All upcoming workshops will be posted here!  Watch this space.  🙂

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 

adf studios Summer term Workshops

Modern Jazz with Tracey Durbin

May 17, 7-8:30pm
May 24, 7-8:30pm

This soulful modern-jazz class equips dancers with a strong technical foundation while focusing on lowering the dancers’ center of gravity and syncopating movement with a blend of latin, modern, ballet, and jazz. This intense fluid class emphasizes the relationship between music and movement and inspires dancers to feel movement from the inside out, keeping you engaged, sweaty, and inspired.

Price: $15 or both for $20

About the instructor:  Tracey Durbin recently moved to Durham from Portland, Oregon where she has been an integral part of the Portland dance scene for 25 years. She began her training with Julie Adler and at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. At age 12 Ms. Durbin trained under Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito, one of the most famous international jazz teachers of his generation. The Luigi technique became the foundation of her teaching career. Ms. Durbin has choreographed and taught for Northwest Dance Project, Body Vox Dance, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Reed College. Most recently, she was one of four choreographers chosen for the Northwest Dance Project Chopin Project with acclaimed pianist Yekwon Sunwoo and was also a featured artist in the book Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond.



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Summer improv jams at the Ark to be announced…


Studios master classes to be announced…



parkinson’s movement initiative

Classes for this cycle will end on May 27.  Thanks for a great year of programming!  Stay tuned for future announcements.

Upcoming special workshops listed below:

Sunday, May 20:  3-4:30pm
In this workshop we will begin with a chair warm-up, inviting participants to bring awareness to their breath, gently mobilize joints and muscles and move with attention to their body sensations. We will then dive into Argentine Tango core principles such as leading and following, embrace, connection to a partner, and walking. Throughout the workshop, we’ll engage in a safe and nonjudgmental discovery of the social dance through learning and playing with simple movement patterns alone and in pairs. Our goal is to invite new movement possibilities and connect with a sense of playfulness.
This introduction to Argentine Tango workshop is designed for participants with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
Below is an article on a research around Argentine tango and Parkinson’s:
Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has toured with various dance companies in France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the US. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and age groups. Murielle learned Argentine Tango between Europe and Argentina and has danced, taught, and performed it in Europe and the US for more than 12 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.

American Dance Festival is proud to offer these 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.