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 Winter term Workshops

Modern Technique 2.0: Beyond the solo body with Leah Cox
(PLUS ADF School 2018 Local Sneak Peek!)

Friday, February 16  6:30-8pm  **followed by snacks, drinks, and conversation
Friday, March 9   6:30-8pm

In this movement class, we will cultivate physical precision, intelligence, and curiosity. We’ll also develop our capacities to be creative and make choices. We’ll do this by warming up with guided improvisations and set exercises, using our whole selves as creative tools to solve movement problems, learning a dance phrase that allows us to move in bold and exciting ways, and working with others to access information outside of our own bodies. Leah’s class is both athletic and thoughtful. Come to work hard, laugh, and discover what you are capable of!

This workshop will be held twice, once on February 16 and once on March 9, from 6:30-8pm. On February 16, please join us after the workshop for our ADF School 2018 Local Sneak Peek! There will be snacks, drinks, and information about how ADF’s Summer Intensive is working to become accessible and connected to Durham’s local dance scene. Learn about new ways of tapping into the energy of ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive, perks of being a Durhamite, tips for getting involved at ADF’s Studios, and a conversation and exchange about how we can keep moving forward. We’d love to hear from you! Being a dancer in Durham has never looked better, and we are grateful to exist in this thriving community all year round. Complimentary wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will be available.

About the instructor: Leah Cox is an educator, performer, and choreographer. In addition to being Dean of the American Dance Festival, Cox holds the position of Term Associate Professor at Bard College. Leah is an avid educator, teaching classes for all ages and levels of ability nationwide. She has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Cox worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014. She began as a company dancer, briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant, became the company’s first education director, launching its education programs, and regularly reconstructed the company’s works on students and professional dancers. When the company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, Cox continued in her education capacity, developing Live Arts’ education programs. Most notably, she oversaw the six-year partnership between Live Arts and Bard College. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is inspired by the way that her teaching, performing, and creative practices inform one another and provide a richly layered perspective on dance as it functions in contemporary culture.

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parkinson’s movement initiative

Pilates for Parkinson’s workshops will transition into our regular class schedule and are now joined by weekly Dance for PD classes as part of our Parkinson’s Movement Initiative.  Please check under ADULT CLASSES in the left column for more information and class registration (or just click here).

In the meantime we are adding MORE exciting one-off workshops to choose from during Fall and Winter Terms in addition to our weekly drop-in classes:



Saturday, December 9:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, December 16:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, January 20:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, January 27:  3-4:30pm

*Please note that this class will take place at WakeMed: 3000 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610*
Parking: You may park in the handicapped lot in front of the health park until it is full, and then please park in the P1 Visitor parking garage (we will provide parking passes!)
Directions: Entering “Healthworks at WakeMed” into GoogleMaps will bring you right to the drop-off area in front of the Health Park. 

This class is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our instructors have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn.

Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and folk, and will also 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.



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.