More than simply a summer series of performances and school programs, The American Dance Festival provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience dance. For our youngest fans, the ADF offers Children’s Saturday Matinees and free Kids’ Parties to follow at the DPAC outdoor plaza, for music, snacks and additional entertainment. It’s an afternoon of fun for the whole family, and a great way to expose young audiences to the world of dance.
The Three Week School, offered through ADF School Programs, provides a more structured educational opportunity for young dancers as they reach their preteen and teenage years. Open to students aged twelve to sixteen, the Three Week School provides training in a range of dance techniques and styles, and nurtures close relationships with experienced dance professionals. Emma Stewart, a current Six Week School student who attended the ADF Four Week School program in 2005 (the predecessor to our current three-week program), marks that summer as integral to her decision to pursue dance as a profession. Now a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, Emma will graduate next spring with her BFA in Dance and Choreography.
ADF strives to engender arts appreciation to all members of our community, whether young or young at heart. And now, with the opening of ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, there is something for everyone year-round. Check out our classes and registration information and come take advantage of the many benefits a dance education has to offer.