Applications are open!

  1. Fill out an online application form and submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
    Application requires:
    • Video audition upload or live audition indication
    • Personal statement video upload
    • Instructor assessment form
  2. ADF will review your application for the program and send you notification of acceptance via email.
  3. After you are accepted into the program, submit scholarship materials by April 15th to be considered for financial assistance.

ADF requires a live or video audition for acceptance into the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive. 

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.

Program Requirements

Due to the rigor of this program, applicants should meet BOTH requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in 8+ hours of training per week.
  • At least three consecutive years of prior dance training with a strong technical foundation.

Returning Students

PDI alumni may submit a shorter technique video of 1.5 minutes in any dance genre and a 1-minute creative work video. All applicants must submit a personal statement video.

Tuition & Fees

Summer 2024 tuition includes the cost of all classes, tickets to performances during the two weeks, and extracurricular activities.

Application Fee  $60 Nonrefundable
Tuition  $1,580 Nonrefundable $300 deposit, credited towards tuition
Housing & Meals $1,190 Required for residential students
Commuter Lunch Meal Plan  $198 Required for commuter students
Student Health Center Fee  $60 Optional, visit Duke’s Health Fee page for services
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 2024.


  • Dorm residents must purchase Housing & Meals.
  • Commuting students must purchase the Commuter Lunch Meal Plan.
  • Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by June 1, 2024.
Dates & Deadlines

Important Dates 2024

April 10 Applications must be processed by this date to apply for scholarships.
April 15 Scholarship Application deadline
April 29 Scholarships Announced
June 1 Deadline: Final payment & completed forms due.
July 14 Arrive at ADF!
July 27

Student Performance (Students depart by 4pm after the performance and light reception)

Application & Audition Requirements

All students are required to complete an audition for acceptance into the program. Applicants must upload a dance audition or select that they attended a live audition within their application. All applicants must submit a personal statement via video, regardless of attending a live audition or submitting a video for the dance portion. Applicants should be the only person in their videos; please do not upload videos in a class or performance with other dancers.

Video Dance Audition Requirements

For students submitting a video dance audition:

  • Technique video should be no more than 3 minutes total, including up to 1.5 minutes of modern or contemporary technique AND up to 1.5 minutes of any other dance technique or style that you do regularly.
  • Creative work video should be up to 1 minute total of improvisation or performing a self-choreographed solo.
  • PDI alumni may submit a shorter technique video of 1.5 minutes in any dance genre and a 1-minute creative work video. All applicants must submit a personal statement video.

Notes on technique videos: Do not repeat exercises multiple times. When demonstrating each of your selected dance techniques, remember that each technique has different physical/artistic values and skills. Your dancing should reflect the technique’s depth, complexity, and range. We encourage you to perform class exercises/movements that:

  • Feature your ability to move with musicality or rhythmic sensitivity
  • Show the physical coordination necessary for the technique
  • Involve moving in place and through space


Personal Statement Video Requirement (All Applicants)

All students must submit a personal statement via video, regardless of attending a live audition or submitting a video for the dance portion.

  • Please address the following questions in your video. We want to hear your voice and your ideas:
    • What is most exciting to you about dancing and why do you want to come to the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive?
    • What are 2-3 things that you believe are most important to help build a creative and safe community?

Instructor Assessment (All Applicants)

A current dance teacher must fill out the Instructor Assessment Form. You will provide your instructor’s email in the application, which automatically sends the assessment form. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the assessment is submitted by the instructor for a complete application package. Applications are considered incomplete until the assessment is received.

Live Dance Audition Requirements & Dates

Live Dance Audition Requirements

For students attending a live audition:

  • Students are asked to submit an online application for the program prior to the live audition. 
  • Please arrive early! Check-in begins approximately 30 minutes before the audition.
  • The audition class will include, but is not limited to:
    • A brief warm-up
    • Modern/contemporary technique
    • 1-minute self-choreographed or improvised solo in any dance technique or style. Bring appropriate footwear (no tap or hard-soled shoes). A stereo with audio jack input will be provided.
  • At the audition, there will be an information session where students can ask questions and learn more about the intensive.
  • Note: Portions of class will be filmed to assist final acceptance decisions. 

Optional: Those attending live auditions can upload a 1-minute creative work video for additional consideration when completing the online application to help us fully assess. The optional video is encouraged for applicants that auditioned at large festivals.

    Click Here for Live Audition Dates

    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.

    All ADF students must adhere to ADF and Duke University’s COVID policies to participate. 

    A full list of COVID policies, subject to change, will be available in the spring of 2024.


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

    • Accepted forms of payment:
      • All major credit/debit cards (preferred)
      • Payments can be made over the phone. 
    • All student accounts must be paid in full by the June 1 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 or over the phone 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
    • Summer 2024 Withdrawal:
      • The $60 application fee and $100 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
      • June 1, 2024

        All paid tuition (less the $100 deposit), housing, and meal fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before this date.

        June 2–July 13, 2024

      • Tuition (less the $100 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed doctor’s note is required. Housing and meal fees will be refunded in full.

        July 14, 2024

      • 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 3–4 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): Bermuda, 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.

    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.