Application & Fees


6WS students are assigned a class registration number based on the date their application is received by the school office. Students will register for classes in numerical order. Applying early and receiving a low registration number increases the chance of getting into desired classes; many popular 6WS classes fill to capacity early in the registration period.

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April 1: Deadline for scholarship application materials
April 17: Scholarship awards announced via email
May 1: All payments and forms due (medical, dorms, etc). Personal checks will no longer be accepted after this date. 
May 15: Last date to withdraw and receive a refund, less the $300 nonrefundable deposit, $40 application fee, and a $40 withdrawal fee.
June 1: Academic credit application due. 
June 15: Arrive at ADF
June 15–21: Preview week
July 15: Refunds issued
July 29: Last day of ADF classes
July 30: Depart ADF (no classes held)

Application checklist & How to apply

  1. Fill out an online application form.
  2. Submit a $40 non-refundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).

  3. Submit a résumé of your dance training, education, and professional experience, via:

If applying for financial assistance, please see the specific instructions on the 6WS scholarship page for additional submission materials required. 

The ADF does not require an audition to enroll in the 6WS (unless the student is auditioning for a tuition scholarship). 

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 at least 2 weeks prior to deadlines. Photos of documents will not be accepted.

Payment Instructions

  • ADF accepts the following forms of payment:
    • All major credit/debit cards
    • Personal checks (only accepted until May 1)
    • 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
  • Upon acceptance to the ADF, students will be mailed a statement of charges along with an information packet.
  • Within 21 days of this acceptance, a non-refundable $300 tuition deposit is due (part of the overall tuition cost).
  • All student accounts must be paid in full by May 1, 2017. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date. 
  • Payment after May 1, 2017 requires special arrangements with the ADF School office.


please note that any payments made in person, over the phone, or by check may not appear in your ADF online account. scholarships may also not show up in all online accounts. please call or email the adf office for updated account information before making a payment. 



  • May 15, 2017: 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 15, 2017: 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 15, 2017: tuition and meal plans will not be refunded for any reason. Prorated dorm room fees will be refunded by December 2017 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. 

Refund Issue Dates

  • ADF refunds will be issued no earlier than July 15, 2017. Duke refunds for dorm damage and key deposits will be refunded by December 2017, after ADF receives final billing from Duke University.


 Application Fee  $40   
 Tuition Full-time  $2,090   
 Tuition Part-time 1 Class  $750   
 Tuition Part-time 2 Classes   $1,500   
 Single A/C Dorm  $1,955  
 Double A/C Dorm  $1,550  
 Dorm Damage & Key Deposit  $175  Required if living in the dorms
 6WS Meal Plan  $1,350  6WS Meal Plan or Dining Points required for dorm residents
 6WS Dining Points  $100 per week (minimum) 6WS Meal Plan or Dining Points required for dorm residents
 Student Health Center Fee  $136  
 East Campus Parking Fee  $32  
 Flex Account  Any Amount   Payable upon arrival at ADF
 Transcript Fee  $40  First time academic credit applicants only (June 1 deadline)
 Visa Fee  $125   For international students who require visa assistance
 Wire Transfer Fee  $50   For international students who require bank to bank wire transfer
 Withdrawal Fee  $40   
 Returned Check Fee  $30  


The application fee and tuition are the only required fees. All other fees listed above are optional. Certain fees will be required depending on student’s housing preferences.      

Please note:

  •  Dorms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 1, 2017
  • All housing and meal plan prices are approximate and subject to minor revision, pending notice from Duke University.

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