Summer Dance Intensive

June 13–July 20, 2019
Ages 18+

REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL IN A COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE ARTISTS.
The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is a life-changing experience: Clarifying. Challenging. Confidence-building. Career-launching. At ADF, we believe in dance’s many expressions and provide you with opportunities to delve into them intensely. In SDI, you design your own curriculum to reflect your passions and create the community that will support you on your journey. What drives you to dance? Dive into it here.  

CREATE YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE.
Four days a week for five weeks, you’ll take three core classes of your choosing. The remaining three days a week, you’ll take as many classes as you like, choosing from a full schedule of movement classes, discussions, and reading groups. In the evenings, you’ll attend late night jams, discussions, and performances by an international roster of professional companies/artists. If you’re a maker, you can create and present your work. If you’re a performer, you can audition for Footprints (ADF’s signature performance opportunity), enroll in repertory classes, or perform in student works. Throughout it all, you’ll build invaluable relationships and establish a network of lifelong connections. 

WHAT IS SOLIDARITY?
Each year, ADF chooses a critical lens that allows us to situate our dancing within concerns that are relevant to today’s world. In 2019, the intensive will consider the question: How does dance create solidarity? What do we learn about ourselves, our world, and our art form by exploring solidarity through dance? 

GET ACADEMIC CREDIT!
Let your summer dancing count towards your degree! You can receive up to 2 course credits by taking the Summer Dance Intensive for academic credit. Find out more here!

Never been to ADF before? get the basics!

DEEPEN YOUR TRAINING
Take core classes in contemporary movement practices, African dance forms, ballet, creative practices, hip hop, improvisation, repertory, and more. Many courses fluidly synthesize a range of skills, value systems, and processes to better prepare you for the professional dance world.

EXPAND YOUR RANGE
Drop-in classes, masterclasses with performing companies, and workshops allow you to add complexity to your regular schedule and experience different teachers.

BECOME A LEADER
The leaders in dance today can speak knowledgeably about the issues facing us as artists and citizens. Discussions, panels, and community gatherings allow us to talk about the work we’re doing and the issues that matter to us.

PERFORM AND CREATE
Performance opportunities include the Footprints program, repertory classes, International Choreographers in Residence concert, and student concerts. Footprints choreographers for 2019 are Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and Paul Taylor. Repertory offerings in the past have included learning works by Shen Wei and Ronald K. Brown and more to be announced. Mark Dendy will create a new work on students as well as have repertory opportunities with other faculty. Student concerts give you a platform for your own work.

SEE PERFORMANCES
You’ll see as many as three performances a week at the festival! 2019 artists include Eiko Otake, Cloud Gate 2, and Paul Taylor Dance Company with many more to be announced.

BUILD YOUR FUTURE
ADF helped launch the careers of numerous alumni, including Hope Boykin, Jennifer Nugent, and Shen Wei. ADF can be that same experience for you, too!  From the faculty you’ll work with each day to the masterclasses with season artists to the auditions for professional companies that occur throughout the summer, ADF is a place to connect with the dance world and expand your abilities.  Equally important are the connections you’ll make with your peers. These artists, like you, are the future of the form.


WHAT FORMER STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE ADF SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE: 

“ADF is more than a dance intensive. It’s a fully immersive community of movers and makers refining and redefining what dance means to each of us.” – Elliot Emadian, 2018 student

“ADF has challenged my conceptions of dance as an art form, and has allowed me to become part of an internationally inclusive community for which I am eternally grateful.”–Ashima Fillbach, 2018 student

“ADF encourages diversity and builds a community with dancers of all genders, races, and cultures.”–Carlos Solano, 2018 student