Life at ADF

ADF strives to provide you resources and amenities for an enjoyable and safe experience, assisting you to the best of our ability and supporting day-to-day life at the festival.

ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE, travel

arrival

Check in 11am–1pm on Sunday, July 3
Arrive for check-in at the student dorm on Duke’s East Campus. An orientation for students and parents follows check-in. Late afternoon and evening will feature events for students and dorm counselors. Regularly scheduled classes begin on Monday, July 4.

departure

Depart 3pm4pm on Saturday, July 16
On the last day of the intensive, a student performance & gathering for family and friends will be held. The performance is for family, friends and ADF community members, with a goodbye party hosted by ADF following the performance. Students check-out of the dorms 3pm–4pm. 

Late arrival/early departure is not recommended and permitted only on a case-by-case basis. Fees are not prorated for missed program days. Contact the school office at school@americandancefestival.org if arriving late or departing early.

TRAVELING TO ADF

All Pre-Professional students traveling alone will be picked up from the airport, bus station, or train station by an ADF representative and driven to campus.

Interactive Map of Duke University’s campus and important ADF locations including studios and performance spaces.

Travel Options

  • Car: The ADF summer office is located in the Wilson Residence Hall on Duke University’s East Campus: 
    1320 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27708
    Driving directions
  • Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles from Duke University.
  • Bus: Greyhound and Megabus buses arrive and depart from the downtown Durham station at 515 W Pettigrew St.
  • Train: The Amtrak station is located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St.
  • Car Service: Lyft and Uber provide easy transportation to and from the airport and around Durham.
  • Shuttle Service: Charlene Safe Ride (Brier Creek Taxi & Car Service) is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to/from the airport and around Durham.

HOUSING 

Dorm resident or commuter

Pre-Professional Dance Intensive students may choose to live on-campus in a dorm or, if they live locally, be a commuter to the program.

Dorms

Students that live on-campus will be in double (shared) rooms in an air-conditioned dormitory on Duke’s East Campus. ADF Dorm counselors also live in the dorms and maintain supervision of students. Students under the age of 18 will be in a separate dorm from 18+ students.

Dorms include: Bed (42″ high off ground, extra long twin), Dresser, Chair & Desk, Bookshelf, Closet

Bedding and linens are not provided. All dorm residents share bathrooms, kitchens, and common rooms with other ADF participants. 

duke facilities

Students have access to purchase items at stores on-campus with cash or card. Vending machines and laundry facilities require cash/coins.

FOOD 

dorm Residents

Duke University requires all students with on-campus housing to purchase a meal plan, which is included in the cost of Housing & Meals.

Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace provides on-campus food service to the PDI program. Dorm residents receive 3 meals per day through their meal plan. The cafeteria features an open-style buffet that focuses on healthy options including a full salad bar, grill items, and rotating international entrees. Students with allergies or food restrictions have adequate meal options. The East Campus Union also features the Trinity Cafe, open for select hours during the summer and serving coffee shop-style food and beverage items. 

Commuters

Students commuting from home are required to purchase the lunch meal plan, which covers lunch for every day of the PDI program, including weekends. On performance nights, commuters eat dinner in the East Campus Union Marketplace on a pay-per-meal basis and will need to bring additional money for these meals (cash or credit/debit). Per Duke University policies, students bringing a packed lunch may not eat in the Marketplace with the other students. 

2022 pay-per-meal rates
Breakfast: $12.00
Lunch: $15.00
Dinner: $18.00

Credit/debit cards and cash accepted. There is an ATM in the building. All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%. 

community life

The Pre-Professional Dance Intensive is a life-changing experience designed to create thoughtful dancers who exhibit personal integrity and community-mindedness. In addition to rigorous technical and creative training in the dance studio, this intensive prioritizes community building, tolerance, and responsibility both inside the classroom and in daily life. Students are expected to contribute to an environment where individual actions uplift the integrity of the community. Intimidation, harassment, and bullying will not be tolerated.

All accepted students must sign a commitment statement affirming that they will adhere to community rules that guarantee a safe, healthy, and happy environment for PDI participants.

Integrating into a new community and being away from home, especially for the first time, may cause homesickness for some students. It is important to discuss homesickness as a family and prepare your student for welcoming new experiences in different environments. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to refer to this helpful article for ideas on how to prepare their student for staying at a camp for an extended period of time.

Dorm Counselors

Dorm counselors supervise students at all times and accompany them for meals, classes, performances, and activities, including travel to and from all locations. They are a key part of the community and offer support and mentorship to students inside and outside the classroom. 

Dorm counselors are selected via an application process and are subjected to a background check. All have previous experience as counselors/teachers in summer camps or dance intensives, or as college residence assistants. Most are pursuing degrees in the dance field, recently completed a degree in the dance field, and/or are actively working in the dance field. Counselors undergo training at ADF that prepares them to create a supportive community for PDI students.

Cell-Phone & DEVICE POLICY

The purpose of attending a dance intensive is to focus on your training, creativity, and building relationships. To further support this environment, we have a Cell Phone & Device Policy in place to reduce screen time and increase time and presence with others within the ADF community. 

Cell phones and internet-enabled devices must remain turned off and/or on silent and kept in the students dorm room, or a commuter’s dance bag, except during designated times. Students may only use their devices during regular “phone home” times, to support a classroom learning experience or project, or as needed for emergency use. The technology break allows students to be more present in the learning environment and enables them to form strong and lasting relationships within the ADF community.

If use of a cell phone or other device is used inappropriately or to bully other students, ADF has the right to collect any devices and will discuss the issue with the parent/legal guardian. ADF is not liable for loss or damage to devices brought to the program.

health and wellness

Duke University Student Health Center

For basic health needs, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the campus outpatient services. Clinic service examples:

  • medical care for illnesses and minor injuries
  • medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems
  • basic laboratory services

This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please refer to Duke University’s Student Health Center to see all services covered and not covered. It’s important to reference these pages before pursuing services at the center.
Purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 

Physical Therapy

ADF students have access to a Duke University physical therapy walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival. The clinic is located in the same building as the ADF summer offices and is free of charge. Physical therapy is open three days a week for a limited number of hours.