Workshops

adf Scripps studios 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 

 

CANCELED: Hawkins-based release technique with Inlet dance theatre

Saturday, February 22, 1:30-3:00pm
**This workshop has been canceled due to low enrollment.  Apologies for the disappointment!**

This is the base technique used each morning by the company members of Inlet Dance Theatre, prior to rehearsing. Dancers consider the codified Erick Hawkins release technique to be an “old school” American modern dance technique. The Hawkins-based class includes floor work, standing center, movement across the floor and leaps. The class is most successful with intermediate to advanced level dancers.
 
Price: $15
 
**Advance registration recommended.  This class will only run if minimum enrollment is met by 12pm on Friday, Feb 21 (the day before the workshop).**
 

 

Alexander Technique in Motion: A mid-day restorative practice

January 6-February 24 (8 weeks)
Mondays 12:30 – 1:15pm

Price: $96 for full 8 class series
*This class will only run if it meets minimum enrollment. Once minimum enrollment is met, it will open for drop-in options, and regular class cards can be used to attend.
*Enrollment met, now open to drop-ins!

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 understanding postural support and reducing mind-body stresses in everyday living. You’ll gain an appreciation for ease in simple functional movements. You’ll learn how brain and body work together in unique ways for mindful standing, sitting, walking and even resting. The easercises are designed to shift your thinking from stressful reactions to becoming more present and supported. The ease and effortlessness you learn in class will restore a sense of peaceful and pleasurable embodiment. What you take home, you can practice in daily living, offering you a means of transforming stress on the go. All are welcome to join this lunch-time series at any point.

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Afro-Horton Technique with Jasmine Powell

January 6-February 24 (8 weeks)
Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

Price: $96 for full 8 class series

*This class will only run if it meets minimum enrollment. Once minimum enrollment is met, it will open for drop-in options, and regular class cards can be used to attend.
*Enrollment met, now open to drop-ins!

Drawing on traditional West African and modern-based Horton practices, dancers will activate muscle groups through codified exercises involving fast-and-slow-twitch muscle sequences present in both dynamic styles. Our focus will be incorporating grounded rhythmic syncopation along with lengthened suspensions through precision and strength. Layering sequences with body isolations, each weekly combination will foster full-bodied physicality and expression, which will explore the organic embodiment of converging dance forms.

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Community Moves – BASIC with Megan Yankee

January 7-February 25 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm

Price: $96 to enroll for full 8 class series
*This class will only run if it meets minimum enrollment. Once minimum enrollment is met, it will open for drop-in options, and regular class cards can be used to attend.
*Enrollment met, now open to drop-ins!

Community Moves: Basic is an intersectional, intergenerational modern dance class designed to unite people of all experience levels through movement (including beginners!). Students can expect exercises to be taught at a gradual, gentle pace that focuses on developmental movement patterning, balance, breathing, and simple choreography. Megan offers exercises in such a way that empowers students to individually modify movements for more or less challenge. Students are encouraged to interact, help each other create mini-dances, and celebrate their unique and shared movement experiences throughout class. In addition to focusing on precision, the class is intended to embolden new movers and provide a gentle weekly practice for more experienced movers at the same time.

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Int/Adv Contemporary Practice with Megan Yankee

January 7-February 25 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

Price: $96 for full 8 week series
*Class must meet minimum enrollment to run. Once minimum enrollment is met, class will open to drop-in options and regular class cards can be used.
*Enrollment met, now open to drop-ins!

Join Megan for a studio practice that explores and refines releasing techniques, improvisation, sequentiality, spirals, momentum, as well as off-center and upside-down play. Class begins on the floor, progresses through developmental movement patterns, then gradually rises to dynamic center and traveling phrases. Material is approached in a manner that douses competitiveness in favor of encouraging curiosity and knowledge-sharing among a supportive community of intermediate/advanced movers.

 

Silvestre Dance Technique with Tamara Williams

Saturday, May 9, 1:30-3:30pm

Silvestre Dance Technique is an intermediate modern dance form founded by Brazilian choreographer, dancer and teacher Rosangela Silvestre. This codified dance technique is used as a tool to train the body using theoretical methodologies, exploration and physicality. The technique focuses on the Body Universe and three prominent triangle spaces in the body. Metaphysical connection to the four elements of earth, fire, air and water are applied to the technical training. Silvestre Dance Technique is influenced by various movement forms including: Capoeira, yoga, Dunham, Graham, Horton, ballet, and traditional Indigenous and African-Brazilian dances as well as others.
 
Price: $15
 
**Advance registration recommended.  This class will only run if minimum enrollment is met by 12pm on Friday, Feb 21 (the day before the workshop).**


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Dancing with Parkinson’s

January 30-April 9, 2020 (no class March 26)
Thursdays 11am-1pm
Price: FREE

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: https://indyweek.com/culture/stage/adf-review-they-are-all-murielle-elizeon-tommy-noonan/), 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.

     

The They Are All/Dancing with Parkinson’s 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.