International Choreographers Residency Program

2017 ICR Guillaume Pires Parada’s work for the ICR concert

The International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program invites promising choreographers to ADF for five and a half weeks and immerses them in the unique breadth and depth of the ADF environment. Since the ICRs come from such a wide variety of backgrounds, and since each has different and individual needs to be met, the program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate each participant’s individual agenda by providing an abundance of program options. ADF makes many of its resources available to the ICRs, including:

  • The ADF Summer Dance Intensive, run by an internationally-known faculty, special workshops, seminars, master classes, lectures, and discussions with visiting artists, critics, and scholars.
  • The opportunity to see performances by the masters of modern dance as well as the newest emerging talent (from the U.S. and around the world).
  • The opportunity to present work created or set on ADF students.
  • The opportunity to teach one master class in ADF’s WFSS program.
  • An archival repository containing film and video footage of ADF’s performances and special activities dating back to the 1930s — an invaluable resource chronicling the history of an art form. 

“I spend 24 hours a day thinking, taking classes, observing, and thinking about my process as a choreographer, my process as a creator—and that was the most important thing I found—to be closer with the process, to start to look for the real thing in dance.” –Raul Parrao – ICR, Mexico

The cost for this unique program is $5,500 which includes tuition, performance tickets, room, board, and health fee. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the US.

For more information about the ICR program, please contact

2017 ICR Wen-Chun Liu ‘s work for the ICR concert








Life at ADF


2015 ICR Juliana Costa de Carvalho Sabino - Brazil

2015 ICR Juliana Costa de Carvalho Sabino – Brazil

A primary component of the ICR program is the ADF Summer Dance Intensive, where dancers from around the country and around the world come to train and to create, to see, and to be seen. Students of all levels are invited to engage in collaborative creative processes with ADF’s diverse and outstanding faculty, extraordinary musicians, and vibrant student body. Participants may take three two-hour classes a day, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, choosing from approximately 40 daily classes. Available courses will include Contemporary Technique, Composition, Improvisation, Repertory, Ballet, African Technique, Voice & Gesture, and Hip Hop. Special workshops and master classes are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Classes fall into four general categories, described below. Specific class descriptions are available here.

“The purpose of improvisation classes at ADF is to engage students in an exploration of their creativity. There are skills and techniques of improvisation, and the various classes will investigate several of them. These include releasing technique, contact improvisation, improvisation with speaking while moving, improvisation in site specific situations, Improvisation Technologies, etc. In some situations this improvisation work will be an end unto itself, and sometimes it will be used as a compositional tool to lead each student to find his or her unique choreographic voice. There will also be a weekly improvisation jam where students can practice their skills in a safe and supportive environment.” –Ishmael Houston-Jones

ICR Lee Kyung Eun’s (Korea) rehearsal for 2017 ICR concert

“How do dancers practice technique in 2011? This fundamental question is both asked and answered at the ADF. Vigorous dialogue regarding the study of dance technique is embedded in the very fabric of the program. The importance of technique class is apparent in many ways at the ADF: the careful and unique arrangement of the daily and weekly schedule, the vast array of techniques and practices from which the student can choose, and the diversity and professionalism of the faculty who teach the courses.” –Brenda Daniels

“Inhabiting a work as either an interpreter or a collaborator is one of the most fulfilling experiences of a dancer’s training. In repertory, you get to breathe a work of art to life again. In a new creation, your collaborative presence affects the work’s outcome. In both instances, you get to work closely with a group of peers, know a choreographic process, and share your work with the ADF community.” –Mark Haim


2015 ICR Mr. Gilberto Rincón - Venezuela

2015 ICR Gilberto Rincón – Venezuela

Participants will have the opportunity to audition for ADF’s Footprints program during the opening weekend of the program. Participants chosen to perform in a Footprints piece will have the opportunity to study intensively with a choreographer on a new work for the full 5 weeks. Rehearsals for Footprints will happen within the Six Week School schedule for 3 hours at the end of the day. They will also have the rare opportunity to perform on ADF’s main stage (Reynolds Industries Theater) as part of the ADF performance series during the last week of the festival. The 2015 Footprints artists will be announced in the spring, please check back for updates.



James Sutton

ICRs will participate in special weekly sessions with the ICR Faculty Advisor, James Sutton, where they will have the opportunity to further develop their choreographic ideas, discuss the performances and choreography through the lens of their respective backgrounds, and to solicit peer feedback on their work.

2016 ICRs

James Sutton, dancer, teacher, and choreographer was the co-recipient of the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching from the American Dance Festival in 2015.  He was for fourteen years an Associate Arts Professor in Dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is currently ballet master for New York Theatre Ballet.  As a performer, he appeared as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet and DANCERS.  Formerly Associate Director of the Kathryn Posin Modern Dance Company, he formed his own company in New York in 1983.  His choreographic commissions span all aspects of theatre and dance, from opera and musical productions to ballet and contemporary dance.  A frequent guest instructor around the US, he taught on the faculties of Connecticut College, Southern Methodist University, and The University of Michigan, as well as for fifteen summers at the American Dance Festival beginning in 1985.  He was formerly ballet master for Ballet Hispanico of New York, and, for five years, company teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Internationally, he has been a guest teacher at t
he Maly (now Mikhailovsky) Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; Cloud-Gate Dance Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan; Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; and the Cullberg Ballet and Balett Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden, among other venues across Europe and Asia. Previously an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, he also currently works in Communications for Brooklyn Academy of Music and is a contributing writer for Ballet Review.

Durham & Duke University

ADF is held for five weeks each summer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The studios are spread across the Georgian-style campus. Performances by visiting dance companies occur in the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham and Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke’s West Campus. ADF participants are able to use Duke facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, bookstores, libraries, and computer labs. The grounds of the University include the formal Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art.

Performing Companies

An essential component of the ADF experience during the summer is the opportunity to see some of the best modern dance companies performing today. ICR participants will receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the ADF performance series.


ICR participants stay in Duke University apartments. The apartments are shared, 2-bedroom apartments located within short walking distance to the ADF offices and dance studios.


The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University.
Map of Duke University’s campus.

For more information about the ICR program, please contact

2015 ICR Alan Yuan - Hong Kong

2015 ICR Alan Yuan – Hong Kong



Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, by choreographers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, the Festival serves professional and pre-professional dancers from around the world. The site of 662 premieres, the festival plays a critical role in increasing the repertories of companies through its commissions and reconstructions; what is seen at the ADF is ultimately seen by audiences throughout the world. Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “the most important gathering of modern dance professionals and students in America,” each year the ADF school provides world-class instruction to hundreds of dance enthusiasts.

View past participants list. View the list of countries the ICRs have come from here.

View International Timeline and History.

2017 ICRs