Dance Professional Workshops


Creative Process | Liz Lerman: June 18–24, 2023

Educators | Gerri Houlihan: June 25–July 1, 2023

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 Liz Lerman
June 18–24, 2023

Thinking and Moving Into the Future

This workshop fosters imagination, the development of creative tools for use in a variety of scenarios, and offers practices for continued growth, curiosity, and change. Anyone interested in developing their creativity is welcome. Each day will include moving, thinking, discussing, and creating. Taught by Liz Lerman and Leah Cox in a collaborative environment constructed in nurture and rigor.

Photo by Lise Metzger
Gerri Houlihan demonstrating in class

Educators with Gerri Houlihan
June 25–July 1, 2023

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


  • 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.

    “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


    ADF reignited the artistic fire in my soul.

    Stefan Dolbashian
    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