What our 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 Fall Term: september 8 – december 20
Click on the class titles below for days, times, and descriptions! Pricing can be found on the Rates & Policies page.
ARGENTINE TANGO WITH MURIELLE ELIZÉON
Session 1: Diving into Basics September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6.
Discover or re-discover the basics through walking technique, connection with your partner, pivoting, and musicality. We will learn simple tango patterns (cross, ochos front/back, rebote and change of directions) while understanding the core Argentine Tango principles to foster a fun and playful dance!
Session 2: Diving into Playful Complexity November 17, December 1, 8, 15.
Building on the previous serie and refining the basics, we will learn basics turns and ways to enter and exit them with creativity.
Both sessions are 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.
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 5 & up, 9 & up) WITH KATYA WESOLOWSKI
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm (ages 5 & up)
Saturdays, 12:00-1:00pm (ages 9 & up)
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 has suggested ages, however older students and parents may join in! This class is great for families who want to practice Capoeira together.
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN WITH gerri houlihan and renay aumiller
Wednesdays, 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.
Gerri Houlihan will teach Wednesdays in September, November, and December. Renay Aumiller will teach Wednesdays in October.
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.
mind-body exploration with thea jaworski
From the seasoned professional dancer looking to be more specific and refine their technique, to the less experienced beginning mover looking to strengthen muscles and broaden their anatomical knowledge, this class focuses on body awareness from the inside-out. Using a mash up of pilates, gyrokenisis, yoga, ballet, breathing techniques, anatomy, and visual imagery, Thea trains dancers and movers alike to focus on the “how and why” their bodies work the way they do, injury prevention, and clarity of intention. Taking the focus off of the mirror and what dance should look like, and taking it internally as to what it could feel like, helps support physical awareness, inspire the creative process, and give students to the tools to learn their own bodies/habits/tendancies and how to grow beyond them.
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.