FAQs

DECEMBER 28, 2017–JANUARY 5, 2018
the ailey studios
ages 18+

WHERE IS THE WINTER INTENSIVE HELD?

The Intensive will be held at The Ailey Studios
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue
New York, New York 10019

WHEN?

December 28, 2017-January 5, 2018

WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION? 

Tuition cost for the ADF Winter Intensive is $805. There is also a $20 non-refundable application fee. Tuition includes all classes, workshops, open rehearsals, panels, and performance tickets. Travel to and from NYC and room/board is not included in tuition. 

WHO CAN ATTEND THE WINTER INTENSIVE?

Any Intermediate/Advanced level students over the age of 18 can attend. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis when their application is received at the ADF school office with a $200 tuition deposit. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS USUALLY ATTEND THE WINTER INTENSIVE?

Generally, the NYC Winter Intensive enrolls between 35-80 students. Depending on enrollment, students will be split into two or three smaller groups for classes.

WHAT TYPES OF CLASSES ARE OFFERED AT THE WINTER INTENSIVE?

Classes will be offered in modern technique, somatics, repertory, composition, and improvisation. Special activities scheduled for the evenings after classes end may include panel and wrap-up discussions with faculty and artists, injury prevention workshops, open company rehearsals, or dance performances. There will be an opportunity to audition for scholarships for our summer program.

WHAT IS THE DAILY SCHEDULE LIKE?

The daily schedule consists of two morning classes, a lunch break, and an afternoon class. Special activities are scheduled for some afternoons and evenings. Visit the Schedule & Classes webpage to view a draft of the schedule. 

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES?

ADF is offering a new Winter Intensive scholarship for 10 dancers aged 25-30. Find details here. We encourage students to search for other funding opportunities. For example, many colleges and universities offer funding for special activities during the winter break.

DO I NEED HEALTH INSURAnce to PARTICIPATE in this program?

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for obtaining adequate coverage on their own. Proof of coverage must be provided before arrival. Students will not be allowed to take class until the ADF School office has their insurance information on file – no exceptions!

DO YOU PROVIDE HOUSING?

We do not provide housing for the Winter Intensive, but we have resources available to help you in your efforts to find housing. 

  • ADF Housing Collective
  • List of Hostels & Hotels 

Visit the Housing & Travel webpage to learn about the ADF Housing Collective and obtain the list of hostels and hotels.

 I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS MANY DANCE PERFORMANCES AS I POSSIBLY CAN WHILE I’M IN NEW YORK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There will be many performances taking place in New York during the program; more information will be sent to students after their application has been accepted.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE CLASS AT OTHER STUDIOS WHILE I’M IN NEW YORK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There are many dance studios in New York offering a huge range of dance classes. ADF will provide a list of dance studios once students are registered.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANY SPECIAL SHOES OR SUPPLIES WITH ME?

A journal is recommended for composition classes and discussions. We would also like to encourage all students to bring warm dance clothes. Please note that there is no dress code for classes.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN NYC IN DECEMBER/JANUARY?

It will be COLD! The northeast often experiences severe winter weather in December and January. Please be aware that in instances of extreme weather (snowstorms, etc.) classes may be canceled or rescheduled. When making your travel arrangements, it is recommended that you allow extra time to arrive in NYC in case there are delays due to weather. Please bring warm clothes, waterproof shoes, umbrellas, etc., as you will have to walk outside quite a bit when taking public transportation.

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND IN NYC?

New York City tends to be an expensive city and it is very possible to spend a lot of money while visiting. However, many students find creative ways to cut costs and it is also very possible to stay in NYC on a tight budget! How much students spend per day depends a lot on personal tastes, lifestyle, etc.

Here is a basic breakdown of what students might expect to spend per day in NYC:

Accommodations: Students can expect to spend as little as $50-$100 per day in a very inexpensive hostel, to $80-$200 per day for a sublet, and $150 or more on a hotel. Roommates will help to cut costs! Are you in need of a roommate? Consider joining the ADF Housing Collective. Visit Housing & Travel webpage for more information.

Food: We recommend finding lodging with a kitchen, as preparing food at home will save lots of money. Students who eat at restaurants can expect to spend approximately $5-$15 for breakfast, $10-$25 for lunch, and $15-$25 + for dinner (these costs reflect modest and cheap meals).

Local Transportation: See the Housing & Travel webpage for more information.

Attractions, nightlife, etc.: These costs can vary depending on what students plan to do! We recommend setting aside at least $20 per day if students plan to immerse themselves in tourist attractions, nightlife, etc.


Students who have additional questions or concerns should contact the school office at (919) 684-6402 or school@americandancefestival.org.