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


moving with communal responsibility with tina Vasquez

In this two part series with Tina Vasquez (back by popular demand), dancers will continue to dive into issues of equity and power through a process of writing, drawing and collaborative movement creation. While this workshop series is open to all dance levels, dancers will be engaging in a process of individually tailored rigor.

Part 1, Saturday March 17
Dancers will revisit the Exploring Identity and Power through Movement workshop with extended exercises. Dynamics of power will be explored through verbal and physical dialogues both choreographed and improvised. We will look at how we perform, embody, deny or are denied power in the various spaces we traverse each day. The studio will become a microcosm of how our identities are perceived and structured by others, and how we push, enable and resist them. Newcomers and returning participants are most welcome!

Part 2, Saturday May 5   *please note date change to May 5*
This workshop takes a deeper dive, expanding on concepts explored in the first. We will introduce the shifting and holding of physical weight as a metaphor for how we hold and shift the weight of racism, privilege, and power…the ways in which we as a community must acknowledge, own, dismantle, teach, and learn. Building off of Part 1, we will explore this metaphor through physical exploration, partnered dance, choreography, and reflective drawing and writing. This workshop is also open to all levels.

For both workshops, expect to feel physically, emotionally and mentally challenged, as well as held and cared for in a brave space.

Price:  $20 each or $35 for both
**Returning attendees of Tina’s first workshop at ADF may get these workshops for the special price of $15 each. Call 919-797-2871 to redeem.**

Tina Vasquez is a new member of the Triangle community hailing from New York City. She has spent her professional career organizing, teaching, and dancing in the US and abroad. She received her BA in Movementology and the Choreographic Experience from the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU and her MS in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics at the Polytechnic School for Engineering at NYU. Tina has also been certified as a Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Currently, Tina serves the Triangle as a Race Equity Consultant, but one of her greatest passions is bringing racial equity work and dance experiences together. She is abundantly grateful to Julia and the ADF community for welcoming her and for giving a place for an equity and dance project to exist. 



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Cunningham Technique: Finding the Foundation

Back by popular demand!

Sunday, April 22:  3-5pm
Price: $15

This two hour workshop will break down the basic exercises and flow of the typical Cunningham class.  This workshop is intended for dancers who may have never taken a Cunningham class, Cunningham enthusiasts who want to take the time to go back and “find the foundation,” and last but not least, dancers who have thought to themselves “Cunningham isn’t for me.”  🙂 

Starting with a strong sense of spine, the class will move through different back exercises, exploring the torso as a unit and its individual parts. There will be a classical progression of exercises such as plies and tendus that will be comfortable for anyone with a ballet background, then eventually dancers will move through space, playing with directional changes and the way of referencing “front” in terms of the way your individual body is facing, not as a point outside of yourself.  Expect to discover your strength and flexibility both mentally and physically as you explore these ideas in a comfortable and supportive environment, where questions are encouraged and discoveries are celebrated.

Glen Rumsey was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1993-1999. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. He has taught at the Cunningham Studio, and was an Adjunct Professor at UNCSA from 2012-2013. He dances with COMPANY, under the direction of Justin Tornow, with a lovely group of dancers. 





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parkinson’s movement initiative

Our weekly drop-in classes will continue as usual through May 27, at which point they will conclude for this cycle.  

Upcoming special workshops listed below:


Music Therapy for Parkinson’s: Effective treatment while having fun!

Research supports the use of music therapy with individuals with PD for movement and gait training, vocal health, and psychosocial wellness. This experiential class with Alie Chandler will demonstrate how our bodies and brains respond to music through rhythmic movement, vocal play, drums, and various instruments. No prior musical experience necessary!
Alie Chandler, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, is Owner/Director of Ossia Music Services. She has a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University and has been a board certified music therapist since 2002. She has worked with clients of all ages and abilities in NY, CT, and NC, including the American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and Westchester Medical Center. Alie has published research on music therapy and autism, presented nationally, and is a certified provider through the National Parkinson Foundation. She is trained in both Neurologic Music Therapy and improvisational music therapy methods, and served as an advisor on the American Music Therapy Association’s Strategic Priority on Autism Spectrum Disorder.



yin yoga for parkinson’s: flexibility and letting go with Meg Poe

Thursday, April 26:  10:30-12pm

This 90 minute workshop is part of the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative and will include a bit of lecture and a lot of practice.  Participants will learn and experience the benefits of Yin Yoga: greater flexibility, relaxation, increased energy, improved self awareness, and more.  

Yin yoga is a slow practice that makes heavy use of props and blankets to assist in achieving a comfortable pose.  All exercises are performed on the floor and poses will be held for several minutes each.    

I have enjoyed teaching Yin Yoga for 3 years.  It’s a different approach to exercising your body and mind.  Instead of pushing and stressing the body, you relax into your muscles, wake up connective tissues and become more aware of physical sensations.  Exercises are held for several minutes so you also become very aware of your busy thoughts and mind.  – Meg

All exercises are performed on the floor.  No experience is necessary.  Let’s all learn together!

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. A dedicated student comments, “Meg is a skillful practitioner herself and a masterful teacher who knows how to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, respectful, meditative, yet informal and fun. There is no pressure to perform or compete – students are free to adapt the exercises, with Meg’s guidance, to their own abilities and needs.”  

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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.