Application, Audition Requirements, & Fees




Summer 2018 tuition includes the cost of all classes, tickets to Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center performances during the three weeks, and extra curricular activities.               

 Application Fee   $40  
 Tuition   $1,650   
 Housing and Meals   $1,595*  Double A/C dorm room + 3 meals per day 
 Dorm Damage & Key Deposit   $175*   Required for dorm residents
 Commuter Lunch Meal Plan   $275*  Required for all commuters, covers 1 lunch meal 7 days per week
 Student Health Center Fee   $70  
 Wire Transfer Fee  $50   For international students who require bank to bank wire transfers 
 Withdrawal Fee  $40  
 Visa Fee  $125  
 Returned Check Fee  $30  

*These fees are estimates. Finalized amounts will be confirmed in early Spring.

Please note:

  • The application fee and tuition are required fees. All dorm residents must purchase the Housing and Meals fee, and Commuter students are required to purchase the Commuter Lunch Meal Plan. Certain fees will be required depending on student’s location as well as housing and personal preferences.           
  • Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 11, 2018.
  • All housing and meal plan prices are approximate and subject to minor revision, pending notice from Duke University.

Application Requirements

  1. Fill out an online application form
  2. $40 non-refundable application fee (not credited toward tuition)
  3. Demonstration of dance skill level via live or video audition*
  4. Personal Statement via video audition*
  5. Instructor Assessment Form

Students will not be assessed for admission until all application requirements are received by the ADF office. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

*Students that were previously accepted into and/or have attended the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive may submit a shorter video audition for both the demonstration of dance skill and their personal statement, and should contact us at to confirm further instructions prior to applying.

AUDITION, personal statement & Instructor Assessment REQUIREMENTS

There is no benefit to attending an ADF audition class live versus submitting a video. All students will be considered equally, and both live classes and video submissions require students to demonstrate modern technique, ballet technique (or another form of their choice), and creativity and performance (via performance of a 1-minute self-choreographed solo or improvisation).  

Live Auditions & Requirements: See next tab for details

All students must attend either a live audition or submit a video dance audition for dance skill level assessment. In addition, all other application steps must be completed, regardless of attending a live audition or submitting a video audition.

dance Audition video Requirements

For students submitting a video dance audition:

  • Technique: For the technique portion, note that you do not need to repeat exercises multiple times. Avoiding unnecessary repetition will allow you to show us more aspects of your dancing!
    • It should include:
      • Up to 2 minutes of modern or contemporary technique, and
      • Up to 2 minutes of any other dance technique or style that you do regularly.
      • When demonstrating each of your selected dance techniques: Remember that each dance technique has different values and skills. Please be sure to demonstrate the physical and artistic values of the specific technique or style you choose. Your dancing should reflect the technique depth, complexity, and range. We encourage you to perform exercises/phrases that feature your ability to move with musicality or rhythmic sensitivity, that show the physical coordination necessary for the technique, and that involve moving in place and through space.  
  • Creative work:
    • It should include:
      • 1 minute of improvisation or performance of something you choreographed. This section MUST be self-choreographed or improvised. Performance of another artist’s work is not permitted. Please indicate whether you are improvising or performing your choreography.  
  • How to submit a video audition:
    • Online links must be emailed to Please list your video as unlisted or public, if not passwords must be provided for private links.
    • DVDs must be mailed to: ADF School, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708
    • Please label the DVD or online link clearly with the student’s name and ADF program.
    • ADF will only accept 1 DVD or 1 video link per person.
    • Applicant should be the only person in the video, please do not send videos of applicant in a class or performance with other dancers.


All students must submit a personal statement via video submission (regardless of attending a live audition or submitting a video for the dance portion). The first priority for us is the we hear your voice and your ideas.

  • Please answer each of the following questions in your video:
    • What is most exciting to you about dancing and why do you want to come to the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive?
    • What are the three most important personal habits and attitudes that you believe are necessary to create a team that you want to belong to?
    • What’s a goal that you want to accomplish during your time at ADF? Be specific! For instance, instead of saying that you want to become a better dancer, identify what you believe will contribute to making you a better dancer. It could be: working on your ability to improvise; learning from other dancers by watching them in class; taking the risk to dance full out even when you aren’t sure of all the steps; or many, many other things!
  • How to submit a video for your personal statement:
    • Online links must be emailed to Please list your video as unlisted or public, if not passwords must be provided for private links.
    • DVDs must be mailed to: ADF School, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708
    • Please label the DVD or online link clearly with the student’s name and ADF program.
    • ADF will only accept 1 DVD or 1 video link per person for a personal statement. If you are also submitting a dance audition via video, the personal statement should be included on the same DVD or video link.
    • Applicant should be the only person in the video.

ADF is not responsible for mail/email that is delayed or lost in transit. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the ADF office to verify receipt of application materials and/or scholarship materials at least 2 weeks prior to deadlines.


A current dance teacher must fill out the Instructor Assessment form. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the assessment is submitted for a complete application package.

Instructor Assessment Form 2018

live dance auditions & REQUIREMENTS


Time: 1:00-7:00pm
*Scholarship Auditions at Alabama Dance Festival. Only open to Alabama Dance Festival participants.
Please note: There is a separate ADF masterclass at this Festival on Saturday, January 20th from 11:00am-12:30pm.

Time: 2:30-5:00pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
Travel Info

Time: 7:00am-5:00pm
*Scholarship Auditions at the National High School Dance Festival. Only open to National High School Dance Festival participants.
Please note: There is a separate ADF masterclass at this Festival on Saturday, March 3 from 3:30-4:50pm.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Address: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Peacock Foundation Studio, located inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House
Travel Info

Time: 2:30-5:00pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
Travel Info


For students attending a live audition only:

  • Students must submit an online application form for the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive and pay the $40 application fee before the audition. ADF HIGHLY ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE AUDITION
  • Please arrive early! Check in will usually begin approximately 30 minutes before the audition. Students will be given an audition number.
  • The audition class will not include a thorough warm-up; students should come prepared to move from the start of class.  
  • The audition class will include exercises in:
    • modern technique;
    • the student’s choice of technique – students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate a preferred technique in groups (bring applicable footwear, tap shoes not permitted due to floor restrictions);
    • and team-based creative problem-solving. 
  • Following this portion of the class, students will be asked to perform a one-minute solo. The solo can be choreographed by the student or improvised. A stereo with an mp3 hookup will be provided.  
  • Following the solos, there will be an information session about the ADF School where students and parents/guardians can ask questions and find out more details about the Intensive!
  • Note: Portions of class will be filmed to allow us to refer back to when making final acceptance decisions, including some of the technique exercises and your one-minute solo. 

APPlication deadlines & important dates

Application Deadlines

   Application Date Notification Date
Application Deadline #1
(early decision)
March 1 March 16
Application Deadline #2
April 1 April 16
Application Deadline #3
May 11 May 15


March 1  Scholarship application deadline #1 (early decision)
March 16  Scholarship awards announced via email
April 1  Scholarship application deadline #2
April 16  Scholarship awards announced via email  
May 11  Final application date
May 15  All payments and forms (medical, dorms, etc due. Personal checks no longer accepted after this date.
May 15  Last date to withdraw and receive a refund, less the $300 deposit, $40 application fee, and a $40 withdrawal fee.
June 30  Arrive at ADF!
July 21  Student performance for ADF community and your families! Depart ADF.


HEALTH insurance

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


For basic health needs that can be taken care of in a clinic, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the outpatient services on campus. Examples of services provided include medical care for illnesses and minor injuries, medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems, and basic laboratory services. This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 

Payment Instructions

  • ADF accepts the following forms of payment:
    • All major credit/debit cards
    • Personal checks
    • Bank check, certified check, or cashier check
    • Money order
  • Checks should be made out to “ADF” or “American Dance Festival” and mailed to ADF School, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708.
  • Within 15 days of program acceptance, a non-refundable $300 tuition deposit is due (part of the overall tuition cost).
  • All student accounts must be paid in full by the May 1st deadline. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date. 
  • Payment after the deadline requires special arrangements with the ADF School office.



 (Accepted students)

  • Summer 2018:
    • May 15, 2018: All paid tuition (less the $300 deposit), dorm room fees, and meal plan fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before this date.
    • May 16–June 30, 2018: Tuition (less the $300 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed note from a doctor is required. Dorm room fees and meal plan will be refunded in full.
    • After June 30, 2018: Tuition and meal plans will not be refunded for any reason. Prorated dorm room fees will be refunded by December 2018 if a student leaves the festival early, based on the date that a student’s room key is returned.
  • All withdrawals will incur a $40 withdraw fee.

Withdrawal (Students not accepted into the program)

  • Students not accepted into the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive will be refunded all tuition, dorm, meal, and any additional fees paid towards the program. The only non-refundable fee for students not accepted is the $40 application fee. 
  • Refunds for students not accepted into the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive will be issued within two weeks of admittance notification. 

Refund Issue Dates

  • Summer 2018: ADF refunds for accepted/enrolled students will be issued no earlier than July 15, 2018. Duke refunds for dorm damage and key deposits will be refunded by December 2018, after the ADF receives final billing from Duke University.


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 visa to attend ADF. Pre-Professional Dance Intensive international students who need a visa to attend ADF should email 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.

The ADF and Duke University offer equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.