The American Dance Festival is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, or race.

Year  Round  Employment:

All positions currently filled.

Seasonal  Employment:

2018 Production positions

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018 or until positions are filled.

Start Date: June 7, 2018
End Date: July 25, 2018

Available positions for 35-plus performance schedule:

· Technical Director
· Sound Technician
· Production Stage Manager
· Master Carpenter
· Master Electrician
· Costume Designer

Previous dance experience preferred. For complete details and information about internships please visit adf@americandancefestival.org.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:

American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708



Application Deadline: February 2, 2018 or until position is filled.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:

American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

No phone calls or email inquiries.




  • Must have NC acupuncture license and references
  • Must be willing to work out of Wilson Dorm on Duke’s East Campus
  • Must be willing to work with similar rates as we have had in past ($45 for students and $55 for staff/faculty for 60 min sessions)
  • Work at least or around 20 hours per week. More is great! Day times, evenings, and weekends are all possibilities. 
  • Experience with dancers is ideal

Acupuncturist can:

  • Make own hours (must work around Duke Physical Therapy hours, TBA, and work out hours with the massage therapist)
  • Use the physical therapy room in Wilson, which comes with 2 massage tables, and store supplies in the closets – usually lots of space available. 
  • 1 free ticket to performances and one drop-in class each week (WFSS or SHS Studios)

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: June 18–July 20, 2018.

To apply please send cover letter, resume, references and proof of NC license to practice to: adf@americancefestival.org.


The Festival Services Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 400 people, with a focus on meals, housing, and events for students and faculty in the Summer Dance Intensive, Pre-Professional Dance Intensive and Dance Professional Workshops. Primary responsibilities include the coordination of all housing, meal plans, ID cards, weekly bulk shopping, a large inventory of food and housing items, and additional student and faculty services. This position will report to the Co-Director of School Administration and will work closely with various ADF departments and Duke University staff. The position will plan school events and parties, which includes the coordination of in-kind donations with local businesses. The position oversees many aspects of the ADF summer offices and resolves issues regarding the offices and dorms including maintenance, cleaning, keys, furniture, etc. The position will supervise a full-time intern and work-study students. All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. The position must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a warm and pleasant demeanor, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience in hospitality or events preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: May 14–July 25, 2018. Compensation: $3,445

*These positions require the applicant to have a car at ADF.


Dorm Counselor position offers a unique opportunity to participate in the American Dance Festival and impact a young dancer’s experience in a profound way. Dorm Counselors live with and provide 24/7 supervision to approximately 40-60 students in the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, ages 13-17. Dorm Counselors will play an integral role in the student experience by providing daily schedule oversight, planning and implementing activities, accompanying students to all classes, meals, activities, and events, providing support for emotional and physical issues and behavioral assessments, and enforcing rules and taking disciplinary action when necessary. Most importantly, Dorm Counselors will be responsible for building and maintaining a positive, supportive, and welcoming environment for students with a focus on tolerance, community building, integrity, and respect—both in residential life as well as in the dance studio.

Applicants must be 21 or older and have prior experience working with students between the ages of 13-17 as a babysitter, nanny, teacher, camp counselor, or similar position. Dorm Counselors have a great deal of responsibility and ADF asks candidates interested in this position to carefully consider the magnitude of the position before applying. Dorm Counselors will be expected to work days, nights, and weekends (limited time off will be provided on a rotating basis), and will be interacting with students, staff, and parents on a daily basis. Please note that ADF implements a highly restricted cell phone policy for pre-professional dance students; therefore, Dorm Counselors will be asked to limit their phone and internet usage in front of students with the exception of ADF-related business.

Head Dorm Counselor: In addition to the duties listed above, ADF seeks a Head Dorm Counselor to act as an administrative liaison between the ADF School Office and the Dorm Counselors. The Head Dorm Counselor will oversee the Dorm Counselors, be a primary contact for parents, assist in planning and implementing daily schedules, work with ADF staff to determine and implement disciplinary action in extreme cases, will act as a primary liaison and contact person for Pre-Professional dance faculty, and be expected to take on additional duties as needed. Applicants must have prior experience in both management and working with students ages 13-17. The ideal candidate has excellent communication and organizational skills, can balance an administrative workload and daily Dorm Counselor responsibilities in a fast-paced environment, and can negotiate sensitive situations with students and parents with integrity, maturity, and composure. 

Details and compensation

  • Dorm Counselors
    • Dates of position: June 27–July 22, 2018
    • Fee: $1,100
    • Dorm Counselors will receive an air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus cafeteria.
  • Head Dorm Counselor
    • Dates of position: June 23–July 22, 2018
    • Fee: $1,600
    • Head Dorm Counselor will receive an air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus cafeteria.

In addition to the compensation listed above, all Dorm Counselors will be able to take classes with the Pre-Professional dance students, attend ADF events, and receive a complimentary ticket to each performance in the ADF season during their residence (Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center performances only).

Please note: All Dorm Counselors must pass a background check and complete online training on policies and issues relating to interactions with Minors (coordinated by Duke University).

Please submit the following application requirements (Dorm Counselors and Head Dorm Counselor)

  • Resumé with relevant Dorm Counselor experience highlighted.
  • Letter of recommendation from a reference who can speak directly about your candidacy for the Dorm Counselor position.
  • 3 references; at least one reference must have been directly involved with your previous Dorm Counselor or child care experience.

Teaching opportunities:

ADF School
As a general rule, the ADF School does not accept unsolicited teaching inquiries. We take the selection of faculty seriously and are constantly examining the dance landscape for exemplary educators. 

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
If you are interested in teaching a weekly class or a special workshop at ADF’s Studios, please send your performance/teaching resume and proposed class description to studios@americandancefestival.org. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Typically, the weekly class schedule is set several months in advance, and special workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis.