Housing, Travel, & Meals

Carving out time and traveling from all over the world to North Carolina can be a big undertaking. We strive to provide resources and amenities that will make the ADF experience enjoyable and safe, assisting each student and their unique situation to our best ability. ADF students have a range of housing and meal options at Duke University and in the immediate Durham area. Both ADF and Duke have designed services to provide ease in the day-to-day festival experience. This allows students to focus on the most important thing… DANCING! 


DPW students have the option of staying in an air-conditioned dorm room on Duke University’s East Campus or may choose to stay in a nearby hotel. 

Dorm Rooms

Duke University offers a limited number of dormitory rooms on Duke University’s East Campus for ADF participants. Dorms are secured buildings and the most convenient of all housing options. DPW participants will have the option of living in a single or double air-conditioned room. Dorms come equipped with a bed  (42″ high off ground, extra long twin), dresser, desk, bookshelf, chair, and closet. All residents in the dorms will share bathrooms, kitchens, and common rooms with other ADF participants. Students over the age of 18 will be in a separate dorm from students under the age of 18. Please note: all dorm residents are required to purchase DPW Dining Points.

Please note that bedding and linens are not provided. DPW participants have the option of renting a linen pack for their time at ADF. Linen rentals include 1 flat sheet (twin), 1 fitted sheet (twin), 1 pillow and 1 pillowcase, 1 blanket, 4 towels and 4 washcloths. The linen rental may only be used in Duke University dormitories. 


Click here for information regarding the official ADF season hotel and car rental company, which provides discounts to festival participants. 

Click here for information regarding local hotels. 


Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace will provide on-campus food service for ADF participants. The cafeteria features an all-you-can-eat style buffet, with a focus on healthy options such as a full salad bar, grill items, and rotating entrees from around the world. The wide variety of food offered ensures that students with allergies or food restrictions have adequate options for their meals. The East Union also features the Trinity Cafe, open for select hours during the summer and serving coffee shop-style food and beverage items. 


Dining Points are required for any participant living in the dorm. DPW Dining points begin at a 100-point minimum per week, with the option to purchase additional points. 1 point = $1. Dining points are a declining cash balance, which allows participants to eat on a pay-per-meal basis at select campus dining facilities. There are no refunds for unused points. After June 15, dining points cannot be cancelled, refunded, or transferred. 


All students and visitors have the option to eat in the East Campus Union Marketplace on a pay-per-meal basis.

rates for Summer 2018 to be posted online December 2017!

2017 rates
Breakfast: $11.90
Lunch: $15.60
Dinner: $16.95

Debit/credit cards and cash will be accepted at the Marketplace. There is a Wells Fargo ATM in the building.

A note about food tax at Duke University: All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%. Anyone who purchases meals using cash will be taxed in addition to the per-meal cost. 

Off Campus

A Whole Foods grocery store is located directly across the street from East Campus, with an extensive salad/hot bar and to-go section. 9th Street, approximately 2 blocks from East Campus, features a number of cafes and restaurants. Downtown Durham also features an extensive array of restaurants and dining options. 

Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Kroger grocery stores are also located near campus, although some are not within walking distance. 


Health Insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. This must be provided before arrival. Students will not be allowed to take class until the ADF School office had their insurance information on file – no exceptions!


Participants will have access to a Duke University physical therapist walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival. The physical therapy clinic is conveniently located in the same building as the ADF offices, and is available to all ADF participants free of charge. Physical Therapy is usually open for a limited number of hours, three days a week. 


A resident massage therapist and acupuncturist will be available to the ADF community, offering affordable care with a specialization in treatment for dancers. 


Tickets to ADF Performance Series

An essential component of the student experience during the summer is the opportunity to see an exciting array of programs featuring companies representing both the established greats and the cutting edge in modern dance. DPW students receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center ADF performance series during their week at ADF. 

Personal rehearsals and making work

ADF encourages students to take advantage of the creative energy, faculty mentors, and available resources of the festival while in residence. Students will have access to studio spaces, portable stereos, and a limited costume shop. ADF provides a range of opportunities for students to make and show their own work in a variety of classroom, informal, and formal settings.


Arrival and departure: DPW Workshop for educators

At the start of the week, check-in will take place in the morning at ADF’s Summer Office on Duke University’s East Campus. An orientation and social gathering will take place in the early evening before the performance that night. 

Participants should plan to depart either that following Sunday evening or Monday morning. 

Arrival and departure: DPW workshops (Other)

Participants should check in by 12 noon on the Sunday of their selected week, and depart by the evening on the following Sunday. If the participant is staying in the dorms they will need to check out by 11am on the last Sunday of their selected week.  

*Late arrival/early departure: It is not recommended to arrive late or depart the festival early, however, it will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Fees will not be pro-rated if a student misses days during the workshop. Please contact the school office if a student will be arriving late or departing early.

Traveling to ADF

Map of Duke University’s campus and studios (2 pages, please scroll down).

By Car: To be updated once the Summer 2018 ADF office is determined!

By Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University.

By Bus: Greyhound buses arrive and depart from the station located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. 

By Train: There is an Amtrak station located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St in Downtown Durham. 

Shuttle Service: Charlene’s Safe Ride is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to and from the airport and around Durham. 

Parking on campus

For DPW participants who wish to bring a car to campus, daily parking passes can be purchased from the ADF receptionist. Parking rates are $3 per day. Parking passes are only needed Monday–Friday.

International students

The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the ADF School. International students enhance the ADF community and contribute to the education and personal growth of fellow students and faculty. Over the years, ADF has hosted students from many countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Trinidad, to name just a few. 

ADF can provide limited support for obtaining a J-1 visa to attend ADF. International students who need a visa to attend ADF should email school@americandancefestival.org EARLY so that the visa is obtained in a timely manner. Visa appointments may need to be booked as early as three months in advance of the festival.