks and Recreation Department. ADF Project Dance provides master classes with professional teaching artists and guest performers as well as opportunities to attend live dress rehearsals and performances.

Valuing the importance of community and education, ADF continues to dedicate time and resources to providing youth the opportunity to explore their full potential through dance. So far in 2015, ADF’s outreach initiatives have encouraged over 3,300 youth to take advantage of the many lifelong benefits a dance education has to offer.



Each spring, ADF partners with Central Park School for Children (CPSC) to offer creative movement as an alternative to more traditional physical education classes. Gaspard Louis, Director of ADF Project Dance, leads these classes. In September 2014, students from CPSC performed Dance x 19 as a part of the Gaspard&Dancers annual concert at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater.

Pictures from CPSC students working with Gaspard&Dancers (Satsuki Scoville Photography):



i can jump like a ladybug

A student illustrates her favorite part of the workshop: “I can jump like a ladybug.”

In 2013 and 2014, ADF Project Dance provided free creative movement workshops to grades Pre K – 2 in Title I Schools in Wake County and Orange County. These workshops enhance the classroom learning experience by introducing children to one of America’s indigenous art forms, modern dance, and fostering creativity, team-building skills, and self-confidence. Working collaboratively with Jody Cassell (teaching artist and dancing storyteller) and based upon the needs of the classroom, each school had the option of choosing between three different classes in Ms. Cassell’s Dancing, Making Stories Come Alive! series: Dancing StoriesDance Healthy Bodies, and Language of Dance. Each workshop featured original live music created for each individual workshop by Jude Casseday.

Jody Cassell received her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and is the author of the children’s book, Where’s Leon? Jude Casseday received her MA in Speech Communication/Performance Studies from Eastern Michigan University and has been teaching and performing for over 30 years.


pilobolus @ play

Teaching Artists and Participants at the Durham County Main Library

 In June 2015, ADF presented Pilobolus @ Play, an exciting new creative movement program with workshops for middle school students, senior citizens, and trained dancers. Two world-renown Pilobolus teaching artists taught 14 workshops to over 270 participants across Durham. Participants and their families were also invited to see a live Pilobolus performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center and meet with the cast after the show. Pilobolus @ Play is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives.






ADF Project Dance is made possible through the generous contributions of Central Park School for Children, Duke Energy Foundation, Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the SHS Foundation, and individual donors.