Festival Extras

Awards and Dedications

2018 Season dedication

Thursday, June 14 | 7:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater

The 2018 ADF season will be dedicated to ADF Alumni prior to the opening night performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at Reynolds Industries Theater on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm.

Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching

Wednesday, June 27 | 4:30pm
The Rubenstein Arts Center von der Heyden Theater

The 2018 Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be awarded to celebrated dance educators and artists Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwikstep” Dionisio in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

samuel h. scripps/adf award

Thursday, June 28 | 8:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
ADF will present the 2018 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to legendary choreographer, Ronald K. Brown. Established in 1981 by Samuel H. Scripps, the annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance. The $50,000 award will be presented to Mr. Brown in a brief ceremony prior to the Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performance at Reynolds Industries Theater.

Panel discussion on modern dance in china

A historic panel titled “Why Do They Fall Down? The Story of Modern Dance in China” will celebrate 30 years of modern dance in China. Panelists include Director Emeritus of ADF Charles L. Reinhart, Yang Meiqi, the founder and former director ofthe first modern dance company in China, China’s foremost dance expert Ou Jian-Ping, Ralph Samuelson, former director of the Asian Cultural Council, Michelle Vosper, former director of the Asian Cultural Council in Hong Kong, internationally celebrated choreographer Shen Wei, and former José Limón Company dancer Sarah Stackhouse. The title of the panel comes from a story told by Charles L. Reinhart about Yang Meiqi’s first summer at ADF after she observed a dance class taught by Betty Jones. She was perplexed by the amount of time the dancers were on the floor (something not seen in dance in China at that time). She asked Mr. Reinhart, “Why do they fall down?” He replied, “Why not?” The panel will take place on Sunday, June 17th, 2:00-3:30pm at White Lecture Hall on Duke University’s east campus. The event is free and open to the public.

movement in the moonglow

Tuesday, June 19 | 7:30–9:00pm
Duke University East Campus (corner of Trinity Ave & Buchanan Blvd)

Free & open to the public! Join ADF and lululemon Durham for an outdoor vinyasa flow yoga class with Lori Burgwyn of Franklin Street Yoga CenterClass will take place on the lawn outside of Epworth Dormitory on Duke University’s East Campus. The entrance to campus is located at the intersection of Trinity Ave and Buchanan Blvd.

dance party on the plaza

Sunday, June 24 | 7:30–8:00pm
Pour Taproom
Join us for the first installment of Pour Taproom’s Summer Dance Party series! There will be a brief tango lesson @ 7:30pm taught by Murielle Elizéon followed by a dance party on the plaza.

movies by movers

Saturdays, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and Sunday July 15
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Free and open to the public!

Moving images, moving bodies. Movement and film just go together. ADF’s Movies by Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Please visit the ADF website for the full screening schedule. Please visit here for the full screening schedule.

Festival Tours

Tours of the ADF School

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Mornings, June 25 – July 17 | 9:00am-10:15am
& 11:15am-12:30pm
Free and open to the public!
Afternoon tours are available upon request.

Throughout the summer, ADF School tours offer individuals, families, and community groups an insider’s perspective where you can experience the world-renowned ADF faculty, students, and musicians hard at work. These tours of the school increase your understanding of modern dance and ADF, highlighting the history of the festival up to the present day. Schedule your tour today to observe art in action as well as obtain details about the 2018 season. For more information contact Caitlyn Swett at caitlyn@americandancefestival.org or 919-684-6402.

post performance discussions

Free for ticket
Post Performance Discussions (PPDs), moderated by Tina Vasquez, provide a unique opportunity for patrons to meet the festival artists, ask questions, and gain insight into the creators’ work and vision. PPDs take place after select evening performances throughout the summer.

Friday, June 15: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Saturday, June 16: Shen Wei Dance Arts
Thursday, June 21: Pilobolus
Saturday, June 23: Places Please! Starring Nicole Wolcott & Larry Keigwin
Saturday, June 23: Coming Home: ADF Alumni Return
Tuesday, June 26: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Friday, June 29: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
Saturday, June 30: Anne Plamondon
Tuesday, July 3: L-E-V/Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Friday, July 6: Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
Sunday, July 8 & Monday, July 9 after the 7:00pm shows: Murielle Elizéon
Tuesday, July 10-Tere O’Connor Dance
Friday, July 13: Wondrous Women
Tuesday, July 17: A.I.M
Friday, July 20: Footprints

Tina Vasquez is a new member of the Triangle community hailing from New York City. She has spent most of her professional career organizing, teaching, and dancing in the US and abroad. She received her BA in Movementology and the Choreographic Experience from the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU and her MS in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics at the Polytechnic School for Engineering at NYU. Tina has also been certified as a Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Currently, Tina serves the Triangle as a Race Equity Consultant, but one of her greatest passions is bringing racial equity work and dance experiences together.


Samuel H. Scripps Studios

Opened in 2012, the Samuel. H. Scripps Studios provide a much-needed space for ADF to continue its educational programming and outreach throughout the year. Serving as a center for dance in Durham, the studios are dedicated to providing a sound scientific and aesthetic base for students of all ages and levels. Throughout the summer the studios will provide classes for adults and children and two one-week dance camps for youth, June 11-16, 2017, 9:00am–3:00pm, June 26-30, 2017, 9:00am–3:00pm, and August 7-11, 2017. To learn more about the Scripps Studios click here.



ADF’s Official Season Bar is Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub! Stop in before or after a show.

Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub
427 W. Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Open 11:00am–2:00am 7 days a week!