Six Week School

JUNE 14–JULY 28, 2018


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. For students ages 18 and older.

Take core classes in modern technique, Gaga, improvisation, composition, ballet, partnering, hip hop, and more. Add variety to your regular schedule with drop-in classes and workshops. Our faculty includes artists and educators from all over the country and world.

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 30 different companies/choreographers. You’ll get a complimentary ticket to every show at the Durham Performing Arts Center and Reynolds Industries Theater!

From auditions for professional companies to performances of your work in student concerts to performances you participate in, ADF offers you many ways to be seen.

meet charles anderson

meet Kira Blazek Ziaii


“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