Dance Professional Workshops Online

For Makers | Jesse Zaritt: June 22 – June 26, 2020

This experimental workshop insists on the incessant. Organized as a series of durational practice loops of dancing and drawing, Insistence/Persistence invites participants to create materials and exchange practices for immediate use. Focusing on unsolicited performance and the limits of the solo, sessions will explore encounters with family, neighbors, animals, objects and environments. Spectacularly fleeting events, or micro-theaters, will be designed and inhabited.

The moving aspect of the class can be done by anyone with an adventurous and open-minded attitude toward physicality. The organization of the class will be 1 hour 30 minutes of lab time followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

Class Needs:
  • Space needed to participate in this workshop is minimal. 
  • The workshop will move constantly between dancing, drawing and writing – so participants will need materials to draw and write with. 
  • Some research/performance experimentation will be encouraged outside of the class time, but not required. Viewings outside of class time may also be encouraged, but will be dependent on the interests of the group.
  • We’ll be talking about how to engage ourselves as editors in generous and playful ways so folks may be interested in revisiting materials made in class and are also encouraged to do so.
  • Access to Google Drive or another cloud-based drive is encouraged, but not required.

For Educators | Gerri Houlihan: June 29 – July 3, 2020

If you are hoping to rejuvenate your practice and find a supportive community of fellow educators, join us for five days of moving and dialog. Led by the incomparable Gerri Houlihan, each day will feature a class that includes time to dance together and participant-driven discussions focused on topics you care about most right now.  Classes will also have live musical accompaniment to keep us present and connected across the distance! 

Class Needs:
  • We recommend a space of 8 ft x 8 ft to move in if possible, but a slightly smaller space can also work!
  • A journal for discussion. Participants will be asked to provide information prior to the start of the workshop; including a brief bio, teaching history, and topics of discussion they are interested in engaging in with other educators during this workshop. 

Who can participate in Dance Professional Workshops (DPW) online?

DPWs are for dancers who have either five years of professional experience, an undergraduate degree in dance plus three years of professional experience, or who are currently enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree in dance. No audition is required to enroll. 

Enrollment overview

  • Each workshop meets daily, Monday through Friday, for one week.  
  • Dancers who meet the program requirements can enroll in each one-week workshop.  
  • If you enroll in a workshop, we ask that you commit to coming each day that it meets. As our capacity for each workshop is limited, we’d like everyone who attends to be fully present to create a class community and reap the benefits of the five-day experience.  
  • You may take as many workshops as you like!

Tuition Fees

  • Workshops: $95 per workshop

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Refund Policy: Once enrolled in a course, tuition fees are nonrefundable.

Class Schedule

Monday – Friday, everyday from 12:00pm-2:00pm EST


Gerri Houlihan

Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991-1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland and Russia. She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

Jesse Zaritt

Jesse Zaritt is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, having previously been the inaugural 2014-2016 Research Fellow in the University’s School of Dance. Jesse has performed his solo work in Taiwan, Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. His solo ‘Binding’ is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production.

In 2017, Jesse presented work in San Diego as a commissioned choreographer and solo performer in the youTurn Arts performance series. Jesse worked collaboratively with choreographer Jumatatu Poe from 2012-2015; their evening length duet was presented by Gibney Dance Center in New York City in October 2015. Their work was also shown at AUX Performance Space (Vox Populi) and Fringe Arts in Philadelphia (PA) and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (through the sponsorship of Triple Canopy), Dixon Place and New York Live Arts (through the Studio Series Program) in New York City. A duet created in collaboration with choreographer Katie Swords premiered at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in Late October 2015. Jesse was commissioned by the American Dance Festival to create a duet with choreographer Mark Haim which premiered as part of the 2015 ADF performance season.

From September 2008 through June 2011, Jesse was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography. Jesse was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001-2006), the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008), and in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC/2009-2016). Jesse has also performed in the work of Faye Driscoll (NYC/2010-2015) and works as an artistic adviser for her current projects. Jesse currently works in creative dialogue with Sara Shelton Mann.

Jesse has taught at Bard College (NY), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA) and Pomona College (CA), as well as at schools and festivals in Taiwan, Uruguay, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and Russia. Jesse received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008) and a BA from Pomona College (2000).

Photo credit: Olivia Blaisdell