Workshops

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 March 6-April 17
12:30-1:15pm
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.

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Saturday, April 13
12-2pm

Price:  $15

This class is designed to bring the person closer to their own history. Through both improvisation and clear movement tasks, we will explore what it means to move with an autonomous sense of one’s own body while still remaining integrated in the group. Rachael’s work is based on an acknowledgement of one’s own physical and emotional history. She is most interested in guiding the person through various states that allow the body to respond instinctively rather than cognitively. 

Rachael’s work is influenced primarily through experiences with both Gaga and physical theater. Both of these methods of developing a relation with the body correlate with her own psychosomatic research. She is influenced by a desire to unlock the places in the body that are silent and give space for the body to speak honestly and without fear or shame. 

The experience of dance is a part of a larger experience of living in one’s own body. Our emotional history dictates the way our body responds to us and to others. In this class we investigate how we can use our innate desires to connect more intimately with ourselves and how to bring that into a situation with other unique bodies and histories. 


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These *free* workshops will use mindful movement, dance, and somatics 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. At the conclusion of this first workshop series, participants will be offered the opportunity to continue working with professional choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan, as well as with Duke Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist Jeff Hoder, towards the integrated development of a new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season, and the foundations for future exchanges and research on Parkinson’s Disease. 

The last 30 minutes of class will be for open discussion and sharing, light snacks available or you are welcome to bring your own!

Classes are open for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and dancers from the Triangle community that wish to have a different relationship to their movement practice and to the body.  

Price:  FREE!

Dates:  Thursdays 11am-1pm, March 14-April 25 *no class March 28* 

About the artists:
Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.

They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at www.culturemill.org


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Intro to Cunningham-Based Technique with Justin Tornow

Fridays:  April 19, 26, May 3
10am-11:30am

Open to movers of all levels, this three class series is meant for those who want to explore the technique from the ground up. Over the series, we will dive into both the physical and philosophical ideas behind the work and explore many of the set exercises utilized in a standard Cunningham class.

So that we can build on the material each week, registration for the full series is highly encouraged— 3 classes for $30! We need 6 people registered by Weds 4/17 to run the series, at which point drop-ins will be available at $15/class.

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Dancing with Parkinson’s: They Are ALL

They Are All is a workshop series leading to an original dance performance and a project centering the role of artistic movement tools in seeding the ground for new scientific research. It is a multi-generational collaboration between professional dancers, dancers living with Parkinson’s Disease, data informaticists, researchers in physical therapy, and neuroscientists.

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

Participants may simply take the classes, but are encouraged to participate fully in the research and the new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season on June 25th and 26th.

Thursdays 11am-1pm
May 2-June 6
Price: FREE

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Physical Inquiry of Balletic Forms with Shaleigh Comerford

Saturdays in May!
May 4, May 11, May 18
12:00-1:30pm
 
A series based in a variety of modalities and body practices, designed to expand one’s understanding and efficient use of the body through classical and neo classical forms. Classes are suitable for professional dancers and all who are curious for new ways to unlock their natural technique. The work in class engages us in a process that facilitates changes in the way we experience and relate to our bodies moving through an awareness of our form in space. We work with deep connections in the pelvis, freeing the upper body and spine to move with ease and expression while developing clear relationships of our body to the space around us. Modalities we will cover include applications from Eric Franklin, Lisa Harris, Irene Dowd, Anouk van Dijk, Christine Wright, William Forsythe and Andrea Olsen.
 
Price:  $15 to drop in, $30 for full series
 
 

 

Sunday, June 30
1:30-4:30pm
 
This workshop invites you to experience Pilobolus’ collaborative creative process and shadow-making techniques. The class is playful, group-driven, physically challenging, and fun. Pilobolus fans and curious minds from all walks of life will learn to access untapped areas of creativity and improve effectiveness in a group. Go “behind the screen” and work with others to create incredible composite shapes and shadow magic. 

This class is perfect for all adults with any level of movement background!
 
Price:  $50
 
 



parkinson’s movement initiative WOrkshops

These *free* workshops will use mindful movement, dance, and somatics 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. At the conclusion of this first workshop series, participants will be offered the opportunity to continue working with professional choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan, as well as with Duke Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist Jeff Hoder, towards the integrated development of a new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season, and the foundations for future exchanges and research on Parkinson’s Disease. 

The last 30 minutes of class will be for open discussion and sharing, light snacks available or you are welcome to bring your own!

Classes are open for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and dancers from the Triangle community that wish to have a different relationship to their movement practice and to the body.  

Price:  FREE!

Dates:  Thursdays 11am-1pm, March 14-April 25 *no class March 28* 

About the artists:
Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.

They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at www.culturemill.org


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Please also check out the rest of our regular class listings HERE.

 

 

 

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.