Full-time students must attend for all five weeks. Full-time students take 3, 1 hour and 45 minute classes of their choosing. Classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays, students may broaden their schedule with WFSS (pronounced woofs) classes.

Part-time students may take one class for the five weeks in the Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday schedule, unlimited WFSS classes, and performance tickets (space allowing dependant on venue).  Class pre-registration for all students is tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2018. The full 2018 schedule will be available in the early spring. Part-time students are not eligible for ADF financial assistance or use of ADF spaces for rehearsals.

Sample schedule coming soon!


On Wednesdays, Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays, students may broaden their schedule with WFSS (pronounced woofs) classes. This rotating and fluid schedule allows students the opportunity to explore individualized interests, cross train in various body therapies and somatic work, participate in special repertory projects, and have the opportunity to study with the extensive roster of Intensive teachers as well as world-renowned guest artists, choreographers, and performers.

Academic Credit

Academic credit application deadline: May 31, 2018

Academic credit is available to qualified high school graduates or rising high school seniors. Duke University records undergraduate academic progress in terms of course credit. For purposes of transfer, a full course load (3 classes plus WFSS) is equivalent to a total of eight semester hours or two-course credits. Credit for work completed is subject to the approval of the student’s institution’s registrar or admissions officer. Individuals who have completed all requirements for the BA or BS degree may request advanced-level credit. Students enrolled in Duke Summer Session for academic credit may request one or more copies of their official transcript from Duke University, not ADF, upon successful completion of their coursework. A $40 transcript fee will be charged to any student who wishes to receive academic credit. This one-time fee allows students to receive academic credit for any future year that they attend ADF, along with unlimited free copies of their Duke University transcript. All students (whether applying for academic credit or not) are able to receive a certificate of attendance issued from ADF. 

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. Summer Dance Intensive 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.  Tickets to shows in other performance venues depends on space available.

Personal rehearsals and making work

ADF encourages students to take advantage of the creative energy, faculty mentors, and available resources of the festival while in residence. Students will have access to studio spaces, portable stereos, and a limited costume shop during the five-week festival. ADF provides a range of opportunities for students to make and show their own work in a variety of classroom, informal, and formal settings.