adf studios Winter term Workshops

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 

Alexander Technique in MOtion: A mid-day restorative practice

Wednesdays January 9-February 13, 2019
Price:  $15 drop-in or $60 for the 6 class series

This class is designed for those wanting to put a potent pause in a busy day. The class will draw from the Alexander Technique, an approach to transforming bodily stress into movement ease. You’ll gain an understanding of how brain and body work together by applying unique ways of moving mindfully on the floor, sitting, standing, and moving through space. The “easercises” are designed to shift our habitual thinking from stressful reactions to becoming more present. Participants will learn to move in ways that encourage effortlessness and restore a sense of pleasurable embodiment. This learning can transfer into daily living, giving you a means of transforming stress on the go. No specific movement training is necessary. All are welcome to join the full series or drop in as you can.

About the instructor: Over the last four decades, Glenna Batson has honed an approach to teaching that integrates dance, human movement science, and somatic movement studies. During the 1970s, she apprenticed with Irene Dowd for four years (Ideokinesis, kinesthetic anatomy). From 1987 through 2014, she introduced Somatics into dance as faculty of the American Dance Festival’s summer program and the Hollins/ADF MFA. From 2008-2016, she taught extensively in England, and in October 2018, received an honorary fellowship award for contributions to Dance Science and Somatics from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been recognized for her pioneering research on improvisational dance Parkinson’s disease (2009-2014). In the last two years, she taught mainly in Ireland, co-directing the training program for the Alexander Technique Centre Galway, and guest teaching in a variety of dance-for-health projects. Now in her seventh decade, Glenna is keener than ever on sharing the power of movement as catalyst for meeting the challenges present in our world today.



Let GO. Play big. Notice more.
with David norsworthy

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Price: $15
This improvisational theatre mantra has become a part of my artistic DNA in the past few years. Guided by these meta-directives, we will engage in a collective movement practise to close the gap between our bodies and our brains. Explorations of perception and sensation may yield new questions, and we will listen to these curiosities with our entire bodies. We may also work on acknowledging influence, insisting on togetherness, exposing assumptions, searching for honesty and changing strategies. Then I will offer self-reflective prompts and protect time for individual contemplation before inviting a group discussion. Finally, we may engage in small group improvisational scores to further explore key ideas; transitioning between the roles of audience and doer. My goals as a facilitator include responding to the needs and desires of the participants, holding space for disagreement, admitting my own potential wrongness openly, reminding participants of their inherent individual power (and the danger of abusing it), and sharing my enthusiasm for movement and philosophy without apology.
Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
About the instructor:
David Norsworthy is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer and teacher. He has worked with companies, festivals and educational institutions in Canada, the USA, Sweden, Tanzania and Australia. His choreographic work has recently been presented by Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (New York, USA), Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA), Our Voices/Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) and ArtPowers (Arusha, Tanzania). David’s next major choreographic research and creaton project is titled Tackling aboutness and is funded by the Toronto Arts Council (Toronto, Canada). He has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto, Canada), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Andersson Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) among others. Teaching experiences include workshops at several high schools, dance studios and universities including Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Point Park University (Pittsburgh, USA) and York University (Toronto, Canada). He is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fresh Dance Intensive, a workshop series that has inspired over 5500 young people across 6 Canadian provinces since 2007 and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, a community outreach and artistic exchange initiative that has received critical praise from The Globe and Mail and The Dance Current. David was the recipient of The Living Arts Centre’s inaugural Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. In 2016 David was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers by Narcity Toronto. He is the grateful recipient of funding from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. David graduated from New York City’s The Juilliard School in May 2013, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dance Division. David enjoys (real) fruit smoothies, almond milk lattes, one-on-one chats, nature walks, and watching TED Talks.


parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops


Volunteer Orientation and Refresher for Parkinson’s Movement Initiative

Monday, October 8, 10:30-12:00pm

Are you interested in supporting your community? Become a Parkinson’s Movement Initiative Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to support Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s.

This workshop is FREE and is a great place to start if you would like to get involved or learn more about the program, and is also a great refresher for our returning volunteers from last term.

  • What makes a good volunteer?
  • People person interested in building relationships
  • Enjoy offering support and assistance
  • Observant of self, others and surroundings
  • Ready to get moving
  • Ready to have fun

In this training you learn about the following:

  • The Parkinson’s Movement Initiative
  • Why Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s
  • Common Symptoms
  • What to expect in class
  • Volunteer expectations

To learn more contact Meg ( or Susan (

For registration info, contact Julia (





American Dance Festival is excited to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes and volunteer trainings 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.