Schedule & Dancing at ADF

At ADF, there are more classes, performances, discussions, and opportunities to create and perform than anyone can take advantage of! To make your summer rich, meaningful, and manageable, we encourage you to identify your priorities for your time at ADF and allow the festival to serve them. Learn more about the key features of the ADF experience below!  

Festival Focus

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.


Auditions will be held during the first two days of the festival for audition-based classes. For anyone not auditioning, there will be a range of open classes with ADF faculty to experience. Final registration for classes will occur on Sunday, June 17, allowing dancers who auditioned to register for their third class based on audition results.  
Orientation, informal gatherings, auditions for additional performance opportunities, and performances will also occur on the opening days of the festival.


Everyone takes three courses of their choosing that meet four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) for the entirety of the summer. You can register for all courses that don’t require an audition before you arrive at the festival so you know your daily schedule in advance.  


ADF aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the field by providing opportunities for you to propose, develop, and lead classes and discussions. In addition, ADF provides focused mentorship for student choreographers.  


There are many ways to perform at ADF: the Footprints program, repertory classes, the faculty concert, the ICR concert, and the student concert. Once you apply, you’ll receive a full description on each of these options.  


ADF has access to numerous studios, and all full-time ADF students can reserve rehearsal space to advance their personal research, technical practice, or creative work.  


The ADF performance season features the established greats and the cutting edge in modern dance. You’ll receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center.  (Tickets to shows in other performance venues depends on availability.)  Confirmed companies for 2018 include Abraham.In.Motion, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Pilobolus.


Physical Therapy: All ADF dancers have access to a Duke University physical therapist walk-in triage clinic for the duration of the festival, free of charge.  
Massage and Acupuncture: A resident massage therapist and acupuncturist is available to the ADF community, offering affordable care with a specialization in treatment for dancers.
Gym Access: ADF dancers have access to Duke University’s Brodie Gym, which features a pool, sauna, and full array of cardiovascular equipment and weights.   
Student Health Center: 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.

Academic Credit

Academic credit application deadline: May 31, 2018

Academic credit is available to qualified high school graduates or rising high school seniors. Duke University records undergraduate academic progress in terms of course credit. For purposes of transfer, a full course load (3 classes plus WFSS) is equivalent to a total of eight semester hours or two-course credits. Credit for work completed is subject to the approval of the student’s institution’s registrar or admissions officer. Individuals who have completed all requirements for the BA or BS degree may request advanced-level credit. Students enrolled in Duke Summer Session for academic credit may request one or more copies of their official transcript from Duke University, not ADF, upon successful completion of their coursework. A $40 transcript fee will be charged to any student who wishes to receive academic credit. This one-time fee allows students to receive academic credit for any future year that they attend ADF, along with unlimited free copies of their Duke University transcript. All students (whether applying for academic credit or not) are able to receive a certificate of attendance issued from ADF. 


ADF dancers have access to Duke University’s Lily Library, which features an enviable array of dance books, videos, and resources, including ADF archival materials.