ADF School Overview

IMPORTANT: ADF 2020 Summer Season Update

ADF has made the important decision to cancel the 2020 ADF season, which includes the Summer Dance Intensive, the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, and the Dance Professional Workshops. We are heartbroken for the lost opportunities for all of the artists, teachers, students, audiences, staff, interns, and ADF fans. We will provide updates about the 2021 season as we are able.
 
In the meantime, keep dancing with us in an online summer 2020 experience! 
If you are a student who applied for 2020 and have any outstanding questions, ADF school staff can be reached via email at school@americandancefestival.org.

ADF school programs

Each year, over 350 dance students and artists from around the world converge on the campus of Duke University to discover the endless possibilities at the ADF School. Under the direction of Leah Cox (Dean of the ADF School), the school hosts its core summer programs of the Summer Dance Intensive, the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, and the Dance Professional Workshops in Durham, NC. Since 2017, ADF and DANCECleveland have partnered together to offer a 5-day Summer Dance Workshop in Cleveland, OH.

Join us for an online summer 2020 this year and experience a taste of our signature programs from your home!

During the winter, students can study intensively with ADF’s outstanding roster of teachers in NYC at the New York City Winter Intensive

the adf school is… 

is a place for dance artists who want to study, perform, create, research, and build lifelong connections in an immersive, meaningful community. For over eight decades, ADF has been a career-defining destination for dancers around the world, a place where movers learn from each other, generate new ideas together, share their stories, and form lasting relationships. 

ADF provides the critical meeting ground for vibrant, diverse dancing bodies to mobilize, align, and become the leaders our society needs us to be. It is an indispensable educational force in the contemporary dance landscape by offering an innovative curriculum and presenting best pedagogical practices. In all of its programs, it seeks to foster community-mindedness, ethical leadership, and respect for difference. 
 

About the american dance festival, durham, and Duke University

Durham remains a magnet for young dance artists from around the world… and a place where important connections are forged. –The New York Times, May 2012

The American Dance Festival is now held for five and a half weeks each summer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, with choreographers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. Through its school and performance season, ADF serves professional and pre-professional choreographers and dancers from around the world. 

The studios and student dormitories are spread across the Georgian-style Duke University campus as well as downtown Durham. Performances by visiting dance companies occur at Reynolds Industries Theater, Page Auditorium, and von der Heyden Studio Theater at Duke and in the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham. ADF students are able to use Duke facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, bookstores, libraries, and computer labs. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau states, “Durham is a colorful, creative, and entrepreneurial community that continuously earns accolades as one of the best places in the world to visit, live, and do business. With nationally acclaimed restaurants, shopping, historical sites, and myriad other things to do, Durham is the place where great things happen.”