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Dance Professional Workshops


Creative Process | Doug Varone: June 23–29, 2024

Educators | Gerri Houlihan: June 30–July 6, 2024

Physical Practice | ADF Faculty: July 21–27, 2024


Inspire Your Professional Practice

Expand your toolbox and collaborate with a vibrant community of professional artists and educators.

Liz Lerman looking over her shoulder

Creative Process with Doug Varone
June 23-29, 2024


For the past 35 years, Doug Varone been exploring and mining a creative process that has yielded a wide-ranging body of work that embraces a nuanced and interweaving sense of musicality, structure, and form. DEVICES creates an open environment that allows huge creative possibilities to emerge, allowing the imagination of every artist in the studio to be expanded and challenged to new places. Through a daily exploration of honed creative games and devices, Varone will share ideas about craft, design and composition in this intensive setting.


Photo by Matt McGreedy

Gerri Houlihan demonstrating in class

Educators with Gerri Houlihan
June 30–July 6, 2024

Dance educators replenish their creative and pedagogical capacities through community-building with fellow educators, focused classes that develop skills, and opportunities for engaging in the wide range of classes and performances ADF offers. 

Schedule Includes:
  • Technique class with pedagogical strategy and content labs 
  • Professional development discussions. Example topics: Assessment strategies, Creating inclusive classrooms and curricula
  • Focused sessions on teaching aspects. Example topics: Working with a musician, Constructing a rich/diverse class playlist
  • Summer Dance Intensive classes of your choosing

Gerri Houlihan demonstrating in class

Physical Practice with ADF Faculty
July 21–27, 2024

Experienced professionals cultivate and expand their physical practice through mornings filled with a mix of movement styles and techniques offered by a variety of ADF faculty, and afternoons led by dynamic duo Anya & Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery, co-artistic directors of MICHIYAYA, that will focus on active creative practices and play, and lead to rep building and full physical exploration.



  • Be immersed in daily classes and dialogue with your workshop leader and ADF guest faculty, focusing on creative process or pedagogy.
  • DPWs count toward professional development: up to 4 CEUs available per workshop.


  • Attend professional performances.
  • Have to freedom to customize your schedule with optional classes and discussions in ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive.


  • Establish relationships with fellow professionals and guest artists.
  • Expand your national network for future collaboration.

    Program Requirements

    Participants must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

    • 5 years professional experience, OR
    • Undergraduate dance degree + 3 years professional experience, OR
    • In-process or completed graduate dance degree.


    “ADF is a great way to take the pulse on the modern dance world especially in the world of academia.”

    Elizabeth Huntley
    2023 DPW participant


    “The DPW was the best week of my summer. I felt enriched, supported, and empowered to go back and share dance into my community.”

    Andrew Pankiewicz
    2023 DPW participant

    “I have come out of [DPW] refreshed and reinvigorated to pursue my dance career and creative passions with new vigor and the tools to execute those visions.”

    Alexis Borth
    2022 DPW participant


    “I love the ADF culture and the celebration of dance in a beautiful, quiet setting. Being able to take classes with very well-known and accredited professionals was such a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to get to know other educators who are likeminded.”

    Mary Allison Rennels
    2022 DPW participant

    Scholarships & Tuition Discounts

    Apply online for a tuition or matching scholarship. 

    OR receive a 20% tuition discount as a member of NCDEO, NDEO, or an ACDA Institution.


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     Contact us at school@americandancefestival.org