International Choreographers Residency

2023 Program Dates

ICR Arrival: June 5, 2022
ICR Departure: July 10, 2022

About ICR

The American Dance Festival’s (ADF) International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program, since founded in 1984, has brought together over 500 choreographers from 93 countries on 6 continents. One of the most invaluable opportunities for the choreographers is to develop life-long relationships with colleagues in the program and individuals in the larger ADF’s 300+ community. 

Each June and July, approximately ten to fifteen emerging to mid-career choreographers from around the world come to ADF, located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, for a five-week residency designed to nourish, deepen, and expand their creative practices beyond the rehearsal studio. The ICR program provides a generous space for choreographers to take a break from their normal routines and explore creative practices in an environment where different perspectives are shared and valued.

During the residency, choreographers are given the freedom to create a daily schedule that is best suited for their individual needs. Offerings include the opportunity to: 

  • meet weekly with ICR Directors and ICR cohort to share, discuss, and learn from one another
  • participate in conversations and panel discussions with the ADF community
  • take or observe technique, improvisation, or choreography classes in ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive
  • experience a variety of professional dance performances and discuss them
  • take or observe dance classes by artists performing as part of the season
  • audition and perform in ADF’s Footprints program
  • teach one master class (traditional or contemporary dance form) for the ADF community
  • explore the ADF archives with material dating back to the 1930s

The focus of this residency is not creation based. However, choreographers have the option of creating and performing or setting a short solo or small group dance on ADF students (7 minutes maximum) to be shared informally in a studio with no production elements near the end of the season for the ADF community. This informal showing of work should be considered as an opportunity to engage with the ADF community and is not intended as a showcase of work to be considered for performing in future ADF seasons.

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


“The ICR program is very special, not only because it is a meeting point for many people from all over the world, but it is also the best platform for deepening your artistic statement and planting your seeds during your beginning/mid-career as a Choreographer and Artist.”

Ravid Abarbanel,

ICR, Israel/Spain

Program Requirements & Fee 

The cost for this unique program is $7,500 which includes tuition, performance tickets, room and board, and a health fee.
In order to be fully immersed in and benefit from the program, choreographers must be proficient in English and be able to attend the entire length of the program.

Housing & Travel

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the US. The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University. ADF will provide ground transportation to/from RDU airport for ICR arrival and departure. ADF will also arrange a few group grocery store runs throughout the residency. 

ICR participants stay in Duke University apartments. The apartments are shared, 2-bedroom apartments located within short walking distance of the ADF offices and dance studios. Apartments are fully furnished and ADF will provide basic living essentials such as sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and standard kitchenware.

For More Information or To Apply

Please contact Kelsey Riner, ADF’s Special Projects Coordinator at: Kelsey.Riner@americandancefestival.org


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 up to three classes per day Monday-Friday. Available courses include Contemporary Technique, Composition, Improvisation, Repertory, Ballet, African Technique, and Hip Hop. Special workshops and master classes are offered weekday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Three dancers

2015 ICR Juliana Costa de Carvalho Sabino
– Brazil

ICR choreographers jumping in the air

2017 ICRs


Participants may audition for ADF’s Footprints program during the opening weekend of the program. Participants chosen to perform in a Footprints piece will study intensively with a choreographer on a new work for the full 4 weeks. Rehearsals for Footprints happen within the Summer Dance Intensive schedule for 3 hours at the end of each day and may include additional weekend rehearsals. The Footprints program performs at the Reynolds Industries Theater as part of the ADF mainstage performance series during the last week of the festival.

The deadline to submit an audition video for Footprints is April 19. 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.

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.

Learn More

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).

Learn More

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

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.