Scholarships & Auditions

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More than 50% of ADF Six Week School students receive some form of financial assistance. All scholarship recipients assist with operational and administrative work at the festival. Students dependent on a scholarship to attend the ADF School are urged to apply early and explore multiple avenues of financial assistance in addition to ADF’s scholarship offerings. Click here for ADF’s “Self-Help Guide to Financial Assistance.”

Important Dates

April 1, 2016: Scholarship materials due, including video audition submissions. Late materials will not be accepted!
April 18, 2016: Scholarship award notifications sent via email.

Submitting Scholarship Documents

6WS students may submit scholarship application materials by mail or email. Include your full name, name of scholarship, and the summer program you are applying for on all scholarship documents. 

ADF is not responsible for mail/email that is delayed or lost in transit. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the ADF office to verify receipt of application materials at least 2 weeks prior to deadlines. Pictures of documents will not be accepted.


Footprints_Auditions_018Tuition scholarships are offered to promising students who demonstrate a high level of technical and creative ability or potential, as well as financial need.


  • Scholarship amounts range from $200 to full tuition.
  • All tuition scholarship students work an average of six hours per week around their class schedule to help with the running of the festival.      
  • Tuition scholarship students are responsible for their tuition balance, room, board, and travel to and from Durham, NC

How to apply for a tuition scholarship

  1. Attend a live ADF scholarship audition or submit a video audition. Students at a live audition will be asked to perform a one-minute solo (choreographed or improvised).
  2. Submit a 6WS application with $40 application fee.

  3. Submit a copy of your or your parents’ 2015 Tax Form 1040 (first page only).  


Time: 8:30-10:30am
Address: Judd Gymmasia/Stitzer YMCA Building, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109
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Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Address: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
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Time: 10:15am-12:15pm
Address: Dalton MMR, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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Time: 9:45-11:15am
Address: Studio 152, Hartnell Hall, 143 Utica Street, The College of Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420
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Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Address: Schwartz Center Music Rehearsal Room, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322
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Time: 8:00-10:00am
Address: University of Southern Mississippi, Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115, 209 Ross Blvd, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Address: 1100 East 5th St, Anderson, IN, 46012
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Time: 4:15-6:15pm
Address: Happy State Black Box Theater, Sybil B Harrington Fine Arts Complex, 207 North 25th Street Canyon, West Texas A&M University, Canyon TX 79016
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Time: 10:45am-12:45pm
Address: PAC, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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Time: 8:00-11:30am
Address: State Playhouse, California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Address: Antoinette Falbo Theatre, West Virginia University, One Fine Arts Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506
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Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
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Time: 4:15-6:15pm
Address: Health Enhancement Center (HEC 110), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, 54481
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Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Address: Gibney Dance Center, Studio C, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
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Audition dates are subject to change.


  • Before the audition: Arrive early! Check in will usually begin approximately 30 minutes before the audition. At check in, students will need to fill out an application and pay the $40 application fee (only if not previously submitted) and obtain an audition number.
  • During the audition: An ADF audition consists of a 1-hour modern technique class. Please come to the audition warmed up and ready to begin with phrase work. Following the technique class, students will be asked to perform a one-minute solo. The solo can be choreographed by the student or by someone else, or improvised. A stereo with an mp3 hookup be provided.
  • After the audition: Following the solos, there will be an information session about the ADF School where students can ask questions and find out more details about the Six Week School and scholarship opportunities.


Students unable to attend a live audition may submit a DVD or online video link. Your video should highlight your strengths and interests as a dance artist.  Highlight your primary interest(s) in your video, whether it be performance, choreography, improvisation, or something else.  Please discuss your interests in your video self-interview.  

Video must include:
  • 2 minutes of modern technique, demonstrating your ability to negotiate alignment while moving, move through space, dynamically shape movement material, and embody a range of movement qualities, levels, and speeds. Please be sure to include floor work, exercises for spine and torso, legwork, traveling material, and a short phrase with qualitative shifts and dynamic range.  
  • 1-minute solo, either choreographed or improvised. Indicate whether you choreographed your solo or someone else did. If you are improvising, please let us know that and include any scores or structures you are working with in your improvisation. 
  • 2-minute “self-interview” in which you discuss what is most exciting to you as a dance artist, your long term goals and interests in the dance world, and how you believe ADF will positively supplement your regular/year-round training. 


Video creation guidelines:

  • Show exercises only on one side and perform them only once in their entirety.
  • Make your exercises full of a range of material.  For instance, we’ll have more opportunity to see your range and skill if you substitute a traveling phrase of eight prances and four jumps while holding your arms to the side with a traveling phrase that features different kinds of small, medium, and large jumps layered with diverse arms or spinal curves and twists.  
  • Engage us instead of the mirror!  Film in a mirror-free space or facing away from the mirror so that we can see you dancing for us instead of you watching yourself dance while you dance.  
  • Adhere to the time limits of each video section.  If you make your exercises rich and do them only on one side, you’ll have plenty of time to get everything in!  
  • Please label the DVD or online link clearly with your name and ADF program.
  • ADF will only accept 1 DVD or 1 video link per person.
  • Applicant should be the only person in the video, please do not send videos of applicant in a class or performance with other dancers.


_GH29077The ADF offers staff assistant scholarships to mature and responsible students who have skills to help with the operation of the Festival. Job assignments may include areas of administration, babysitting, production, box office, resident assistants, school operations, dance medicine, archives, and hospitality/events. Students will be assigned positions based on their experience and ADF needs. Staff assistants receive a full tuition scholarship in exchange for working up to 20 hours a week during the festival. 


  • Staff assistants may take a full 6WS course load; however, a handful of staff assistant positions will preclude students from participating in repertory projects. Staff assistants may take WFSS classes only as their schedule permits.
  • Responsibilities include weekend and evening duties. 
  • Many positions require students to bring a car to the festival to use for work-related tasks. 
  • Resident Assistants are staff assistants who live in the ADF dorms and help supervise students under the age of 18 years old. This special staff assistant position will provide a half tuition scholarship ($1,000) and a complimentary double, AC dorm room. 
  • Staff assistants are responsible for all costs outside of tuition, including room, board, and travel to and from Durham, NC. 
  • Staff assistant positions are contingent on passing a criminal background check
  • Due to legal and insurance restrictions, most staff assistants must be at least 21 years old. 
  • Staff assistants will be asked to arrive on Monday, June 13, and depart on Tuesday, August 2.

Please submit the following to be considered for a staff assistant scholarship

  1. 6WS application with $40 application fee.

  2. Resumé highlighting experience pertinent to the staff assistant scholarship.

  3. Letter of recommendation directly addressing your candidacy for the staff assistant scholarship.

  4. Copy of your or your parents’ 2015 Tax form 1040 (first page only).


_GH27824Daily bus transportation is needed to transport students to off-campus studios and to the theaters where performances are held. ADF bus drivers receive a full tuition scholarship in exchange for driving the ADF buses up to 20 hours per week.


  • Bus drivers must be 21 years old or older.
  • Bus drivers must either hold a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or be willing to obtain one. If a student wants to obtain a CDL with ADF’s help, they must live in North Carolina and hold a NC drivers license. If the student lives outside of North Carolina, a CDL must be obtained on their own. 
  • Bus drivers may take a full 6WS course load. 
  • Bus drivers are responsible for all costs outside of tuition, including room, board, and travel to and from Durham, NC. 
  • Bus driver positions are contingent on passing a criminal background check. 
  • Bus Drivers will be asked to arrive on Monday, June 13, and depart on Tuesday, August 2.

Please submit the following to be considered for a bus driver scholarship

  1. 6WS application with $40 application fee.

  2. Copy of Commercial Drivers License or intent and plan to obtain a Commercial Drivers License. 


_GH22631Stagecraft apprenticeships are awarded to students with interest and experience in the technical aspects of dance production. Apprentices act as an integral part of the technical crew in the preparation and running of performances by the visiting companies. The work involved is strenuous and requires maturity and responsibility.

The ADF also seeks costume stagecraft apprentices. This apprenticeship is similar to the stagecraft apprenticeship; however, experience working in costume design and construction is required. Costume apprentices work with the ADF Costume Designer to design and construct costumes for the Footprints repertory pieces. Costume apprentices are extremely busy towards the end of the festival.


  • Apprentices receive a tuition scholarship for two morning classes and the apprenticeship itself, which counts as a double class for those receiving academic credit. 
  • The apprenticeship commits the student to afternoon and evening hours and precludes participation in repertory classes or pieces. 
  • All apprentices are responsible for all costs outside of tuition, including room, board, and travel to and from Durham, NC. 
  • Stagecraft and costume apprentice applicants must be over the age of 18. 
  • Stagecraft Apprentices are required to arrive on Thursday, June 9, and to stay until Thursday, August 4. Costume apprentices should arrive on Thursday, June 16 and depart on Tuesday, August 2. Room and board costs will be covered for Stagecraft Apprentices only for the days worked prior to and after the Festival.

Please submit the following to be considered for a stagecraft or costume apprenticeship

  1. 6WS application with $40 application fee.

  2. Resumé highlighting experience pertinent to the stagecraft or costume apprentice position.

  3. Letter of recommendation directly addressing your candidacy for the stagecraft or costume apprentice position.

  4. Copy of your or your parents’ 2015 Tax form 1040 (first page only).
  5. Costume apprentice applicants must also provide a small portfolio of their work. This can be an online link.


_GH27832The ADF will match up to $500 from sponsoring organizations and businesses. Sponsorships may come from:

  • Dance Studio
  • College or University
  • High School
  • Arts Organization
  • Business or Corporation


  • Matching scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a limited number are available. 
  • Matching scholarships cannot be combined with any other ADF scholarships. 
  • ADF will only match a maximum amount of $500, but there is no limit for sponsorship award amounts. For example, your school’s dance department can award you $1,500 towards tuition, and ADF will match $500, bringing your total tuition scholarship to $2,000. However, if your school only awarded $100, ADF would match $100, bringing your total tuition scholarship to $200. 
  • Matching Scholarships may only be used to towards ADF tuition fees. 
  • Matching scholarship awards are contingent upon sponsorship agreement. Matching scholarships from ADF will not be allocated until the school office receives sponsorship agreement and funds. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their possible sponsors EARLY, before indicating interest in the matching scholarship to ADF. 

Please submit the following to be considered for a Matching Scholarship

  1. 6WS application with $40 application fee.

  2. The sponsoring organization will need to complete and submit a short application. Click here to download and print application. 

Dorm counselors

Dorm Counselors are now seasonal, paid staff positions. Please visit the ADF employment webpage for more details. 

Important information regarding scholarships

1.  Tax forms:

  • If you do not have the 2015 Tax form 1040 ready by the time you are auditioning or ready to send in your application, don’t fret! You can send it in to the ADF office later. Just make sure to submit it by April 1, 2016 or we will not be able to consider you for a scholarship.
  • If you are filing your own taxes but your parents still claim you on their taxes, you MUST submit your parents tax forms.
  • Please only submit the first page of the 1040, which lists the adjusted gross income and number of dependants.
  • Please feel free to cross out social security numbers on tax documents.

2. In addition to the tax forms, applicants are welcome to submit supplementary information to help the scholarship committee understand the full spectrum of the student’s financial need.  

3.  Students who are awarded scholarships will only be offered one type of scholarship. To increase the chances of receiving financial assistance from ADF, it is recommended that students apply for more than one scholarship. Please read all of the scholarship descriptions and submission material lists carefully, and remember that students applying for a staff assistant, bus driver, stagecraft and/or costume apprentice scholarship must submit a separate letter of recommendation and résumé for each. Students who apply for more than one scholarship need only submit the 6WS application and $40 application fee once. 

4. Only students who have submitted all required documents will be considered for a scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

5. Pursuant to Duke University policies, criminal background checks will be conducted on potential staff assistants and bus drivers. Students who do not pass the criminal background check will forfeit their scholarship.