International Choreographer’s Residency

About ICR

This program will resume in 2023

The International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program invites promising choreographers to ADF for five weeks and immerses them in the unique breadth and depth of the ADF environment. Since the ICRs come from such a wide variety of backgrounds, and each has different and individual needs to be met, the program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate each participant’s individual agenda by providing an abundance of program options. ADF makes many of its resources available to the ICRs, including:


  • The ADF Summer Dance Intensive, run by an internationally-known faculty, special workshops, seminars, master classes, lectures, and discussions with visiting artists, critics, and scholars.
  • The opportunity to see performances by the masters of modern dance as well as the newest emerging talent (from the U.S. and around the world).
  • The opportunity to present a piece up to 5-minutes created or set on ADF students.
  • The opportunity to teach one master class as a part of SDI’s optional weekend class schedule.
  • An archival repository containing film and video footage of ADF’s performances and special activities dating back to the 1930s — an invaluable resource chronicling the history of an art form. 

“I spend 24 hours a day thinking, taking classes, observing, and thinking about my process as a choreographer, my process as a creator—and that was the most important thing I found—to be closer with the process, to start to look for the real thing in dance.”

Raul Parrao

ICR, Mexico

How to Apply

The cost for this unique program is $6,500, which includes tuition, performance tickets, room, board, health fees, and J-1 visa fees. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the US.

For more information about the ICR program, please contact kelsey.riner@americandancefestival.org.

View past participants list. View the list of countries the ICRs have come from here.

View International Timeline and History.


A primary component of the ICR program is the ADF Summer Dance Intensive, where dancers from around the country and around the world come to train and to create, to see, and to be seen. Students of all levels are invited to engage in collaborative creative processes with ADF’s diverse and outstanding faculty, extraordinary musicians, and vibrant student body. Participants may take three two-hour classes a day, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, choosing from approximately 40 daily classes. Available courses will include Contemporary Technique, Composition, Improvisation, Repertory, Ballet, African Technique, Voice & Gesture, and Hip Hop. Special workshops and master classes are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Three dancers

2015 ICR Juliana Costa de Carvalho Sabino
– Brazil

ICR choreographers jumping in the air

2017 ICRs


Participants will have the opportunity to audition for ADF’s Footprints program during the opening weekend of the program. Participants chosen to perform in a Footprints piece will have the opportunity to study intensively with a choreographer on a new work for the full 5 weeks. Rehearsals for Footprints will happen within the Six Week School schedule for 3 hours at the end of the day. They will also have the rare opportunity to perform on ADF’s main stage (Reynolds Industries Theater) as part of the ADF performance series during the last week of the festival.

The deadline to submit an audition video for Footprints is April 1. Videos must be submitted through SDI’s online application portal. More information on how to access this application will be shared in advance by ADF’s Performances and Special Projects Coordinator, Kelsey Riner.

Performing Companies

An essential component of the ADF experience during the summer is the opportunity to see some of the best modern dance companies performing today. ICR participants will receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the ADF performance series.


Weekly ICR Sessions

ICRs will participate in special weekly sessions with the ICR Program Co-Directors, Gerri Houlihan and Momar Ndiaye, where they will have the opportunity to further develop their choreographic ideas, discuss the performances and choreography through the lens of their respective backgrounds, and solicit peer feedback on their work.

ICR Program Co-Directors

Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991 to 1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts.

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Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland, and Russia. She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010 to 2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

Momar Ndiaye dancing

Momar Ndiaye is an international performer, choreographer, teacher, and videographer from Senegal. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois in 2017 and was awarded with the prestigious Bruno Nettl Award for excellence in choreography for his thesis work, Point 0, upon graduation. Ndiaye has created and toured several staged dance performances along with choreographies for music videos with his own company “Cadanses” since 2004 and was a full-time dancer in the international dance company “Premier Temp” (2008-2014).

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Momar Ndiaye received ImPulsTanz’s Danceweb scholarship in 2012, Aex.corps/Residences et creations 2012, Pamoja (réseaux panafricain de résidence et de production) in 2014, Afrique Caraïbe Pacifique en creation in 2015, Movement research in 2016, and the European Union creative funds for the project Share-Creative-Africa in collaboration with Exodos (Slovenia) in 2020. Currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the department of dance at the Ohio State University, Ndiaye’s research focuses on the effects of Negritude, interculturalism, globalization, and colonialism on the “performance of daily life” in Senegal and Africa at large, as well as the subsequent impact of those concepts on traditional patrimonial dances and staged dance. Photo by Kat JaIllner


ICR participants stay in Duke University apartments. The apartments are shared, 2-bedroom apartments located within short walking distance to the ADF offices and dance studios.


The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University. Map of Duke University’s campus.

For more information about the ICR program, please contact kelsey.riner@americandancefestival.org.

About ADF

ADF is held for four and a half weeks each summer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The studios are spread across the Georgian-style campus. Performances by visiting dance companies occur in the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham and Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke’s West Campus. ADF participants are able to use Duke facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, bookstores, libraries, and computer labs. The grounds of the University include the formal Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art.

Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, by choreographers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, the Festival serves professional and pre-professional dancers from around the world. The site of 662 premieres, the festival plays a critical role in increasing the repertories of companies through its commissions and reconstructions; what is seen at the ADF is ultimately seen by audiences throughout the world. Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “the most important gathering of modern dance professionals and students in America,” each year the ADF school provides world-class instruction to hundreds of dance enthusiasts.