ADF strives to provide resources and amenities for an enjoyable and safe student experience, assisting each unique situation to the best of our ability and supporting day-to-day life at the festival.

Arrival & Departure

Creative Process Workshop

Check in on Sunday, June 23
Depart the morning of Saturday, June 29


Educators Workshop

Check in on Sunday, June 30
Depart the morning of Saturday, July 6


Physical Practice

Check in on Sunday, July 21
Depart the morning of Saturday, July 27


Participants staying in the dorms will check out and return their key to ADF by 11am on departure day to the Festival Services Coordinator.

Late arrival/early departure is not recommended and permitted only on a case-by-case basis.

Fees are not prorated for missed program days. Contact ADF School at school@americandancefestival.org if arriving late or departing early.

Traveling to ADF

Interactive Map of Duke University’s campus and important ADF locations including studios and performance spaces.

Travel Options

  • Car: The ADF summer office is located in the Gilbert-Addoms Residence Hall on Duke University’s East Campus:
    1368 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708
    Driving directions
  • Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles from Duke University.
  • Bus: Greyhound and Megabus buses arrive and depart from the downtown Durham station at 515 W Pettigrew St.
  • Train: The Amtrak station is located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St.
  • Car Service: Lyft and Uber provide easy transportation to and from the airport and around Durham.

Dance Professional Workshop Intensive students may choose to live on-campus in a dorm or, may find their own off-campus housing. Duke University offers a limited number of dormitory rooms for participants.

300 Swift

300 Swift offers apartment-style living with a variety of amenities in each apartment. Other community amenities include: 24-hour fitness center with yoga studio, private conference/study rooms, game room, bike storage, outdoor grills, and a parking garage. Each apartment comes equipped with the following:

  • Bedroom: XL twin or full mattress and bed, 2 2-drawer dressers per person, one desk/table.
  • Living room: couch, chair, coffee table, and entertainment center piece. Barstools will be provided for apartments with the kitchen islands (most apartments). For those apartments without kitchen islands (normally studios), a table and four chairs will be provided.
  • Kitchen: fully equipped kitchen (stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher).
  • Stackable washer/dryer included within each unit.

Important: Students living in the dorms must provide their own bedding and linens (pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, etc)


On Campus

Details for 2024 coming soon.


Off Campus

Whole Foods grocery store is directly across the street from East Campus with a salad/hot bar and to-go section.
9th Street is approximately 2 blocks from East Campus and features a number of local cafes and restaurants.
Downtown Durham features an extensive array of dining options.

Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Kroger grocery stores are also located near campus. ADF provides van trips on weekends to grocery stores for students without transportation.

Health & Wellness

Physical Therapy

ADF students have access to a Duke University physical therapy walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival and is offered free of charge.

Getting Around ADF


For students bringing a car to campus, a four-week parking pass can be purchased upon arrival. Note the parking pass only allows students to park on East Campus in designated spots. The parking pass does not cover off-campus paid parking. Parking passes can be obtained on check-in day. ADF is not responsible for parking violations, fines, or vehicle damage incurred while on Duke University’s campus.


Transportation Around Campus

ADF provides one bus that transports students between classes, performances, and select events. A detailed ADF bus schedule will be provided prior to your arrival. In addition to the ADF buses, the Duke Bus is free and runs regularly around campus. The GoDurham Bus provides transit throughout Durham.

Bike & E-Scooter Resources
There are a number of bike shops around town that offer bike rentals or bike sales. We recommend the Bike Co-Op or looking on Craigslist/Facebook for the most affordable options. Durham is also host to three electric scooter brands: Lime (green), Bird (black), and Spin (orange). Use these services at your own risk and bring a helmet!