Artistically (ADF is) the most important gathering of modern dance professionals and students in America. –Wall Street Journal

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Checks may be mailed to: ADF, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708.

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Why Give to ADF?

With your support, we realize the mission of ADF to preserve, promote, and present modern dance throughout our community and the world.


Monica Bill Barnes & Company | The Museum Workout. Photo by Ben McKeown.

Each summer, ADF has been the beating heart of the dance world. The best companies in the world premiere work on ADF’s stage, much of it commissioned by the festival. Hundreds of students from some 20 countries and 40 states study at ADF’s highest caliber dance intensives. They come as kids in leotards with as many doubts as dreams. They leave as dancers and artists—and sometimes even new members of companies. Lives change in those 5½ sweaty weeks. Your gift could…

  • Provide scholarships to help ensure that a new generation of emerging dancers, choreographers, and educators have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture of collaboration, exploration, and creativity each summer. 
  • Support the commissioning of new work being made in the field.
  • Keep ticket prices affordable and help us build a diverse audience.
  • Preserve our modern dance history through archival efforts.


2017 Dance Theater Camp at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios in Durham. Photo by Ben McKeown.

This year, ADF’s first-ever permanent space, the Samuel H. Scripps Studios, celebrated its 5th birthday. The studios serve as a community anchor that continues the impact of our summer programming throughout the year for individuals of all ages and levels through workshops, master classes, and informal showings. Your gift could… 

  • Introduce underprivileged youth and non-traditional audiences to modern dance through our community outreach classes, scholarships, and ticket programs.
  • Provide funding to cover subsidized studio space for the local dance community.


Company Wang Ramirez | Boderline. Photo by Grant Halverson.

The festival is an international hub for modern dance. ADF provides a space for international residencies, commissions new works by international artists, and serves as a training ground for students from all over the world. Your gift could…

  • Support international cultural exchange programs. 
  • Provide funding for travel expenses on our search for emerging international artists.


Ways to Give to the ADF

There are many ways to give to the festival…

ADF Fund contributions support performances, choreographic commissions, student scholarships, community outreach programs at the Samuel H. Scripps Studios, and ADF archives. 

Endowment/Planned Giving contributions ensure that everything ADF does will continue to happen in the future. Endowments also offer an opportunity to recognize someone in perpetuity by naming a permanent fund.

Matching Gifts can double your contribution! Many employers are willing to match donations made to non-profit organizations by their employees. Please request a corporate gift form from your employer and submit it with your contribution.

Stocks are another way you can give to ADF. A gift in the amount of appreciated stock may provide you with capital gains tax advantages. Please consult your tax advisor or attorney prior to any transactions to confirm the specific benefits of your contribution.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts allows you to make a donation as a gift in honor or memory of someone important in your life. Tribute donations can also be made to commemorate special occasions including holidays, birthdays, and weddings. A tribute letter will be sent to the person(s) you designate and an acknowledgement letter with a tax receipt will be sent to you.


For more information contact, Shrease Johnson, Director of Grants and Development Operations, at or 919-684-6402. 


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ADF’s Online Donation Refund Policy

In the event that you have inadvertently made an online donation to the American Dance Festival (ADF) in an amount you did not intend, please contact our development office by phone (919) 684-6402. Refunds and/or adjustments will gladly be made within 30 days of notification of a donation.

ADF does not provide refunds for the purchase of event tickets or sponsorships.