Six Week School

JUNE 15–JULY 29, 2017

ages 18 and older


At the heart of ADF is the Six Week School (6WS), where dancers from around the country and around the world come to train and to create, to see and be seen. Over the course of the festival, students of all levels work each day with ADF’s diverse faculty, extraordinary musicians, and vibrant student body to create rewarding, life-changing experiences. The six-and-a-half week commitment results in the enduring, hard-won benefits that only long-term training can yield. 

In the 6WS, you’ll:

Take core classes in modern technique, improvisation, composition, ballet, partnering, hip hop, and more. Add variety to your regular schedule with classes and workshops in different techniques, somatic practices, and approaches to composition and performance. Our faculty includes artists and educators from all over the country and world who come to ADF to experience the excitement of the festival and work with one another.

At ADF, you’ll create dances with your peers, lasting professional relationships with faculty and guest artists, a community of fierce dancers from all over the world, your future, and the future of the art form.

2017 will feature performances by 20 different companies, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Mark Dendy Projects, and Pilobolus. (Click here to view the 2016 performance season; the 2017 performance schedule will be available online in the spring.) You’ll get a complimentary ticket to every show at the Durham Performing Arts Center and Reynolds Industries Theater!

ADF offers you many ways to be seen… from auditions for professional companies to performances of your work in student concerts to performances you participate in, including Footprints, the International Choreographers in Residence concert, and class showings. The dance world comes to ADF to scout the latest talent and teach passionate students like you.


“I had no idea how much my time at ADF would change my life. The teachers who pushed and supported me. The peers who loved and inspired me. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.” -2016 6WS student

“It is amazing to be in a space where everyone supports one another— the festival truly opened my eyes to the modern dance world and makes it a place I want to dwell in. Relationships built and experiences shared are one-of-a-kind.” -2016 6WS student

“ADF made me remember why I dance. It’s not about impressing your teachers or your peers or even yourself. It’s about following your passion wherever it may take you, and it’s truly amazing to see the passion for dance that everyone at ADF has.”-2014 6WS student


“My mind was blown, my spirit was enlightened, and my intellect was vastly opened.  ADF changed my life for the better, and I will, for the rest of my life, value the lessons I learned in this beautiful community of geniuses, poets, rebels, and brilliant minds.”
–2012 6WS student