Applications Are Now Open!

Extended deadlines: Auditions April 10 | Scholarship April 17

  1. Fill out an online application form and submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
  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, complete the following within your application:
    • Submit audition materials for Footprints or repertory classes by April 10. Auditioning is optional.
    • Submit scholarship materials by April 17 to be considered for financial assistance.
    • Class registration is available March 1. You must submit your deposit first in order to register for classes.

ADF does not require an audition to enroll in the Summer Dance Intensive, unless you are applying for a tuition scholarship or auditioning for a Footprints or repertory class, in which case a live and/or video audition submission is required.

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.

Summer 2022 Tuition:

Application Fee $60 Nonrefundable
Tuition Full-Time $2,275 Nonrefundable $300 deposit, credited towards tuition
Tuition Part-Time (1 class) $750 Includes performance tickets & additional drop-in classes

Summer 2022 Optional Fees:

Housing & Meals – Single Dorm $3,035* Air-conditioned dorm & 3 meals per day
Housing & Meals – Double Dorm $2,715* Air-conditioned dorm & 3 meals per day
Student Health Center Fee $122.50 Visit Duke’s Health Fee page for services covered
East Campus Parking Fee $34.50 Parking permits are purchased upon arrival
Visa Assistance Fee $125
Wire Transfer Fee $50
Withdrawal Fee $40
Returned Check Fee $30

*Please note:

  • Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 16, 2022.

Deadlines & Important Dates

March 1 Class registration opens online
March 1 Priority Deadline: Scholarship application
March 15 Priority Scholarship awards announced
April 1 Final Deadline: Auditions & Scholarship application
April 10 EXTENDED DEADLINE: Audition submissions
April 17 EXTENDED DEADLINE: Scholarship applications
April 15 Scholarship awards announced for applications submitted by April 1 & Audition results announced
May 16 Final payment due
June 1 Completed forms due
June 15 Last day to withdraw and receive a refund:
$300 deposit and $60 application fee are nonrefundable

$40 withdrawal fee applies
June 16 Arrive at ADF!
July 18 Depart ADF
Health Insurance & Covid Requirements

Health Insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for obtaining adequate coverage on their own. Proof of coverage must be provided before arrival. Students will not be allowed to take class until the ADF School office has their insurance information on file—no exceptions!


COVID Policies & Protocols

Updated 6.24.22

As the situation continues to evolve, ADF’s COVID policies and protocols will be updated in accordance with NC Governor Cooper’s office, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), CDC guidelines, and Duke University. These policies and protocols will change, and we appreciate patience and cooperation.

To be successful, we need full participation in risk mitigation protocol from our students, staff, faculty, and parents/guardians. In exchange, we will provide transparent communication and clear updates as changes occur. Check back often for the most updated information.

Our priority remains the health and safety of our ADF and Duke University community. Please review these policies and protocols below carefully.


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:

Adult participants (18 years old and up) or staff who test positive while in the program should leave campus or isolate in their dorm room, depending on their isolation duration (time based on current CDC guidelines, which is currently at least 5 days).

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.

Payment Information

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 16th 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 2022 Withdrawal:
    • The $60 application fee and $300 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
    • May 16, 2022
      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.
    • May 17–June 15, 2022
      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 June 15, 2022
      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.