Adult Classes

 

2017 fall adult drop-in classes: september 10-December 16

2018 Winter Term Adult Drop-In Classes January 8-March 18
**Parkinson’s MOvement Initiative classes begin January 10**

 

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FALL TERM:  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm
This class encourages both taking risks and paring down through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. The class progresses through a series of little dances (and some guided improvisations) that give dancers opportunities to practice particular skills. These little phrases are compiled into a longer dance at the end of class, so that dancers can revisit all of the material when they are fully warmed up, and integrate what they’ve learned into a full experience of dancing. Key principles include the following: 1. Moving efficiently throughout our kinespheres and in locomotion. 2. Using sensation and play to make choices of dynamics, weight, and quality. 3. Training our bodies to go along for the ride as our heavy, weighted centers initiate with power and momentum. 

WINTER TERM:  Practicing Presence in Performance with Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan

Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm
This class will explore the question of presence in performance. After a warm-up to invite the emergence of various states and qualities of movement, we will explore methods to develop an embodied presence in performance through methods spanning somatics, attention, perception, guided exercises, and improvisation. We will include the element of viewer/audience and of public spaces as part of this practice. We will move from stillness to intense physicality and from effort to rest with an awakened sense of curiosity for how we move and what moves us.

This class is open to professional performers (dancers, actors) and anyone who is interested in exploring presence in movement with the idea of a practice tailored to each individual needs and abilities. Murielle Elizéon will teach first 5 classes, Tommy Noonan the following 5. Come to both with a TERM PASS to get the different approaches and perspectives from these long time collaborators.  Drop-ins welcome!

ADVANCED/PROFESSIONAL forms: spirals, momentum, weight WITH ALLIE PFEFFER

Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30pm
This class will explore the spirals that exist within our anatomy and those that we can find and create in the space around us. We will use the momentum of one movement to inform and indulge the next, and discover how the weight of our bodies and limbs can encourage our dancing in new and uncommon ways. Through approaching movement practice from a point of view that doesn’t prioritize being upright, this class is for exploration and going on adventures to discover the line between what our minds want to do and what our bodies are capable of while prioritizing safety. Let’s push the boundaries and delve a little deeper into our potential to locomote, adapt, recover, and surprise.

Open level modern: Technique, FloorWork, Progressions WITH Courtney Owen-Muir

This class has been canceled. Apologies for the inconvenience! Check out Gerri’s Sunday Community Moves if you are looking for an alternate Open Level option!
Thursdays, 6:30–7:45pm

This class will offer a combination of technical and improvisation-inspired movements and warm-ups.  Center practice progressions across the floor will be a combination of patterning, rotations, and explosive movements.

BALLET FOR MODERN DANCERS WITH GERRI HOULIHAN & Jen guy

Saturdays, 1:00–2:30pm
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. Features live music!

Instructor schedule coming soon.

Capoeira WITH Katya Wesolowski

Saturdays, 11:45am–12:45pm
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music. In this class, participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movements, percussive music, and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and rhythm.

Teens/adults with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome!

Community moves WITH GERRI HOULIHAN

Sundays, 1:00–2:30pm
Have you been thinking that you need some dancing in your life? Here’s your opportunity! Whether you have some dance training in your background or you’ve always wanted to explore dance as a movement practice, this class is for you. The class will begin with stretching and strengthening exercises on the floor and progress to simple movement sequences traveling through space. The class is targeted towards adults who have a passion or curiosity about dance.

No previous dance experience necessary.

 

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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.

Please join us at our FREE weekly movement classes each week through December 16.  Classes will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 8!

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Mondays, 2-3:15pm  |  Wednesdays 10:30-11:45am
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.

Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger and Lindsay Voorhees

Mondays, 10:30-11:45am
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. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create 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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