Applications are open!

  1. Fill out an online application form and submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
    Required materials: 


    • Résumé that includes relevant professional experience
  2. ADF will review your application for the program and send you notification of acceptance via email within 1 week of submission.
  3. After you are accepted into the program, submit scholarship materials by April 1 to be considered for financial assistance.

ADF does not require an audition to enroll in Dance Professional Workshops. 

Application correspondence will be channeled through your Acceptd account.
For technical issues with the online application, contact Acceptd: 888-725-2122 or support@getacceptd.com.

Tuition & Fees

Summer 2023 Tuition

Application Fee  $60  Nonrefundable
Tuition per Workshop  $875  Nonrefundable $200 deposit, credited towards tuition

Summer 2023 Optional Fees

Housing: Single, 1 week $375* Air-conditioned dorm, no meal plan
Housing: Single, 2 weeks $750* Air-conditioned dorm, no meal plan
Housing: Double, 1 week $300* Air-conditioned dorm, no meal plan
Housing: Double, 2 weeks $600* Air-conditioned dorm, no meal plan
Parking $5*/day  Parking permits can be purchased after arrival
Visa Assistance Fee $125 For international students that require J-1 visa assistance
Wire Transfer Fee $50   
Withdrawal Fee $40
Returned Check Fee $30

*Estimated fees, subject to change. Finalized in spring 2023.


  •  Dorms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 10, 2023.

ADF offers a tuition discount to members of NCDEO, NDEO, or an ACDA Institution. These members will receive a 20% tuition discount off any one workshop, or a 20% discount off total tuition if attending multiple workshops. When completing your online application for the DPW program, you will be asked if you are a member and to specify which organization. Tuition discounts will be applied to your online application upon acceptance into the program.

Students may receive either a tuition discount or a scholarship, but may not receive both. 

Dates & Deadlines
April 1 Deadline: Scholarship application
April 14 Scholarship awards announced
May 10 Deadline: Full payment & completed forms due
Day before program
start date

Last day to withdraw and receive a refund:

  • $200 deposit and $60 application fee are nonrefundable
  • $40 withdrawal fee applies
Health Insurance & COVID Requirements

Health Insurance

Students in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for obtaining coverage that lasts the duration of their program and provide ADF with proof of health insurance on or before the program start date. Students without proof of insurance are not permitted to take class or move ​onto campus until the information is provided. Health insurance from countries outside of the USA will not be accepted. International students should purchase a traveler’s health insurance plan that is accepted in the USA.


COVID Policies & Protocols

Updated 04.14.23

Effective May 11, when the federal Public Health Emergency ends, students, faculty, and staff are no longer required to receive the primary or booster vaccinations.



Application fee, deposit, and program payments are completed through the online application

  • Additional payment options are via over the phone or mail a check. 
  • Accepted forms of payment:
    • All major credit/debit cards (preferred)
    • Personal check, bank check, certified check, or cashier check
    • Money order
  • Checks should be made out to “ADF” or “American Dance Festival” and mailed to:
    • ADF School, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708
  • All student accounts must be paid in full by the May 10th deadline. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date. 
  • Payment after the deadline requires special arrangements with the ADF School office.

Note: Any payment made in-person, over the phone, or by check may not immediately appear in your ADF online application. Scholarships may not immediately appear in your ADF online application upon acceptance. Call or email the ADF School office to confirm your account information before making a payment.

Refund Policy

Minimum Enrollment

ADF requires a minimum enrollment for each Dance Professional Workshop and reserves the right to cancel the program if that minimum is not met by May 10, 2023. Out-of-town students should wait to book travel and accommodations until the enrollment minimum is reached. ADF takes no responsibility for students’ air travel and housing fees if a program is canceled. Please contact the ADF School Office for enrollment updates prior to purchasing flights or booking housing.


  • Summer 2023:
    • The $60 application fee and $200 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
    • May 10, 2023
      All paid tuition (less the $200 deposit), housing, and meal fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before this date.
    • May 11, 2023–Day before program start date
      Tuition (less the $200 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed doctor’s note is required. Housing and meal fees will be refunded in full.
    • Program start date
      Tuition will not be refunded for any reason. Prorated housing and meal fees will be refunded if a student leaves the festival early. Housing and meal refunds require approval from Duke University.
  • All program withdrawals will incur a $40 withdrawal fee. When applicable, ADF refunds will be processed within 2–3 weeks of withdrawal.
International Students

The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the Summer Dance Intensive. ADF has hosted students from countries including (but not limited to): Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Trinidad. 

All classes are taught in English. The School hosts an international student gathering during Opening Weekend.

Student J1 VISA

ADF is able to submit a DS2019 form for international students who wish to obtain a J1 visa. This visa will only cover the dates of the four-week festival. Students are responsible for all other steps involved in obtaining a J1 visa beyond the DS2019.

If a foreign student requires assistance for obtaining a visa, a $125 fee will be added to their bill. This fee must be paid even if the visa application is not approved. This fee only covers ADF processing and will not cover additional visa fees incurred from the US government. Students must pay all other fees directly to their local US Embassy.

International students who need a visa to attend ADF should email school@americandancefestival.org EARLY so the visa is obtained in a timely manner. Visa appointments may need to be booked as early as three months in advance of the festival. 

ADF and Duke University offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.