New York City Winter Intensive

January 4-11, 2019
NYU Tisch Dance
ages 18+

The ADF Winter Intensive in New York City is eight days of classes, conversations, and performances with NYC-based artists and educators. It brings artists together from around the country and world to form a dancing community in the charged environment of New York City.

The Intensive emphasizes community, communication, and command of the form. People sometimes think that we can’t honor these things simultaneously with excellence—but indeed, we can, and many artists do. It is possible to construct caring rehearsal environments that give everyone a voice and to create undeniably powerful dances. It is possible to challenge one another’s ideas with clear, compassionate communication and to celebrate each other’s inspired performance of challenging movement material.

critical lens: What is solidarity?

Each year, ADF chooses a critical lens that allows us to situate our dancing within concerns that are relevant to today’s world. In 2019, the Winter Intensive will consider the question: How does dance create solidarity? What do we learn about ourselves, our world, and our art form by exploring solidarity through dance? The ADF Winter Intensive in NYC will investigate this question through eight days of classes in contemporary movement forms, creative practices, repertory work, and community discussion. 


Apply for a new scholarship for this year’s ADF Winter Intensive. ADF wants to support ongoing learning for dancers after they graduate from university programs. There are a limited number of scholarships available for dancers who graduated from an undergraduate degree program as of May 2018. To apply, submit an application by November 2. Tuition for scholarship recipients is $620.

Please submit a one-page resume of relevant artistic experience, a one-page letter of intent that tells us what kinds of questions and ideas you are exploring currently and how this experience could help you at this stage in your career. And finally, please submit a copy of your or your parents’ 2017 Tax Form 1040 (first page only).

We are no longer accepting Scholarship applications for Winter Intensive 2019.

Photos by Jenna Beardsley from Winter Intensive 2018