Adult Classes

*ONLINE* adult classes

*Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and with concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we will be holding classes entirely online unless otherwise noted.


2020-2021 ONLINE drop-in Classes

experiments in practice drop-in series

October 17-December 12
Saturdays, 1:00-2:45pm EST onLINE
with Leah cox & rotating ADF faculty

For educators, professional dance artists, and dancers ages 18+

This contemporary movement practice series embraces the classroom as a site of radical potential.  Join faculty members to reimagine what’s possible through the ways we move, compose, improvise, think, write, read, and talk with one another. This unique series is designed for teachers and dance artists who want to experience new class structures and ways of creating knowledge.

Classes are collaborative and interwoven. Faculty members draw from one another’s classes to create throughlines that make it exciting for you to attend each week.

Classes are experimental. Each class allows you to experience unique approaches to content, method, mediums, and/or use of the online platform. 

Learning is shared and documented. You are invited to create a blog post that is shared with the ADF community about your class experiences and the ideas you generate about teaching, learning, or dance.


Class & faculty schedule

October 17: Leah Cox
In her class, Leah will use Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology as the catalyst for sensitizing to the dancing spaces we are in and coming to terms with what it means to dance “here.” 

October 24: Jesse Zaritt
This experimental class insists on the incessant and the abundant. Organized as a series of durational practices and collectively designed rituals of exquisite attention, we will examine poetry as magic, dance as drawing, and super powers as relics of past and future selves. The work of poet CAConrad will inform our critical and urgent study.

October 31: 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.

November 7: Kyle Marshall
Recognizing the body as a container of history, class will draw influence from post-modernisms and black dance aesthetics. Movement will emphasize rhythm, footwork, articulation, stability and release. Tasked improvisations are used to recall our dancing histories and to manifest our physical potential. Our inner groove and the power of our vessels will be harnessed through phrase work and spatial play. Class is intended to equally encourage the body, mind and spirit. Reflective conversation and writing prompts throughout the class are offered as space to process and discuss our moving selves. 

November 14: Jessie Young
This class will activate movement and reflection in relationship to excerpts from “In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective” by Hito Steyerl, which we will read together. Through guided exploration, we will cultivate expansiveness in our proprioception, focusing on the interplay between horizontality and verticality within our spatial realities. No prior dance experience required; please have a journal and something to write with on hand.

November 21: Eric Geiger
Time. Queering time, making more space. For what? What do we do with more space and time? More sensing? More feeling? More forgetting? A luxury or a necessity?

December 5: Shayla-Vie Jenkins
We will gather, dance, and reflect together in an incantatory practice of wellness and ancestral love. The Black prophetic writing of Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be our guide.

December 12: Charles O. Anderson


FACULTY BIOS

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Stretch Floor Barre 

October 12-December 13, 2020 (No class November 24)
January 11-March 14, 2020 (No Class February 23)
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm EST ONLINE
with andrea bains & Michael dailey

Floor Barre is a 60-minute class inspired by and built upon a traditional ballet floor barre class. Muscles are slowly and systematically elongated through a series of stretch sequences, increasing flexibility and mobility. This is a relaxing, slower-paced class appropriate for any fitness level. This class is held online via Zoom.

REGISTER FOR STRETCH FLOOR BARRE

Technique, Musicality, and the Joy of Movement with Gerri Houlihan

September 13-December 13, 2020 (No class Nov 29)
January 17-May 16, 2021 (No class April 4)
Sundays, 1:00-2:15pm EST ONLINE

These classes are offered to dancers of various skill levels to bring us together in an open and supportive way and connect us all to our love for dance and community. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limón, the class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath for efficiency of movement. The class will begin with simple floor exercises and develop into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase.

Because music and its relationship to movement is such an important focus for Gerri’s approach to dance, we are delighted to say that music for these classes will be provided by our wonderful long-time ADF musician, John Hanks.

*Please note that if you sign up on the morning of class, you may receive your link right at 1pm*
*Students will be admitted to the Zoom room at 1pm, there will be no early admittance*

REGISTER FOR ONLINE DROP-IN WITH GERRI  

Date Night: Intro to Argentine Tango 

November 14-December 12, 2020
Saturdays, 6:00-7:00pm EST ONLINE
with Murielle Elizéon

This event is for ages 18+
 
Join choreographer Murielle Elizéon for a series of date nights, nurturing connection and playfulness with your significant other in the comfort and safety of your own home. Prepare your beverage of choice and join us for an introduction to Argentine Tango!  

We will begin the class with a warm-up designed to foster body awareness, ease, and connection to yourself and your partner. We will continue with the basics of Argentine Tango such as the embrace, leading/following, walking together, and musicality through playful exercises and prompts.
 
*This class is $10 per person for a drop-in or $30 for the full series of 4. Both partners must be signed up for class on MindBody. You are also welcome to attend solo!*

REGISTER FOR Intro to Argentine Tango

how to enroll online for drop-in classes

Overview

  • Select the classes that best fit your experience and/or interests or contact us for assistance with class selection!
  • Experience level may vary for participants. 
  • If you register for a class, please plan to attend as some classes have limited capacity. You may attend a single drop-in class or enroll in multiple class dates for a fuller experience. 
  • We hope you join our learning community and reap the rewards of full participation!

Tuition Fees

  • Classes: $10 per drop-in class

Register Online

REGISTER ONLINE

  • After you register for your class(es), download the Zoom App on your phone or computer prior to the start of your first class. Zoom is free to access. We recommend you create your own Zoom account for ease of participation!
  • Zoom link will not be included in MindBody confirmation email, but will come in a separate email from ADF. We will email you your class Zoom links prior to the start of your selected class(es).

Class Policies & Requirements
review POLICIES/requirements here

Have questions? Email us at studios@americandancefestival.org


2020 online workshops & masterclasses

Oct 17: ACDA’s Give & Take: The Joy of Movement with Gerri Houlihan

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
3:00-4:30pm EST ONLINE

Suggested Donation: $5 

This donation-based class is part of ACDA’s Give & Take Series—Virtual Dance for a Cause. The class is for dancers of various skill levels to bring us together in an open and supportive way and connect us all to our love for dance and community. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limón, the class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath for efficiency of movement. The class will begin with simple floor exercises and develop into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase.

Because music and its relationship to movement is such an important focus for Gerri’s approach to dance, we are delighted to say that music for these classes will be provided by our wonderful long-time ADF musician, John Hanks.

REGISTER ONLINE
*Advance registration recommended. Zoom link will not be included in MindBody confirmation email, but will come in a separate email from ADF. If you register the day of the event, you may receive your Zoom link a few minutes before class.*

about ACDA’s give & take

During these unprecedented times of the pandemic, social change, physical distancing and digital connections, the American College Dance Association (ACDA) proudly presents opportunities to take classes from exceptional teachers and artists while giving to organizations, badly in need of funds, through your donations. We are pleased to connect guest artists with dancers from across the country and around the world. We welcome ACDA members and non-members to dance and rejoice!

Not only are ACDA Guest Artists volunteering their time to raise funds to help ACDA continue to serve our Membership in new and virtual ways, but they are also raising funds for a charitable organization of their choice.

All proceeds from ACDA’s GIVE & TAKE – Virtual Dance for a Cause will be divided between ACDA and the Gerri Houlihan’s charity of choice, the American Dance Festival. Your donations will serve two powerful causes, so your generosity is important and highly appreciated.

Please click here to view more classes in ACDA’s Give & Take Series

Oct 24: RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT MASTER CLASS WITH RODNEY HILL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020
3:00-3:50pm EST ONLINE  
**Please note this class is 50 minutes long and will end at 3:50pm**
Ages 13+

Price: $10

Rennie Harris and his company members are well versed in the vernacular of Hip Hop, popping, locking, stepping, breaking, house, and other styles that have emerged from the African American and Latino communities of inner-city America. These masterclasses include exercises to develop muscle strength, flexibility, and stamina. The basic movement and techniques are defined, practiced, and developed into combinations. Hip Hop styles are explored as sources for inspiration and vocabulary for choreography. Also, the movement is technically tied to complex and often challenging, invigorating, and uplifting driving rhythms.

Space provided by Philadanco.

REGISTER ONLINE
*Advance registration recommended. Zoom link will not be included in MindBody confirmation email, but will come in a separate email from ADF. If you register the day of the event, you may receive your Zoom link a few minutes before class.*

RODNEY S. HILL (Company Manager & Dancer) Born and raised in North Philadelphia. Rodney entered the Hip-hop scene in1988. For more than a decade,Rodney has blazed the stages in venues nationally and abroad. He has been featured in many videos for such artists as Boys II Men, Will Smith, Music Soul Child, just to name a few. Moving on to perform on TV shows such as LA R&B Divas, NBC’s Late Night Show Conan O’Brien, Soul Train, NBC’S NFL Under The Helmet, BET’s Teen Summit. In addition he has toured and performed with artist R&B singer Brave Williams, R&B Singer Julian King, such as “EVE”, Teddy Pendergrass, Shanice Wilson, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Philly’s own, The Roots. An accomplished teacher and choreographer Rodney Hill has had the opportunity to perform and teach in universities, dance studios locally, nationally and internationally, in such countries as France, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Asia, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. Mr. Hill is constantly expanding his horizons, working with new artists and exploring new opportunities. Hill has a MFA in Choreography from Wilson College in Chamberburg, PA. Rodney is also the Company Manager/ Director of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Rennie Harris R.H.A.W. Rodney seeks inspiration from his community and family while continuing to educate and inspire others, through his hard work, dedication, and commitment to hip-hop and its culture.

Nov 15: MINI LAB (A GLANCE INTO THE COMPOSITION PROCESS) WITH DAFI ALTABEB

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020
10:30am-12:00pm EST ONLINE

Price: $10

This workshop with choreographer Dafi Altabeb focuses on the ways she creates, including her origins for creation and the tools she uses to invent new material from the dancers she works with.Through different exercises, games, and improvisation, the dancers will experience sort of a lab of creation through the methods we use in the studio to create our personal, emotional, and delicate material. We will improvise and play with words, connotations, images, and dramaturgic instruction. By the end of class dancers will have built a small phrase from their experience in the class.

REGISTER ONLINE

Dafi Altabeb is the recipient of the 2012, 2013 & 2016 Excellence Award for young choreographers from the Israeli Ministry of Culture, the Israeli Ministry of Culture performance award for 2018 ensemble with the piece “It’s Now. It’s Never”. She received the 2014 Rozenblum Award for Excellence from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv. Altabeb graduated from the “Kibutzim Collage of Education” with a B.Ed. and Teaching Diploma specializing in composition and EW Movement Notation. Altabeb started her career as a choreographer in 2005, creating works for “Intimadance” and “Gvanim” festivals and later she participated in “Curtain Up” and “International Exposure”. Altabeb’s pieces are being performed in major venues in Israel and abroad: ADF Festival (USA) Internationale Tanzmesse Dusseldorf (Germany), Les Brigittines Centre d’Art Contemporain (Belgium), Chang Mu International Dance Festival (S. Korea), Ballet Preljocaj – Pavillion Noir (France), “Guang-Gue Modern Dance Festival” (China) and “Viva Dance Festival” (Brazil) to name a few. In 2012 she was commissioned by the “Napoli Theater Festival” (Italy) to create a new piece for 6 dancers that was premiered in an archaeology site. In 2014 Altabeb was commissioned to create the choreography for “Stranger”, a new Israeli film directed by Tova Asher. Altabeb is the artistic director of Dafi Dance Company and works collaboratively with Nini Moshe, her life partner. Dafi Dance Company is supported by The Dance Division of the Israeli Ministry of Culture, The lottery council, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv Municipality and The Rabinovich Foundation. Altabeb creates for dance departments in Israeli high schools and teaches composition and repertoire workshops for dance students and professional dancers in Israel and abroad.

Dancing with (Zoom class series) with Tommy Noonan & Murielle Elizéon

September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm EST ONLINE

Price: FREE

We are thrilled to continue the They Are All/Dancing With Project via Zoom! Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join Dancing With classes on Zoom, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Fill out the Dancing With Zoom class registration form by clicking here. After filling out the registration form, you will be provided links and instructions for accessing Zoom classes.
  2. Download Zoom to your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here for more information on Zoom.
  3. At the time of class, click on the link provided to launch Zoom on your device. A host will let you in.
  4. Enjoy a LIVE virtual class with Tommy and Murielle!

REGISTER FOR “DANCING WITH” ZOOM CLASSES

This free workshop series will use mindful movement, dance and imagery to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity.

The fall class series follows the 2019 creation of the ADF-commissioned performance They Are All (read press here), and is an integrated part of a unique 3-year project led by choreographers Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon in collaboration with a diverse group of dancers living with and without Parkinson’s, dance educators, Physical Therapists and Neuroscientists. The goal is to seed new perspectives on the positive effects of creative, mindful movement for those living with Parkinson’s, and to lay the groundwork for a future formal research project. Find out more at movingthrough.live.

The They Are All/Dancing With Project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support is provided by RTI International.

 
 

2020 parkinson’s movement initiative (PMI) online

click for information about pmi online

JOIN PMI FOR WEEKLY CLASSES ON ZOOM THIS FALL!

We are thrilled to offer weekly dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s classes each week via Zoom September 13 – December 11. No classes will be held November 23 – 29. Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join PMI Zoom classes, please click the link below:

REGISTER Online FOR Parkinson’s Movement Initiative ZOOM CLASSES

Additionally, while we have paused our in-person studio classes in the face of COVID-19, PMI has built an online catalogue of videos for you to continue your practice at home.  Check out our YouTube channel for videos ranging in length from 3-25 minutes with your favorite Parkinson’s Movement Initiative instructors. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can find it again easily!


Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

Mondays, 2:00-3:15pm EST
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15pm EST

Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!  
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: 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.


Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

Fridays, 3:00-4:00pm EST
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm EST

NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create 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. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.

American Dance Festival is proud to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through this support, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

Additional support is provided by RTI International, the Lyna J. Rogers Fund of Triangle Community Foundation in memory of Betty Y. Powell, and individual donors.

     

El Festival de Baile Americano se siente orgulloso de ofrecer clases de la iniciativa del movimiento Parkinsons es asociación con NC Baile por Parkinsons y Soluciones de Bienestar Poe. Las clases estan soporatadas por una subvención de la Fundación de Parkinson’s. Tras los fondos, todas las clases ofrecida por la iniciative del movimiento Parkinson’s son gratis por los individuales viviendo con PD y los cuidadores. 


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