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:


Seasonal  Employment:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to American Dance Festival, PO Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708, or e-mail to adf@americandancefestival.org. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by February 3, 2017, with the exception of dorm counselor positions. ADF will accept dorm counselor applications until all of the positions have been filled. 

All ADF Summer Staff positions are contingent upon passing a criminal background check and completing training on policies and issues relating to interactions with Minors (coordinated by Duke University), with the exception of Production Staff.

Positions marked with an asterisk (*) must provide their own transportation.


Production Positions (June – July, 2017)
Available positions for 35-plus performance schedule: Production Stage Manager, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, Sound Technician, and Costume Designer. Previous dance experience preferred.


Festival Services Coordinator (April 26 – August 2, 2017) *
The Festival Services Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on meals, housing, and events for students and faculty in the Six Week School, Three Week School, and Dance Professionals Workshop. 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 School Administration Coordinator 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.

Student Coordinator (April 17 – July 31, 2017) *
The Student Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on student administrative support and assisting with operations of the Three Week School (3WS), ADF’s young dancers program for students ages 13-17. Primary responsibilities are to assist and support the School Administration Coordinator with all administrative aspects of the 3WS and student services for all school programs, which include payment processing, student check-ins, orientations, class registration, academic credit, and additional administrative support as needed. This position provides key administrative support for the 3WS in the following capacities, student arrival/departure, dorm counselor and student orientations, program schedules, housing logistics, student activities, parent/guardian correspondence, classroom needs, and the final student showing/party. This position will also oversee the 6WS tuition scholarship work program. 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. This 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 with younger students a plus. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Dorm Counselors
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 Three Week School (3WS), ages 13-17. Dorm Counselors will play an integral role in the 3WS 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 3WS 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 3WS 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: July 5–30, 2017
    • 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 28–July 30, 2017
    • 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 3WS 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).

Additional requirement: Anyone applying for a dorm counselor position must also submit a letter of recommendation.


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.