Pre-Professional Dance Intensive
July 9
–22, 2023 | Ages 13–17

Thank you for your interest in PDI 2023. Applications for PDI 2023 are closed. If you want information about PDI 2024, please fill out our 2024 PDI Interest Form

*The demand for enrollment in our Pre-Professional Dance Intensive is very high this year. Given the limited amount of housing, acceptance into the program is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you have been accepted, you must submit your Application and Deposit in order to secure your spot before they quickly run out.


Experience Rigorous Training in a Supportive Community

PDI offers two weeks of intense dancing and collaboration to develop your artistic voice.


  • Develop your technique, artistry, and confidence.
  • 20+ classes per week including African dance forms, ballet, composition, dance film, jazz, modern, and repertory.


  • Build relationships while having the freedom to grow and create independently.
  • Immerse yourself in the creative process through repertory and collaborative classes.


  • Present repertory, creative projects, and class excerpts in a
    full-length performance for friends, family, and the ADF community.


  • Attend and discuss performances from a diverse roster of dance companies.
  • Investigate and engage with what matters to you as an artist.


    “I finally feel understood in my dancing and my intentions. I will forever cherish my 2 weeks at ADF, and even if I never return, I will never forget the magic that the festival contains. My heart has never been so full after leaving an intensive. Thank you for creating an environment where every human is allowed to be vulnerable and open.”

    Elspeth Migliore
    2023 PDI student


    “I really appreciate all that ADF has built. I think it is a gem in the dance world and really is a place that brings so many people together. I just want to thank everyone that has contributed to my experience here because I know there was a lot of hard work that went on to make this happen.”

    Jaya Dave
    2023 PDI student


    “This intensive pushed [me] more than I have ever been pushed. I learned so many valuable things and met so many amazing people. I found a voice inside of me that I never knew I had.

    Ajani Solomon
    2022 PDI student


    “[ADF] was perhaps my first glimpse at professional training. It was truly eye opening for me. I was able to understand my limitations, assess them, and work past them. Being a part of this community has been so special and I can truly say there is nothing like it!”

    Avery Germany
    2022 PDI student


    Apply online for a tuition or matching scholarship.

    Awards range $200–$1,530.


    Life at ADF

    Schedule & Classes




     Contact us at school@americandancefestival.org