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.


    “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


    I grew so much as a person and dancer, and am so glad I got the opportunity to come to ADF. The people were amazing, the community was so healthy, kind, respectful, supportive and welcoming, and the dance classes pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me build a healthy and better relationship with dance.

    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