Adult Classes

 2017 Summer Drop-IN Classes: June 5 – July 30

ADF’s Studios will hold Wednesday and Sunday evening drop-in classes from 7-8:30pm in Reinhart Studio for local dancers during the 2017 Festival Season.

Looking to broaden your dance technique in a welcoming, yet challenging master class setting? This modern class will feature different faculty each week, covering a broad spectrum of techniques and styles.
Price: $15 drop-in 
Class cards available:
$120 for 10 classes
$65 for 5 classes

2017 faculty:

June 7:     Allie Pfeffer
June 11:   Suzanne Beahrs
June 14:   Leah Wilks
June 18:   Jennifer Nugent
June 21:   Jody Kuehner
June 25:   Saar Harari | Gaga
June 28:   Saar Harari | Gaga
July 2:      Elizabeth Corbett | Forsythe Improv
July 5:      Elizabeth Corbett | Forsythe Improv
July 9:      Elizabeth Corbett | Forsythe Improv
July 12:    Shayla-Vie Jenkins
July 16:    Shayla-Vie Jenkins
July 19:    Shayla-Vie Jenkins
July 23:   Jesse Zaritt
July 26:   Jesse Zaritt
July 30:   Jesse Zaritt

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parkinson’s movement initiative

American Dance Festival is proud to offer our NEW Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.


Pilates for Parkinson’s

Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance.

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living. She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years.

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NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. This aspect of dance makes it a uniquely advantageous movement practice for people with Parkinson’s because of the effect that the disease has on a person’s expressive ability. Both through this program and through engagement with the Parkinson’s community, we have found that dance positively impacts people’s lives by bringing people together to move, learn, regain confidence, and have fun.

Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise, creating unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance.

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.

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