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 ClassES

Stretch Floor Barre with Andrea Bains and MIChael Dailey

January 12-March 9, 2021 (No Class February 23) – 8 class series
March 16-May 4, 2021 – 8 class series

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm EST ONLINE

$60 for full 8 class series
$10 to drop in 

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.


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

January 17-May 16, 2021 (No class April 4)
June 6-27, 2021
July 18-August 15, 2021

Sundays, 1:00PM-2:15pm EST ONLINE

Tuition: $10 Drop-in

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*



Series of 6 classes:

March 7, 14, 21, 28, (no class April 4), April 11, 18, 2021
Sundays, 10:30AM-12:00PM EST ONLINE

Tuition: $50 for full series of 6

This workshop series 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.  In this series of 6 meetings, we will be able to dig deeply inside each of the participant materials and its emotional sources. We will focus on fantasy – what are our deeper fantasies that help us improve our present? The physical research will focus on leaning. 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. We will work individually, in couples, and as a group. This class will be held on Zoom and you will receive a class link from ADF (not from MindBody) via email prior to class start. Advance registration recommended.

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.

REGISTER ONLINE for mini lab with Dafi

Movement and Sound Improvisation into CHoreography WITH Janis Brenner

Series of 4 classes:

March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 2021
Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM EST ONLINE

$10 to drop in OR
$35 for full series of 4

These classes are open to all who improvise, teach, choreograph and/or perform as dancers, musicians, singers, actors, or interdisci­plinary artists. Students will be guided to explore the process of integrating movement, music, voice, and speak­ing by delving into the mind/body con­nection, sensations, and experiences through structured impro­visation. We’ll be involved in “Serious Play!” exploring the influences of art forms on one another and creating a holistic approach to our artistic selves. These workshops are a synthesis of Janis’s many years working with such artists as Meredith Monk, Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais, and the development of her own unique teaching, performing and choreographic aesthetic over the last four decades. 

Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher/collagist and Artis­tic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry,” she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer.” Awards include the 2019 Critics’ Award and 2018 “Best Production” Award for Inheritance: A Litany at the United Solo Theatre Festival Off-Broadway, NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for performance in Meredith Monk’s work, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., Copperfoot Award for Lost, Found, Lost at Wayne State, Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, Asian Cultural Council, Trust for Mutual Understanding, O’Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, US Embassies in Moscow, Bosnia, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Brenner’s work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide, and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensem­ble from 1990 to 2005, 2014, recording on ECM Records. She was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Com­pany working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quar­tet, Joe Papp/The Public Theater, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009, mentoring the Dance Division’s Choreographers and Composers Collaboration project. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the US, Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989.


how to enroll online for classes


  • 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. 
  • We hope you join our learning community and reap the rewards of full participation!

Register Online on ADF’s MindBody Online Platform

ADF’s MindBody Online REGISTRATION Platform

  • 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).

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2021 online workshops & masterclasses

Connecting with balance with emily kent

Saturday, January 9, 2021
10:30AM-11:30aM EST ONLINE

Second Tuesday of the month through May 2021:
February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11

Price: $10 per class

Pilobolus is a dance company that was founded fifty years ago by non-dancers who made art by exploring new ways of moving together. The company is now an American cultural Institution. The company was founded on the idea that everyone can dance, connect with their body, and access creativity through movement.

Connecting with Balance is a progressive exercise program based on a half century of developing techniques that create opportunities to investigate your body and its relationship to gravity. The company’s approach provides guidance that allows participants to progress at their own pace through the 9 classes.  Join us now for a special preview of this series.

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Emily Milam Kent graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a BSEd in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. She began working with Pilobolus in 1999 working first as a dancer and collaborator and then Teaching Artist.   She has created original works for high school and university dance companies for Pilobolus and as an individual artist. She has set classic Pilobolus repertoire on high school and university students; she and her partner Matt Kent, were the first to have the process notated by a Laban Notator. During her career with Pilobolus she has created new programs to share the Pilobolus Method to people of all ages and abilities to people around the country: Pilobolus @ Play, the flagship touring education residency, Connecting with Balance, a progressive program for the aging population, The Pilobolus Teaching Manual, to share our techniques with teachers. She spends her days teaching and training teachers to bring Pilobolus’s ideals of collaboration and improvisation to young and old.   

REGISTER ONLINE for Connecting with Balance

Flamenco Pa’ Todos (Flamenco For Everyone) with Elisabet Torras

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Price: $10
Advance registration recommended.

Clap your hands! Stomp your feet! Shout out an Ole! Express your passion, creativity and imagination through the rich art of flamenco. This form of music, song and dance has deep roots in Northern African, Jewish, Latin American, Spanish and Gitano cultures and people from all walks of life can embody the strength and emotion flamenco has to offer. This dance-focused workshop will include flamenco techniques, rhythms and movement as well as special focus on the elements of flamenco such as history, music and more. Join us, flamenco is for everyone!

Elisabet Torras (Dancer) born and raised in Barcelona, earned her B.A. in Spanish Dance/Flamenco from the Conservatory of Dance and Theater continuing her studies in Madrid. Her training is based on Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera, Spanish Folklore, The Emma Maleras Castanet Method, Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Elisabet has toured Europe and Asia with Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance and Zarzuela companies. Since 2013 Elisabet has been performing across the USA as a solo artist and with NY based Flamenco companies such as A Palo Seco, American Bolero Dance Company, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca and Latin Grammy Award Winner Hernan Romero. She performed as solo castanet artist at Dance Heginbotham, with opera singers Anna Tonna and Larissa Martinez and with classical orchestras. In 2016 she was a special guest for the 31st Annual Gala of Zarzuelas at Carnegie Hall. Elisabet has taught Spanish Dance in Madrid, Barcelona and at Moscow’s Flamenqueria – a Russian institute dedicated to Spanish traditions

Register Online for Flamenco Pa’ Todos

Forsythe-inspired improv Technologies with Elizabeth Corbett

Saturday, January 30, 2021
12:00pM-1:45PM EST ONLINE

Price: $10

William Forsythe’s vision has opened new dialogues in dance. As artistic director of an extraordinary collection of dance artists, Forsythe, Ballet Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company have blazed a trail for contemporary dance for more than 20 years. One of his evolving projects was the codification of Laban-based (among other), real-time movement analysis systems called Improvisation Technologies. These concepts and methodologies are employed by the dancers not only to generate set phrases of movement but also as a tool for performed improvisation.
Under the direction of longtime Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett, you are invited to explore some of Forsythe’s improvisation technologies, ideas, and concepts.  Inspired by William Forsythe’s creative processes, this class will connect through a short warm-up flow and a series of spatial progressions.

Elizabeth Corbett began teaching Forsythe studies and ballet for the ADF in the summer of 2006. She received her early dance training in Rochester NY, before graduation from the National Academy of Arts. Corbett danced with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet before moving to Europe to become a founding member of William Forsythe’s Frankfurt company, where she danced for ten years. Ms. Corbett has taught Forsythe studies for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s school, PARTS, and for the American Dance Festival for ten years, and taught internationally for ImPulsTanz, Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, Rosas, ADF Asia, Istanbul International Dance Festival, Culberg Ballet, and Dance Ireland among others. Corbett has been a guest teaching artist for International Dance Dialogues/Movement Research and received a Rosenberg Distinguished Artist award from Towson University. Corbett has also been a guest teacher at UARTS Philadelphia, Mercyhurst, Duke, Hollins, and Bucknell Universities. A Hollins Fellowship recipient, Corbett teaches and choreographs in a non-profit locally in Memphis for the New Ballet Ensemble, and has recently received her MFA from Hollins University.

REGISTER ONLINE for Elizabeth Corbett Workshop

Online Gathering for Educators

Last Sunday of each Month, January – May 2021
6:30PM-7:30pm EST ONLINE

Price: FREE

Hosted by ADF, led by Participants

Join other dance educators from all sectors in a monthly online discussion and exchange of ideas, experiences, and resources through an ADF hosted platform. This monthly gathering will be led and facilitated by the participants, so bring your ideas for conversation and sharing to the group! Connect and build a community of support amongst fellow educators, share what is and isn’t working for you during this unique time in education, and generate new ideas for moving forward.

Each gathering is set-up to meet for one hour. This time is flexible and participants will decide as a group when to end the meeting.

5/23/2021 (held one Sunday earlier due to the Memorial Day weekend)


*Sign-up for each month is separate.

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

February 25-April 15, 2021 (8 classes)
Thursdays, 10:00am-11:30Am 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!


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

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.


2020-2021 parkinson’s movement initiative (PMI) online

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We are thrilled to offer weekly dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s classes each week via Zoom.

  • Fall Term 2020:  September 13-December 11 (No classes November 23-29)
  • Winter Term 2021:  January 11-February 28
    • **no classes in March**
  • Spring Term 2021:  April 5-May 16

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, 3:00-4:15pm 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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