Application & Fees


Summer 2019 Tuition

Application Fee   $50   Applications are still being accepted!
DPW Tuition   $875   Per workshop

Summer 2019 Optional Fees

Single A/C Dorm   $340*  Weekly rate
Double A/C Dorm   $267*  Weekly rate
Dorm Key Deposit   $125*   Required for dorm residents
Conference Food Points $25* increments  Conference Food Points optional for dorm or off-campus residents
Linen Rental   $60   
Parking  $5 per day   Parking permits can be purchased once students arrive to campus. These permits are also valid at 300 Swift (on-campus housing).
Wire Transfer Fee   $50   For students who require bank to bank wire transfer 
Withdrawal Fee   $40   
Visa Fee  $125  
Returned Check Fee  $30  

*These fees are estimates. Finalized amounts will be confirmed in early Spring 2019.

The application fee and tuition are the only required fees. All other fees listed above are optional. Certain fees will be required depending on the student’s housing and personal preferences.      

Please note:

  •  Dorms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 15, 2019
  • All housing and meal plan prices are approximate and subject to minor revision, pending notice from Duke University.

how to apply

Apply Now

  1. Fill out an online application form. There is no deadline to apply!
  2. Complete the following within the online application: 
    • Submit a résumé of your dance training, education, and professional experience
  3. Submit $50 non-refundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
  4. If applying for financial assistance, please see the specific instructions on the scholarship page for additional submission materials required. Students may apply for scholarships once they have been accepted into the program. Students may receive either a tuition discount or a scholarship, but may not receive both. 

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

For technical issues with the Acceptd online application, call or email 888-725-2122 or 

tuition discounts

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. 

If applying for financial assistance, please see the specific instructions on the scholarship page for additional submission materials required. Students may apply for scholarships once they have been accepted into the program. Students may receive either a tuition discount or a scholarship, but may not receive both. 


April 1  Scholarship application deadline
April 15  Scholarship application deadline for DPW Educators  only!
May 15  Payment due in full
May 15  All completed forms due
May 15  Last day to withdraw and receive a refund, less the $300 deposit, $50 application fee, and a $40 withdrawal fee.


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!

Duke University Student Health Center

For basic health needs that can be taken care of in a clinic, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the outpatient services on campus. Examples of services provided include medical care for illnesses and minor injuries, medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems, and basic laboratory services. This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 

how to make a payment

Payment Instructions

  • Applicants submit payments for the application fee, deposit and program through their online application. Applicants can access their application by logging in to their Acceptd online account and clicking the yellow “continue” button next to their ADF application to continue on to the next application or payment phase.
    • When completing the initial online application, applicants must submit a $50 application fee.
    • Once accepted into the program, the applicant will be taken into the scholarship phase where they can apply for all scholarship opportunities available at ADF! No payments required at this phase of the application.
    • After submitting the scholarship application (or selecting they do not want to apply for scholarships), applicants will be moved into the $300 deposit phase and must complete the deposit to confirm their spot in the program within 30 days of acceptance.

payment details

  • Applicants may also call to make a payment over the phone or mail a check. 
  • For payment assistance, please contact our online registration platform (Acceptd) through email at or phone at 888-725-2122.
  • ADF accepts the following forms of payment:
    • All major credit/debit cards
    • Personal checks
    • 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 15th deadline. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date. 
  • Payment after the deadline requires special arrangements with the ADF School office.



Minimum Enrollment

ADF requires a minimum level of enrolled students for each Dance Professional Workshop and reserves the right to cancel the program if that minimum is not met by May 15, 2019. Students traveling from out of town are advised to wait to book travel until this enrollment minimum is reached. ADF takes no responsibility for student’s air travel and housing fees if the program is cancelled. Please call the ADF office at 919-684-6402 for enrollment updates prior to purchasing flights or booking housing. 


  • Summer 2019:
    • May 15, 2019: All paid tuition (less the $300 deposit), dorm room fees, and meal plan fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before this date.
    • May 16–start of respective week 2019: Tuition (less the $300 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed note from a doctor is required. Dorm room fees and meal plan will be refunded in full.
    • After program begins: Tuition will not be refunded for any reason. Prorated dorm room fees will be refunded by December 2019 if a student leaves the festival early, based on the date that a student’s room key is returned.
  • All withdrawals from a program will incur a $40 withdrawal fee. ADF refunds, if applicable, will be processed within 3-4 weeks of withdrawing.

After Summer Refunds

  • Summer 2019: Refunds for dorm damage and key deposits will be refunded by December 2019, after ADF receives final billing from Duke University.

International students

The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the ADF School. International students enhance the ADF community and contribute to the education and personal growth of fellow students and faculty. Over the years, ADF has hosted students from many countries including 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, to name just a few. 

ADF can provide limited support for obtaining a J-1 visa to attend ADF. International students who need a visa to attend ADF should email EARLY so that 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. 

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