What ADF’s Studios students are saying:
“[ADF's Studios] has surrounded me with inspiring and eclectic choreographers and dancers. I have [felt] awakened with creativity and challenged in exploring my own movements as a dancer. I have been very blessed to have become part of a wonderful dance community and experience each week the joy of dance being expressed in gifted ways. I strongly encourage other artists and dancers in the area to come to a class and support their fellow dance community.” — Jordan D.
“I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous experience it was [during Advanced Modern] to learn under the guidance of a teacher with that level of expertise. It was really wonderful to take class in one of the truly fundamental modern techniques, with so much emphasis on alignment and strength.” – Danielle R.
2014 WINTER/SPRING TERM: JANUARY 13 – MAY 17
Advanced Modern with Rotating ADF Faculty
This modern class will highlight a variety of renowned instructors throughout the term. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to experience various modern techniques at an advanced level.
2014 Winter/Spring schedule of instructors:
January 18 – Diego Carrasco Schoch
January 25 & February 1 – April Berry
February 8 – Ariel Freedman
February 15 & 22 – B. J. Sullivan
March 1 – Leah Wilks
March 8 & 15 – Cara Hagan
March 22 & 29 – April Berry
April 5 – Elizabeth Corbett
April 12 – Natalie Marrone
April 19 – STUDIOS CLOSED
April 26 – Natalie Marrone
May 3 & 10 – Helen Simoneau
May 17 – Diego Carrasco Schoch
Argentine Tango with 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? Visit Murielle’s website to schedule a session.
Ballet foundations WITH 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!
BEGINNING MODERN WITH WILLIAM 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, and 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!
Capoeira (Ages 14+) with 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!
CAPOEIRA (AGES 9-13) WITH 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.
Please Note: This class is suggested for ages 9-13, however younger and older students may join in! This all-ages class is great for families who want to practice Capoeira together.
Cardio Hip Hop & Stretch with Nikki Free
In this class, be prepared to have fun learning the latest cardio hip hop moves while getting a great workout. This class is for everyone; no prior dance training is necessary, so just be willing to have fun and sweat! Only $5 per class!
Intermediate/ADVANCED MODERN WITH RENAY AUMILLER
Wednesday, 7:00–8:30 pm
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.
Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique with 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.
Pilates with 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. Yoga mat or towel required.