International Choreographers Residency

2023 Program Dates

ICR Arrival: June 5, 2023
ICR Departure: July 10, 2023


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 $7,220 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 Lexi Ovenden, ADF’s Executive Assistant, at: lexi@americandancefestival.org