Summer Dance Intensive Online

June 15 – July 3, 2020
Ages 18

Join us for three weeks of movement-intensive online courses that envision new ways to respond to current times by reimagining how we move between making, dancing, researching, and performing. Offerings include three-week-long courses as well as weekend discussions and drop-in classes. 

Who can participate in Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) online courses?

SDI courses are for dancers who are 18 or older by June 15, 2020. No audition is required for participation. Classes are designed for intermediate and advanced dancers with a consistent movement practice, so we recommend that, minimally, you have some prior dance training and a regular moving practice. 

Enrollment overview

  • There are five courses offered during the three-week session. Each course meets twice per week.
  • If you register for a course, you must commit to the entire three-week duration. Please come to all class sessions to form a learning community and reap the rewards of full participation!
  • You may take as many courses as you like!
  • You can attend open forums and drop-in classes on the weekends for no cost, or with a suggested donation.
  • Some courses have limited capacity.

Tuition Fees

  • Courses: $80 per course
  • Open Forums: Free, donations welcome
  • Drop-in classes: Free, donation suggestion of $10

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

class schedule

Monday, June 15 – Friday, July 3, 2020

Monday Disrupting Disruption with Jenna Riegel 11:00am-12:30pm EST
  Creativity and the Gift of Distance with Leah Cox 3:30pm-5:00pm EST
Tuesday Bring It! with Nia Love  11:00am-12:30pm EST
  BlkSonic MvmntLab with André Zachery 1:30pm-3:00pm EST
Wednesday Disrupting Disruption with Jenna Riegel 11:00am-12:30pm EST
  SpArK | Somatic Practice as Action for Resilient Kreativity with Ray Schwartz 1:00pm-2:30pm EST
  Creativity and the Gift of Distance with Leah Cox 3:30pm-5:00pm EST
Thursday Bring It! with Nia Love 11:00am-12:30pm EST
  BlkSonic MvmntLab with André Zachery 1:30pm-3:00pm EST
Friday SpArK | Somatic Practice as Action for Resilient Kreativity with Ray Schwartz 1:00pm-2:30pm EST
Saturday Adult Drop-in class 12:00pm-1:30pm EST
Sunday Open Forum/Discussion with Leah Cox and ADF Faculty 4:00pm-5:00pm EST


Leah Cox

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Leah Cox is dean of the American Dance Festival and an associate professor of dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Cox is a frequent adjudicator for the American College Dance Association, served on the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Committee from 2015 to 2018, and was a master teacher for YoungArts. She worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2001 to 2014. Cox began as a company dancer and became the company’s first education director. She developed the company’s educational materials, annual workshops, and highly successful educational licensing program. Her work as education director was featured in the documentary about Bill T. Jones, A Good Man, which aired on PBS nationwide. Cox has been the subject of a cover story feature in Dance Teacher magazine and is regularly sought out by professional publications and organizations for her expertise.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Nia Love


nia love was most recently awarded the 2019 Gibney DiP Residence and the 2019 Gibney Presents Artist in Residence. nia love is a 2017 “Bessie” award recipient for Outstanding Performer as part of the Skeleton Architecture ensemble. She is a two-time Fulbright Fellow, a recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX Artist-in-Residence program, and recipient of Dance Theater Works’ Suitcase Fund Award. Her work has been presented at NYU Skirball, Danspace Project, Harlem Stage, Judson Church, Kennedy Center, New York Live Arts, NOLA Cultural Arts Center, MOCADA, Montpelier Arts Center, PS122, Snug Harbor, and the Nafasi Art Space-Tanzania, among others. Presently, she is the co-Artistic Advisor to the BAX Artist-In-Residence program and most recently NYLA’s Artistic Advisor to Fresh Tracks. love also serves as Assistant Professor at Queens College, Bard College, and The New School. In the fall of 2018, love was a Visiting Professor at UCLA and Sp. 2019 at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Jenna Riegel

Jenna Riegel, originally from Fairfield, IA, is a dance artist, maker, and educator. Jenna holds an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a BA in Theatre Arts from Maharishi International University. During her eleven-year performing career in NYC, Jenna danced with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance, and johannes weiland. She toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna taught classes in contemporary technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the dance departments of Barnard College, The Juilliard School, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, University of California-Berkeley, and Bates Dance Festival. Jenna is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.

Ray Eliot Schwartz

Ray Eliot Schwartz graduated high school from the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from University of Texas-Austin. He was the Head of the Dance Program of the University of the Americas-Puebla in México from 2008 to 2018. He is a founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento, a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement, and a consultant and teaching artist for ArcDanz International Dance Workshop. Ray co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern US: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective, and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the US, South East Asia, South America, and Mexico and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, Verano Chilango, Camp_iN, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival, SFADI, and the Mexican television series showcasing national and international talent in the Mexican contemporary dance scene, Opera Prima@elcolectivo, among others. He is a published scholar who writes in Spanish and English about the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice. His somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method®. Additional studies include Zero-Balancing®, Gross Anatomy (Dissection), Bio Mechanics of Sport, Molecular Cell Biology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage. He is delighted to return to ADF this summer to share his love of movement and looks forward to the collective learning that arises from its venerable and vibrant gathering of dance artists.

Photo Credit: Ben McKeown

André Zachery

André M. Zachery (b.1981, United States) is a Chicago bred and now Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group, his practice, research, and community engagement artistically focus on the merging of choreography, technology, and Black cultural practices through multimedia work. André is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow in Choreography and 2019 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Choreography. His works through RPG have been presented domestically and internationally, receiving support through several residencies, awards, and commissions such as the CUNY Dance Initiative, Performance Project Residency at University Settlement, ChoreoQuest Residency at Restoration Arts Brooklyn, 3LD Art & Technology Center, HarvestWorks, and a Jerome supported Movement Research AIR. Venues have included Danspace Project, Harlem Stage, the Brooklyn Museum, Harlem Stage, the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, Cistermusica Festival in Alcobaça, Portugal, and The Kennedy Center. Awarded grants have been from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and a Slate Property SPACE Award. Commissions have come from the Brooklyn Museum, Five Myles/BRIC Biennial, and Danspace Project.

class descriptions

Creativity and the Gift of Distance with Leah Cox

If distance makes the heart grow fonder, we should be overwhelmed by now with love for all that we have experienced alone and together, across the distance and isolation.  Using the invaluable gifts of our disparate locations and voluntary virtual presence, we will spend each class time mining these materials to dig deeply into our physical imagination.  We’ll form community, write, chat, discuss, zoom-provise, breakout, and share creations each time we gather, with the ultimate goal of fine-tuning our insight, intelligence, creativity, physical research skills, and compositional prowess.  

The creative and compositional work we’ll explore together is based in Western European-influenced postmodern practices.  Previous experience being part of a collaborative creative process or making dances is beneficial, but not essential.  If you haven’t made dances before, just know that we’ll be starting from a place that assumes some knowledge of creative processes and compositional basics.  

Class needs:

  • Space: A place where you can move without feeling inhibited or intruded upon by other people or things. Dancing outside and in unconventional locations is welcome! No need for clear spaces or infinite amounts of room.
  • We’ll have out-of-class explorations to engage in, so please plan on allocating thirty minutes to two hours between each class session to engage in reflection and creative activities. How much time you are able to give is up to you, but something will be essential.
  • A device that you can easily use for video recording and uploading files to a shared google drive will be necessary. 
  • Notebook for drawing and writing will be indispensable for class activities.  

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm EST

Bring it! with Nia Love

In this messy and monstrously intimate movement class, Nia Love breaks ideas of being in isolation. Setting up space to dance past the frame, the screen, ‘on-line presence’ into the deep ancestral kinetic waters NOW. TOGETHER. HERE. and GONE AGAIN.

Class needs:

  • Space: Useful to have at least 5 ft x 5 ft, but if you are comfortable adjusting with anything smaller and can be part of the conversation on adjustment and manipulation of spatial configurations that don’t leave you feeling left out!
  • This remote class experience can challenge, expand, evoke, and commune with kinetic conversations about the spatial and sentience consciousness. Folx who are in daily partnership with motion-building as both practice and praxis should feel welcomed with no pressure to perform or compare but to engage in acts of generosity and rest.
  • No outside work is planned yet, but it may be developed as the course unfolds.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm EST

Disrupting Disruption with Jenna Riegel

During this unprecedented time, how are we processing what has been disrupted in our lives? What are our assumptions about disruption? Is it inherently a disturbance? Or is it simply a rerouting of our path? What can we learn from this rerouting? Can disruption be an aide in reimagining what our dancing body is and what we hold as important or of value in our dancing lives? Can disruption be a path to new creative freedoms? How do disruptions influence each of us differently? Who are those who have been most drastically affected by this current disruption?

In this movement centered class, we will explore and question the idea of disruption versus continuation through many different avenues: improvisation, choreographic phrase work, elemental exercises, writing excursions, sounding scores and more. Each moment together will be an opportunity for us to practice recognizing our habits, patterns and predispositions and to redirect and reinvent them. Live music by Jake Meginsky will accompany our sessions.  

This course is designed for Intermediate/Advanced dancers in any genre of movement. More important is a developed sense of body awareness, coordination and strength and an ability to process movement generated from an outside source fairly quickly (although we will do plenty of generating from the inside out as well). The course is best suited for students with an interest in making collaboratively across multiple disciplines or through various modes. Experience with technology is a plus but not required.

Class Needs:

  • Space: A minimum of 5 ft x 5 ft, ideally closer to 7 ft x 7 ft.
  • What the floor is made of (hardwood, carpet, even cement) is more flexible. 
  • It would be great if students can spend time outside of class generating or making. This work could amount to up to 2-3 hours a week, depending on student interest. 
  • Access to basic film editing or audio editing software is a plus but not required. 
  • The ability to upload files to a shared google drive is a plus but not required.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:30pm EST

SpArK: Somatic Practice as Action for Resilient Kreativity with Ray Schwartz

SpArK is a hybrid laboratory for the ADF community combining moving, thinking and making. We will employ experiential anatomy, imagistic movement cues, short choreographic studies (to be worked on between sessions) and engaged conversation to explore embodiment and imagination as an act of resilience.

This course will be a mixture of some theoretical information about experiential anatomy and somatic philosophy along with guided movement experiences and explorations. There will also be links to descriptions of precise activities that dancers can do at home and with classmates on their personal schedule, as well as invitations to design, videotape, and share creative responses to the material covered in and out of class time. Depending on the interest of the group, we may also share readings and meet for online chat discussions about them.

This course is designed for advanced beginners through advanced dancers. If you are interested in investigating movement and creative practice, performance, embodiment, kinesthetic learning, developing a personal voice, anatomy, mind-body relationship, critical thinking through movement, technology as a tool for learning, and/or a desire to explore the proposal that: thinking is movement and movement is thinking, then this course is a good fit for you.  

 Class needs: 

  • Space: Ideally, enough space to lay down, turn in a circle, move a bit through space, do an inversion, and change levels. If that’s not possible, then minimally, the ability to sit, stand, turn in in a circle, lay down, and roll from side to side… and a little imagination to adapt what we do that might not fit in your space!
  • Dancers will need to have time to do some movement exploration sessions on their own between classes. Depending on your level of investment, this could be as little as 30 minutes or as long as several hours. The time commitment is up to you, but you should plan on having some self-study/solo work time outside of class.  
  • This course will require you to videotape and upload video to a site like Flipgrid. Very basic music and video editing capabilities would be useful.

Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-2:30pm EST

BlkSonic MvmntLab with André Zachery

This course is intended to be a healing space. First for Black people to be able to find joy and mending within ourselves through our history and cultural practices. Then as a space for all to nurture the wounds internally and externally in order to reclaim our shared humanity. Renegade Performance Group artistic director, André M. Zachery, in collaboration with sound artist/musician Okai Fleurimont, will co-lead participants in movement labs that dig into the continuous relationship between movement and sound in the African Diaspora. Our lab will generate non-verbal language and connection where movement tasks, phrase work, sonic generation and conversation will center contemporary Black cultural practices. Each session will focus on different themes, including rites-of-passage in social, coastal landings, vernacular and formal iterations of movement and sound. Blksonic Mvmntlab will culminate in a unique digital performance work that will be shared online. Through recognizing practices such as the ringshout, field holler, call and response and others, Black Movement and Sound offers us a portal for transformation. 

This course is geared to intermediate/advanced improvisers with an interest in task-based movement explorations unpacking the relationship of our bodies to individual and shared histories and its impact on us over times. Dancers focused in and familiar with Africanist/African diaspora forms is beneficial.  

Class needs:

  • Space: At least a 6 foot diameter area in which both arms and legs are clear.
  • Class readings and viewings will be given prior to course commencement. Dancers should have time to read and reflect on these prior to course beginning and be prepared to read or process other materials given throughout the course between class meeting times.  

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00pm EST

Open Forum with Leah Cox and ADF faculty

It wouldn’t be ADF without a place for us all to gather! Open forum is a chance for us to experience community, reflect, and share our experiences, ideas, and questions.  Each gathering will give us time to check in with ourselves to find out what we’re thinking and then get out of our own heads by listening to one another, witnessing what we have been making or doing in our ADF online courses (if you are enrolled in one), and building ideas in response to our questions and thoughts. The result of this will be a brief foray into coming to know ourselves, learning about one another, and experiencing the community that we create together. Sign-up for this class will include an opportunity for you to let us know what you would like to bring to the gathering, be it a question, an idea, an experience, or a topic for discussion.  

André Zachery (June 21)
Dancing Matters: Dance and Social Justice

Join Leah Cox and André Zachery for this Open Forum, which will be an opportunity to reflect on dance and social justice. We’ll take time to check in with ourselves to find out what we’re thinking, get out of our own heads by listening to one another, and discover the community that we create through a shared concern. Feel free to bring a question or an idea to offer that relates to our central topic that we can reflect on together!

Nia Love (June 28)
Moving Matters: Dancing Our Convictions

Join Leah Cox and Nia Love for this week’s Open Forum, which will be an opportunity to reflect on how what we care about as people lives in our dancing. We’ll take time to check in with ourselves to find out what we’re thinking, get out of our own heads by listening to one another, and discover the community that we create through a shared concern. Feel free to bring a question or an idea to offer that relates to our central topic that we can reflect on together!

Class needs:

  • Notebook for writing and reflecting

Sunday June 21 & 28 from 4:00-5:00pm EST

These classes are pay what you can. Fees collected help support compensating our faculty for their time. When purchasing an open forum class, select the amount you would like to pay from the provided options. You may choose to pay $0.

drop-in classes

Open to all and donation-based, these two Saturday classes will be led by Gerri Houlihan and Nia Love. Participants must register no later than an hour before the class to receive the zoom link!

Adult Drop-in Class: Limon Influenced/Classic Modern with Gerri Houlihan
In this online class, our emphasis will be on clarifying technical skills as well as performance skills. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limon, the class focuses on the concepts of alignment, core strength, and efficiency in movement. Particular attention will be paid to musicality, phrasing, and the use of dynamics to develop a personal sense of expression, freedom, and ease of moving through space.

Saturday June 20 from 12:00-1:30pm EST

Adult Drop-in Class: Bring It! with Nia Love
In this messy and monstrously intimate online movement class, Nia Love breaks ideas of being in isolation. Setting up space to dance past the frame, the screen, ‘on-line presence’ into the deep ancestral kinetic waters NOW. TOGETHER. HERE. and GONE AGAIN.

Saturday June 27 from 12:00-1:30pm EST

These classes are pay what you can. Fees collected help support compensating our faculty for their time. When purchasing a drop-in class, select the amount you would like to pay from the provided options. You may choose to pay $0.