Schedule & Community Life

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS – check back for updates!

matt pardo

This ballet class focuses on the contemporary application of the classical aesthetic on the modern-dance body. The class places a specific focus on the functional use of plié and teaches students how to move transitionally through a position-based genre. Additionally, students in the class will be encouraged and guided to develop a practice of performance inside of the ballet-idiom which they will be able to translate to other areas of their dance training. 

Kate Walker

Description to be posted!

In this class, students will explore a hybrid of modern and contemporary techniques taught through anatomically focused concepts of alignment, core support, kinesthetic awareness, and more. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate contemporary and modern dance vocabulary into movement that allows for full-bodied exploration and expression.


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. 


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 these 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. 

duke facilities

Students have access to purchase items at East/Central Campus stores with cash or card, as well as use cash/coins to utilize the vending machines and the laundry facilities.

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 emotionally and physically present and integrated into the program, restrictions will be placed on cell phone and internet usage. Cell phones and internet-enabled devices brought to ADF will be collected at the beginning of the program and are only distributed to students during phone home times or to support the classroom learning experience.