Dance Professional Workshops

Rejuvenate Your Professional Practice

Hone and re-energize your craft in a vibrant community of professional artists and educators in week-long workshops.

Creative Process with Jennine Willett
June 26–July 2, 2022

In a positive, inclusive, and generous environment, this workshop shares various creative methods in a format that emphasizes experimentation and discussion. Participants work independently and collaboratively with Jennine as a guide, muse, and mentor. They are encouraged to adapt, expand on, and apply her tools in ways that support and inspire their own artistic practices.

Course Components Include:
  • Concept development using a brainstorming practice called Idea Mapping
  • Approaches for crafting inspired assignments to generate movement content
  • Methods of shaping, deepening, and arranging content into a composition
  • Systems for organizing content, research, and planning during creative processes
  • An informal presentation for participants to share material and offer insight into their experience of creating during the week
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Educators with Gerri Houlihan
July 3–9, 2022

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


  • Engage in 15+ classes with ADF faculty, including daily movement classes and workshop-focused creative or pedagogical sessions.
  • Workshops offer daily movement classes and a pedagogical or creative focus.
  • DPWs count toward professional development: up to 4 CEUs available per workshop.

Experience & Connect

  • Attend professional performances.
  • Participate in classes and discussions in ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive.
  • Establish lasting relationships with artist professionals and colleagues.

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

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“DPW is a rich, collaborative experience that fills my soul as a mover and teacher. I leave every DPW week with my head and heart full.”

Stacey Shumake
2019 DPW participant

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“DPW is a place for makers to ask the questions you didn’t know you needed to ask yourself about the way you make work. DPW is perfect for any maker looking to explore, experiment, or refine their craft.”

Lexi Mondot
2019 DPW participant

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The ADF has reminded me that the power of dance does not lie in perfect technique; dance brings people together to celebrate our humanity, build community, and ultimately change lives.

Annika Sheaf
2018 DPW participant


Tuition Scholarship or Matching Scholarship. Over 60% of students receive some kind of financial support from ADF.


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 Contact us at school@americandancefestival.org