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Online Applications for Summer 2024 are now open!
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Summer Dance Intensive | June 13–July 13 | ages 18 +
Pre-Professional Dance Intensive is CLOSED for 2024.
Dance Professional Workshops | June 23-June 29 -Creative Process with  Doug Varone | June 30-July 6 -Educators with Gerri Houlihan | July 21-27- Physical Practice with ADF Faculty

Each year, dance students and artists from around the world converge on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC, to discover endless possibilities at the American Dance Festival. The festival includes 20+ dance company performances from around the world and summer training programs. Under the leadership of the Director of Education, Nile H. Russell, the ADF School hosts its core summer programs: the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI), the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive (PDI), and the Dance Professional Workshops (DPW) during the festival.

A place for dance artists who want to study, perform, create, research, and build lifelong connections in an immersive, meaningful community. For nine decades, ADF has been a career-defining destination for dancers around the world, a place where movers learn from each other, generate new ideas together, share their stories, and form lasting relationships. 

ADF provides the critical meeting ground for vibrant, diverse dancing bodies to mobilize, align, and become the leaders our society needs us to be. It is an indispensable educational force in the contemporary dance landscape by offering an innovative curriculum and presenting best pedagogical practices. In all of its programs, it seeks to foster community-mindedness, ethical leadership, and respect for difference. 

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ADF offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.