Schedule & Community Life




 momar ndiaye

In this repertory class students will be exposed to contemporary dance from Africa. We will work within a fully hybridized movement vocabulary with multiple roots: African dances (Sabar-Wango), martial arts (Shotokan and Aikido), flying low, and contemporary dance. In this process, students will be led through foundational techniques and improvisation and transform materials as they draw from their distinct skill sets. From a philosophical standpoint, it will bring forth the ideas of displacement, reset and redirection, and accommodation and adaptation. The piece that is created with the students will highlight the persistency and obsession of accomplishing one’s dreams in relation to the good of the community.

matt pardo

This ballet class focuses on the contemporary application of the classical aesthetic on the modern-dance body. The class places a specific focus on the functional use of plié and teaches students how to move transitionally through a position-based genre. Additionally, students in the class will be encouraged and guided to develop a practice of performance inside of the ballet-idiom which they will be able to translate to other areas of their dance training. 

jose velasquez

In this class we will be focused on breaking, one of the four elements that make up Hip-hop culture. As bboys or bgirls, we will go over a step by step breakdown of the movement, techniques, and foundation that make up the dance. You will also learn a bit of the history behind the movement and culture and how Hip-hop went from being a neighborhood thing to a worldwide culture. Although breaking will be the main focus, we will also touch base on some of the other styles of street dance including party fances (social dances), popping, and locking.

Kate Walker

This class will allow dancers to explore improvisation and choreography. Classwork will include tasks and exercises that will challenge dancers creatively and will add to their choreographic toolboxes. In addition, dancers will be asked to analyze choreography and provide feedback both written and verbal. Dancers should come with open minds and hearts ready to play and explore. 

In this class, students will explore a hybrid of modern and contemporary techniques taught through anatomically focused concepts of alignment, core support, kinesthetic awareness, and more. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate contemporary and modern dance vocabulary into movement that allows for full-bodied exploration and expression.

health and wellness

Health Insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. This 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 refer to this page by Duke to see all services covered and not covered. It’s important to reference these pages before pursuing services at the center. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 


Participants will have access to a Duke University Physical Therapy walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival. The physical therapy clinic is conveniently located in the same building as the ADF offices, and is available to all ADF participants free of charge. Physical Therapy is usually open for a limited number of hours, three days a week. 


Tickets to ADF Performance Series

An essential component of the student experience during the summer is the opportunity to see an exciting array of programs featuring companies representing both the established greats and the cutting edge in modern dance. Students receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center ADF performance series during these three weeks of the festival.


Activities will be planned outside of the daily class schedule to provide students with fun and relaxing time to spend with their classmates and dorm counselors. Past activities have included the Eno River Festival, baseball games, museum tours, movies, arts & crafts, swimming, roller skating and indoor rock climbing. The costs for all activities are included in the tuition fee. 

duke facilities

Students have access to purchase items at East/Central Campus stores with cash or card, as well as use cash/coins to utilize the vending machines and the laundry facilities.

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; respect for difference; and responsibility both inside the classroom as well as in daily life. All students are expected to contribute to an environment where individual actions do not violate the integrity of the community. Intimidation, harassment, and bullying will not be tolerated. 

All students accepted into this Intensive must sign a commitment statement affirming that they will adhere to the community rules established to guarantee a safe, healthy, and happy environment for all participants.

With integrating into a new community and being away from home, especially if it’s the first time, homesickness may arise for some students. It’s key to discuss homesickness as a family and prepare your student for welcoming new experiences in different environments. We strongly encourage each parent/guardian to refer to this helpful article around the subject of homesickness for great ideas around how to prepare their student for staying at a camp for an extended period of time. 


Dorm Counselors

Dorm counselors will be with students during all meals, classes, performances, activities, and travel to and from all locations. They supervise students at all times. They are key part of the community and offer support and mentorship to students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Dorm counselors are selected via an application process. All have previous experience as counselors or 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 allows them to get to know one another and prepare to create a supportive community for PDI. 


This intensive is a cell phone-free and internet-free experience. We know how unconventional it is to be unplugged from technology, both for students and their Parents/Legal Guardians. However, disconnecting from cell phones and the internet makes a huge difference in the collective learning experience. Taking a technology break allows everyone to be more present in the learning environment and enables students to form strong and lasting relationships with others in the ADF community.

Cell phones and internet-enabled devices brought to ADF will be collected at the beginning of the program and are only distributed to students during phone home times or to support the classroom learning experience. ADF is not liable for loss or damage to cell phones collected by ADF staff.