Applications are open!

  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 scholarship materials by March 1 (priority) and April 5 to be considered for financial assistance.
    • Class registration is available March 20. You must submit your deposit to register for classes.
    • Submit audition materials for Footprints by April 17. Auditioning is optional.

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

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 2024 Tuition:

Application Fee $60 Nonrefundable
Tuition Full-Time $2,450 Nonrefundable $300 deposit, credited towards tuition
Tuition Part-Time (1 class) $875 Includes performance tickets & additional drop-in classes


Summer 2024 Optional Fees:

Housing: Double Dorm $1,486.20 Air-conditioned dorm, no meal plan
Student Health Center Fee $120 Visit Duke’s Health Fee page for services covered
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.

Due to limited availability, single rooms will not be a general housing option for 2024. If you have an accessibility need, please contact the ADF School about applying for a single room via email at school@americandancefestival.org

Dates & Deadlines


February 27  Application Processing Deadline for Priority Scholarship
March 1 Priority Deadline: Scholarship application
March 15 Priority scholarship awards announced
March 20 Class Registration Available on Acceptd
April 2 Application Processing Deadline for Final Scholarship
April 5 Final Scholarship Deadline
April 17 Footprints Audition Materials Due
April 19 Final Scholarship Awards Announced
May 17 Deadline: Final payment & forms due
June 13 Arrive at ADF!
July 14 Depart ADF
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.

Payment Information

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 May 17th 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 $300 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
    • May 17, 2024
      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 18–June 12,2024
      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 12, 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): 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.