June 14–July 21, 2018
At the heart of ADF is the Summer Dance Intensive (formerly Six Week School), where dancers from around the globe come to train, create, and discover the vast possibilities of the dance world. More than a series of classes, the Summer Dance Intensive is a powerful opportunity to move, make, research, discuss, and form lifelong, career-building relationships with other dance artists. Over the course of the festival, students of all levels work each day with ADF’s diverse faculty, extraordinary musicians, and vibrant student body to create rewarding, life-changing experiences. The five-and-a-half week commitment results in the enduring, hard-won benefits that only long-term training can yield.
MAKE YOUR DANCING MATTER
The 2018 intensive focuses on examining the ways that African diasporic and Western European dance traditions operate in our training. This critical lens will allow us to situate our dancing culturally and historically and will springboard a host of community-wide events.
NEW THIS YEAR
This year we are implementing many new things to keep our programs growing and adapting to the demands of today. A few noteworthy updates:
- Class registration. Never before have you had the ability to request your dream schedule before you arrive.
- Three class periods. Now we are all in it together. Days will start and end earlier, offering more flexibility for opportunities, including special classes, student rehearsals, panel discussions, and of course, rest!
- New spaces. Duke University has just opened the Rubenstein Arts Center on West Campus. We will be able to enjoy the spaces in this brand new, beautiful building.
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 2018 are Dafi Altabeb, Jillian Peña, and Abby Zbikowski. Repertory offerings include learning works by Ronald K. Brown, Merce Cunningham, and Shen Wei as well as creating new works with faculty. Student concerts give you a platform for your own work.
You’ll see as many as three performances a week at the festival! 2018 artists include Abraham.In.Motion, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Pilobolus.
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 has been everything I’d hoped for and more! I am a completely different dancer.” – Caroline Smith, 2016 student
“ADF helped me grow so much as an artist, every day was a new challenge that I was excited to conquer.” —Taylor Flood, 2016 student
“There is no intensive like ADF! You are immersed in the experience and have so many more opportunities than imaginable. The environment is encouraging and helps you grow as an artist, dancer, and person in general.” – Lesley Johnson, 2017 student
more WAYS TO COME TO ADF
- Are you a professional artist or educator looking for a shorter intensive? Check out our Dance Professional Workshops.
- Too young for the Summer Dance Intensive? ADF’s Pre-Professional Dance Intensive program is for dancers ages 13-17.
- Dance with us in Cleveland! ADF and DANCECleveland are offering a workshop July 24-28, 2018.