Housing, Travel, & Meals

Carving out time and traveling from all over the world to North Carolina can be a big undertaking. We strive to provide resources and amenities that will make the ADF experience enjoyable and safe, assisting each student and their unique situation to our best ability. ADF students have a range of housing and meal options at Duke University and in the immediate Durham area. Both ADF and Duke have designed services to provide ease in the day-to-day festival experience. This allows students to focus on the most important thing… DANCING!



On Saturday, prior to the start of the Intensive, check in will take place in the mid-morning on Duke’s East Campus, followed by an orientation for students and parents. In the late afternoon and evening there will be events to allow parents, students, and dorm counselors to get acquainted. Regularly scheduled classes will begin on the following Monday.


The students will perform on the afternoon of the last day of the Intensive for family, friends and ADF community members. Following the performance, there will be a goodbye party hosted by ADF for students, parents, teachers, and dorm counselors.

*Late arrival/early departure: It is not recommended that students arrive late or depart the festival early, however, it will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Fees will not be pro-rated if a student misses days during the program. Please contact the school office if a student will be arriving late or departing early. 

Traveling to ADF

All Pre-Professional Dance students who are traveling alone will be picked up from the airport, bus station, or train station by an ADF representative and driven to campus. 

Map of Duke University’s campus and studios (2 pages, scroll down).

By Car: To be updated once the Summer 2018 ADF office is determined!

By Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University.

By Bus: Greyhound buses arrive and depart from the station located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. 

By Train: There is an Amtrak station located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St in Downtown Durham. 

Shuttle Service: Charlene’s Safe Ride is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to and from the airport and around Durham. 



Pre-Professional Dance students will live in double (shared) rooms in an air-conditioned dormitory on Duke’s East Campus. Single rooms may be requested and available on a limited basis. Dorms come equipped with a bed (42″ high off ground, extra long twin), dresser, desk, bookshelf, chair, and closet. Please note that bedding and linens are not provided. All dorm residents in the dorms will share bathrooms, kitchens, and common rooms with other ADF participants. Students under the age of 18 will be in a separate dorm from students over the age of 18. Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by the deadline.

Students who live in the area have the option to commute daily during the Intensive.  


Pre-Professional Dance students will be well supervised by carefully selected dorm counselors. All dorm counselors go through a competitive selection process and must pass a criminal background check. All students must adhere to strict ADF and Duke University rules regarding sign-in/sign-out, visitors, curfew, lights-out policy, and free time on-campus. Students and parents will be sent an agreement after the initial application is submitted with details regarding supervision, rules, and policies.

Community Life

The Pre-Professional Dance Intensive is a life-changing experience, designed to create thoughtful dancers who exhibit personal integrity and community-mindedness.  In addition to rigorous technical and creative training in the dance studio, this Intensive prioritizes community building; respect for difference; and responsibility both inside the classroom as well as in daily life. All students are expected to contribute to an environment where individual actions do not violate the integrity of the community. Intimidation, harassment, and bullying will not be tolerated. 

All students accepted into this Intensive must sign a commitment statement affirming that they will adhere to the community rules established to guarantee a safe, healthy, and happy environment for all participants. To ensure that all students are fully emotionally and physically integrated into the program, restrictions will be placed on cell phone and internet usage. ADF highly encourages all students to leave their cell phones and internet-enabled devices at home. Devices brought to ADF will be collected at the beginning of the festival and only distributed to students once a week to call home for a very limited time frame.



Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace will provide on-campus food service for student residents. All students living on campus are on the money-saving ADF Meal Plan included in the room and board fee, which covers 3 meals per day for the entire three weeks. Please note that there are no refunds for unused meals.


Students who commute from home will be required to purchase the lunch meal plan, which covers lunches seven days per week for the three weeks. For dinners on performance nights, commuters will eat in the East Campus Union Marketplace on a pay-per-meal basis, and will need to bring additional money for these meals (cash, credit/debit cards, and flex accepted). Per Duke University policies, students who bring a packed lunch will not be allowed to eat in the Marketplace with the other students. 

A note about food tax at Duke University: All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%. Students who have purchased a meal plan have the tax included in the overall cost. Anyone who purchases meals using cash or flex will be taxed in addition to the per-meal cost.


Health Insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. This 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!

Duke University Student Health Center

For basic health needs that can be taken care of in a clinic, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the outpatient services on campus. Examples of services provided include medical care for illnesses and minor injuries, medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems, and basic laboratory services. This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. The Student Health Center Fee is highly recommended for students.


Participants will have access to a Duke University Physical Therapy walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival. The physical therapy clinic is conveniently located in the same building as the ADF offices, and is available to all ADF participants free of charge. Physical Therapy is usually open for a limited number of hours, three days a week. 


A resident massage therapist and acupuncturist will be available to the ADF community, offering affordable care with a specialization in treatment for dancers. Students wishing to use these services will be required to have their parent or guardian speak with the specialist prior to treatment. 


Tickets to ADF Performance Series

An essential component of the student experience during the summer is the opportunity to see an exciting array of programs featuring companies representing both the established greats and the cutting edge in modern dance. Students receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center ADF performance series during the last three weeks of the festival. 


Activities will be planned outside of the daily class schedule to provide students with fun and relaxing time to spend with their classmates and dorm counselors. Past activities have included the Eno River Festival, baseball games, museum tours, movies, arts & crafts, swimming, roller skating and indoor rock climbing. The costs for all activities are included in the tuition fee. 

Flex Account

Participants in the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive have the option to open a Flex account, either in addition to the ADF Meal Plan or alone. This is a declining balance account to which funds may be added at any time during the student’s time on campus. The Flex account can be used in the East Campus Union’s Marketplace, East/Central Campus stores, vending machines, and laundry facilities—greatly reducing the need to carry cash. Beginning the first day of arrival to the Intensive on Check-In Day, participants may add funds to their flex account at Lilly Library using cash only. Refunds will be processed by the DukeCard Office following the festival. Refunds will not be available for balances under $5.00.


The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the ADF School. International students enhance the ADF community and contribute to the education and personal growth of fellow students and faculty. Over the years, ADF has hosted students from many countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Trinidad, to name just a few. 

ADF can provide limited support for obtaining a visa to attend ADF. Three Week School international students who need a visa to attend ADF should email school@americandancefestival.org EARLY so that the visa is obtained in a timely manner. Visa appointments may need to be booked as early as three months in advance of the festival.