Applications are currently closed.

Check back Wednesday, December 7, for application status.

  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 March 1 (priority) or April 1 (final) 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

Previously accepted/enrolled students may submit a shorter video audition for both dance skill demonstration and personal statement. Contact school@americandancefestival.org for further instructions prior to applying.

Summer 2023 Tuition & Fees:

Summer 2023 tuition includes the cost of all classes, tickets to performances during the three weeks, and extra curricular activities.

Application Fee  $60 Nonrefundable
Tuition  $1,530  Nonrefundable $300 deposit, credited towards tuition
Housing & Meals $1,100* Air-conditioned double dorm & 3 meals per day
Commuter Lunch Meal Plan  $185* Required for all commuters, covers 1 lunch meal 7 days per week
Student Health Center Fee  $50* Visit Duke’s Health Fee page for services covered
Visa Assistance Fee $125  
Wire Transfer Fee $50
Withdrawal Fee  $40
Returned Check Fee $30

*Estimated fees from 2022, subject to change. Duke campus-related fees TBC in spring 2023.


  • 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, 2023.

Application Deadlines 2023

February 1 Application deadline (Priority)
March 1 Application deadline (2nd Priority)
April 1 Application deadline (Final)

Decisions are released 1–2 weeks after a deadline or live audition.

Scholarship Deadlines 2023

March 1 Deadline: Scholarship application (Priority)
March 15 Priority scholarship awards announced
April 1 Deadline: Scholarship application (Final)
April 14 Final scholarship awards announced

Important Dates 2023

June 1 Deadline: Final payment & completed forms
June 8 Last day to withdraw and receive a refund:

  • $300 deposit and $60 application fee are nonrefundable
  • $40 withdrawal fee applies
July 9 Arrive at ADF!
July 22 Student performance
Depart ADF
Application & Audition Requirements

All students must either attend a live audition or submit a video audition for skill level assessment in addition to completing all online application steps. See the next tab for live audition details.

There is no preference given for a live ADF audition class versus submitting a video audition. All students will be considered equally.

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.

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 applicants must submit a personal statement via video submission.

  • 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 the three most important personal habits and attitudes that you believe are necessary to contribute to a creative 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.

    Live Dance Audition Dates 2023

    Check back regularly for updates.

    Time: TBA
    Event: Alabama Dance Festival (open to registered festival participants only)
    There are ADF masterclasses at this festival with ADF Director of Education Nile H. Russell.

    Time: TBA
    ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
    721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
    Travel Info
    Individuals must show proof of covid vaccination, booster (if applicable), and wear a mask.

    Time: TBA
    Travel Info
    Individuals must show proof of covid vaccination and wear a mask.

    Time: TBA
    Destiny Dance Institute
    417 Brooks St #6535, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Travel Info
    Audition held in partnership with Wake Forest Dance Festival and Dancing Angels Foundation to provide two $1,000 tuition scholarships.
    Individuals must wear a mask.

    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 11.14.22

    ADF and Duke require up-to-date vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, faculty, and staff, or an individual must have an approved medical or religious exemption. Masks are still required on Duke buses and shuttles, and in patient and clinical settings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wear a mask, not report to work or attend classes, and get tested as soon as possible. A full list of COVID policies, subject to change, will be available in the spring of 2023. 

    The below policies applied to summer 2022, updated 6.24.22:

    Vaccinations & Pre-arrival Testing

    All ADF students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (which includes a booster shot, if applicable). If you have any questions or concerns regarding ADF’s mandatory vaccination policy, or if you are unable to take the vaccine due to a medical condition/disability or a sincerely held religious belief, please contact Heidi Rodeffer, ADF’s Director of School Administration, at school@americandancefestival.org or 919-684-6402 so that ADF can determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided.

    Residential participants only (any ADF participant staying on-campus in a Duke dorm) must have a negative COVID test (PCR) within 72 hours prior to arrival on-campus and will be required to show documentation during the check-in process. Residential participants may also email proof of a negative COVID test within the 72-hr. window to school@americandancefestival.org in advance of arrival.



    ADF follows Duke University’s current mask mandate, which is as follows: Fully vaccinated individuals [primary series and booster shot] are not required to wear masks inside most Duke University campus and leased facilities. However, masks will continue to be required for all individuals in the following locations on the Duke University campus unless otherwise indicated:

    • In-person classes – OPTIONAL AS OF 6/24/22 (if masking impedes the learning process, they can be removed when actively participating in a learning activity, i.e.: acting/instruments/dancing)
    • Duke buses and vans
    • Clinical and patient care areas

    Masks may still be required in other locations based on specific circumstances, so we encourage students, employees, and visitors to carry a mask and be prepared to wear it if needed.


    Positive COVID test & Close Contact

    Prior to Arrival:
    Participants who test positive for COVID prior to arrival are not come to campus until they are out of their 5-day isolation period. For short-term programs, that may mean a participant who tests positive before arrival will be unable to attend the program.

    While Participating in an ADF Program:
    Minors (under 18 years old) who show signs of COVID and test positive while in the program should be picked up by their parent/guardian within 24 hours to isolate them away from campus. If a participant’s parent/guardian cannot pick up the minor, we will make arrangements within that program’s residence hall to find a bedspace for the participant, along with supervision, and will provide meals while they are in isolation. Minors that test positive for COVID during the program are unable to return for the duration of the program.

    Symptomatic Participants:
    Participants that exhibit symptoms of COVID during the program should get tested immediately at a local testing site. Possible COVID-19 symptoms (if not related to another medical condition) are:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough or sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

    Asymptomatic Participants:
    Asymptomatic participants are not recommended to receive a test, unless they have had close contact with a COVID positive tested individual in the program.

    Close Contact/COVID Exposure:
    If a participant has had close contact to a tested positive COVID-participant, ADF is following the current CDC guidelines, which are as follows:

    • Individuals that are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
    • Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to be quarantined following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a COVID test at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

    Testing Guidelines:

    • If asymptomatic, a COVID test should be taken 5 days after known exposure for best results.
    • If symptomatic, a COVID test should be taken as soon as possible, and the participant should isolate until the results are received.
    • If a COVID PCR test is negative, the participant may continue usual activities (masked) at ADF and should continue to monitor for symptoms.


    Refunds & COVID-related expenses

    • Tuition fees are nonrefundable and will not be prorated for late arrival, early departure, or missed classes due to a positive COVID case.
    • Duke housing & meals fees are refundable and can be prorated as needed in accordance with university policies.
    • All COVID testing and associated costs are the responsibility of the participant. ADF will provide a list of COVID test-site locations in the Durham, NC area.

    ADF is not responsible for additional off-campus housing and travel expenses that may be incurred due to a positive COVID case by a participant.


    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 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, 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
    • Summer 2023 Withdrawal:
      • The $60 application fee and $300 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
      • June 1, 2023
        All paid tuition (less the $300 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 8, 2023
        Tuition (less the $300 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed doctor’s note is required. Housing and meal fees will be refunded in full.
      • After July 8, 2023
        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.