Summer 2022 tuition includes the cost of all classes, tickets to performances during the three weeks, and extra curricular activities. 

Application Fee  $60 Nonrefundable
Tuition  $1,400  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  $TBD* 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 Duke University fees, to be finalized by spring 2022.

Please note:

  • Dorm residents must purchase Housing & Meals. 
  • Commuting students must purchase the Commuter Lunch Meal Plan.
  • Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 16, 2022.


applications will open january 2022

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  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 or April 1 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


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 for further instructions prior to applying.

deadlines & important dates

Application Deadlines 2022

March 1 Application deadline (Priority)
April 1 Application deadline (Final)

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

scholarship deadlines 2022

March 1 Scholarship application deadline (Priority)
March 15 Priority scholarship awards announced
April 1 Scholarship application deadline (Final)
April 15 Final scholarship awards announced


May 16 Final payment & completed forms due
Last day to withdraw and receive a refund:
$300 deposit and $60 application fee are nonrefundable
$40 withdrawal fee applies
July 3 Arrive at ADF!
July 16 Student performance
Depart ADF


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: Do not repeat exercises multiple times. The technique video should be no more than 3 minutes total. Applicant should be the only person in the video. Do not upload a video of applicant in a class or performance with other dancers.
    • Include:
      • Up to 1.5 minutes of modern or contemporary technique
      • Up to 1.5 minutes of any other dance technique or style that you do regularly
      • NOTE: 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
  • Creative work
    • Include:
      • 1 minute of improvisation or performing a self-choreographed solo.
        This section MUST be self-choreographed or improvised. Performing another artist’s work is not permitted. Please indicate whether you are improvising or performing your choreography.  


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?


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 auditions: REQUIREMENTS & DATES


For students attending a live audition:

  • Students are asked to submit an online application form for the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive and pay the $60 application fee before the audition. ADF HIGHLY ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE AUDITION
  • Please arrive early! Check in begins approximately 30 minutes before the audition. Students will be given an audition number.
  • The audition class will not include a thorough warm-up. Students should come prepared to move from the start of class.
  • The audition class will include, but is not limited to:
    • 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 receive more details about the intensive.
  • Note: Portions of class will be filmed to assist final acceptance decisions. 

live dance audition dates 2022

Check back regularly for updates.

Time: 1:00-7:00pm
Event: Alabama Dance Festival (open to registered festival participants only)
There are ADF masterclasses at this Festival on Saturday, January 22 with ADF faculty Leah Cox and Michelle Gibson.

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
Travel Info
Individuals must show proof of covid vaccination and wear a mask.

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (SCD&T)
33 Hawley Street, North Hampton, MA 01060
Travel Info
Individuals must show proof of covid vaccination, booster, and wear a mask.

Time: TBA
Gibney Dance
280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Travel Info


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

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. A complete list of COVID policies and protocols will be available in spring 2022.

Vaccinations & Testing
In accordance with Duke University’s policies, all ADF students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical or religious exemptions may be available, but has not yet been confirmed as an option. Baseline COVID testing of all participants and staff may be required as part of the check-in/move-in process and surveillance testing may continue throughout the summer. 

ADF and Duke University require masks/face coverings in indoor public spaces for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Masks/face coverings are required for all guests over the age of 5 regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks/face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Reasonable accommodations for guests with medical or behavioral conditions or disabilities will be available through the office of Duke University Disability Management.


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.



  • Summer 2022:
    • 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–July 2, 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 July 2, 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.


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 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. 

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