Dance Professional Workshops


for MAKERS | JESSE ZARITT: JUNE 2330, 2019

for PERFORMANCE | COUNTERTECHNIQUE with Joy davis: JULY 714, 2019

The Dance Professional Workshops (DPWs) offer working artists and educators the opportunity to reinvigorate their practice. Each weeklong workshop is led by a different artist and features sessions designed exclusively for artists to dig deeper into their individual craft. These workshops give artists the rare opportunity to be mentored, nurtured, and rejuvenated. 

DPWs are for dancers who have either five years of professional experience, an undergraduate degree in dance plus three years of professional experience, or are currently enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree in dance. 

Each day, you’ll spend half of the day taking DPW classes focused on your workshop theme. The other half of the day, you’ll create your own experience by taking classes in the Summer Dance Intensive. In the evenings, you’ll attend performances and discussions. Throughout it all, you’ll connect with other professionals and hone your craft in ways that sustain and inspire you for months and years to come.

Each year, ADF chooses a critical lens that allows us to situate our dancing within concerns that are relevant to today’s world. In 2019, the intensive will consider the question: How does dance create solidarity? What do we learn about ourselves, our world, and our art form by exploring solidarity through dance? 

WHAT FORMER participants SAY ABOUT THE Dance professional workshops:

“The generosity of the faculty and other students is unmatched. I am leaving as a changed person, yet feel more like myself. What a rare gift.” – Brianna Jahn, 2018 DPW participant

“ADF DPW is where I come to revitalize my spirit and renew and share my passion for dance.” – Sandi Scheuber, 2018 DPW participant

“As an educator, it is a gift to grow in this creative environment. Bring what you have, and be prepared to expand the way you experience dance. So thankful for ADF.” – Marilyn Chappell, 2018 DPW participant

“The American Dance Festival has reminded me that the power of dance does not lie in perfect technique; dance brings people together to celebrate our humanity, build community, and ultimately change lives.” – Annika Sheaf, 2018 DPW participant