Festival Extras

Awards and Dedications

Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching

Sunday, June 15 | 3:00pm
Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University

The 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be presented to celebrated educator Irene Dowd in a special ceremony. The Chair was established in 1991 and recognizes the dual role of teachers in passing on dance history and tradition and in guaranteeing the future creativity of the art form.


Friday, July 11 | 8:00pm
Durham Performing Arts Center

The 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to acclaimed choreographer and director, Angelin Preljocaj by Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater prior to the Ballet Preljocaj performance at DPAC.

The award carries a $50,000 prize and is given annually to a choreographer who has made significant contributions to the field of modern dance.

Movement in the Moonglow

A moonlit celebration of the American Dance Festival and yoga.

Free and open to the public!
Sunday, June 22 | 8:00pm

Duke University’s East Campus

ADF and lululemon invite you to a special yoga event on Duke University’s East Campus this summer to celebrate our vibrant community of movers! First-time and seasoned yogis alike are encouraged to come out for an evening of restorative movement under the peaceful glow of the summer’s moon.

International screendance festival

Saturdays (June 28, July 5, July 12, and July 19) at 2:00pm
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Free and open to the public!

Schedule of screenings is here.

Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival features films, chosen by an international panel of judges, that explore the place where cinematography and dance merge. Audiences have the opportunity to see numerous films over consecutive Saturdays that have been specially chosen to represent the best of this film genre.

The free films begin at 2:00 PM, so make plans to spend a cool Saturday at the Nasher Museum. Brunch is served in the Nasher Museum Café starting at 11:00 AM, and exhibitions can be viewed throughout the day. For information about complimentary museum admission and café discounts, visit nasher.duke.edu/join.

Musicians concert

Sunday, June 29 | 8:00pm
Baldwin Auditorium
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Each summer the virtuosic musicians of the ADF School take center stage for an evening featuring an immense range of musical styles that will get you moving. Come hear (and see!) the extraordinary talent that inspires the ADF faculty and students throughout the summer.

Faculty Concert

Sunday, July 13 | 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
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Each year, ADF’s internationally renowned faculty share their  remarkable  talent, skill, and creativity with over 400 students. The faculty will present a concert of their own exhilarating choreography, performed by ADF students and faculty themselves.
Same program for both performances.

Festival Tours

Throughout the summer, weekly Festival Tours offer individuals, families, and community groups a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the ADF school and experience the world-renowned ADF faculty and dancers hard at work. Tours are led by ADF staff, giving visitors the chance to learn the history of the festival as well as details about the 2014 Season. Tours will occur June 23-July 18 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30am and 1:45pm. Tours usually last between 1-2 hours. Please call 919.684.6402 to make your reservation.

post performance discussions

Free for ticket holders!
Post Performance Discussions (PPDs) 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.
PPD Schedule:
Vertigo Dance Company- Friday June 13
Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Theatre – Saturday, June 14
Ballet Hispanico – Friday, June 20
Pilobolus – Friday June 27
Adele Myers and Dancers – Monday, June 30
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet- Saturday, July 5
John Jasperse Company- Tuesday, July 8
Ballet Preljocaj- Saturday, July 12
Paul Taylor Dance Company- Friday July 18
On Their Bodies – Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23
Footprints - Thursday, July 24

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 adult classes as well as Saturday classes for children and a one-week dance camp for ages 8-12.

To learn more about the Scripps Studios click here.