ADF School Overview

ADF school programs

Each year, over 400 dance students and artists from around the world converge on the campus of Duke University to discover the endless possibilities at the ADF School. Under the direction of Leah Cox (Dean of the ADF School), the school hosts its core summer programs of the Summer Dance Intensive, the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, and the Dance Professional Workshops in Durham, NC. Since 2017, ADF and DANCECleveland have partnered together to offer a 5-day Summer Dance Workshop in Cleveland, OH.

During the winter, students can study intensively with ADF’s outstanding roster of teachers in NYC at the New York City Winter Intensive

the adf school is… 

a training site for those who want to perform, create, research, and build lifelong connections. For over eight decades, it has been a career-defining destination for dancers around the world.  ADF provides the critical meeting ground for vibrant, diverse dancing bodies to mobilize, align, and become the leaders our society needs us to be. It is an indispensable educational force in the contemporary dance landscape by offering an innovative curriculum and presenting best pedagogical practices. In all of its programs, it seeks to foster community-mindedness, ethical leadership, and respect for difference. 
 

About the american dance festival, durham, and Duke University

Durham remains a magnet for young dance artists from around the world… and a place where important connections are forged. –The New York Times, May 2012

The American Dance Festival is now held for five and a half weeks each summer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, with choreographers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. Through its school and performance season, ADF serves professional and pre-professional choreographers and dancers from around the world. 

The studios and student dormitories are spread across the Georgian-style Duke University campus as well as downtown Durham. Performances by visiting dance companies occur at Reynolds Industries Theater, Page Auditorium, and von der Heyden Studio Theater at Duke and in the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham. ADF students are able to use Duke facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, bookstores, libraries, and computer labs. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau states, “Durham is a colorful, creative, and entrepreneurial community that continuously earns accolades as one of the best places in the world to visit, live, and do business. With nationally acclaimed restaurants, shopping, historical sites, and myriad other things to do, Durham is the place where great things happen.”