Festival Extras

free events

Movement in the Moonglow

Wednesday, June 21 | 7:00–8:00pm
Lawn in front of Epworth Dormitory

Join ADF, lululemon Southpoint, and Franklin Street Yoga for a FREE yoga class! Yoga is about so much more than the physical postures. For the International Day of Yoga, come explore the practices of yoga and how they show up on the mat, off the mat, and everywhere. Open to all levels! Class will take place on Duke’s East Campus, on the lawn in front of Epworth Dormitory (at the intersection of Trinity Ave and Buchanan Blvd). No registration required.


Screening of Bobbi Jene

Full Frame Theater @ American Tobacco
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
FREE (ticket required)
After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the US to create her own boundary breaking performances. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await her, Elvira Lind’s film lovingly and intimately documents the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. Observing the artist in both private and public settings, the film moves between uninhibited scenes of life at home, grueling rehearsals, and Bobbi Jene’s revealing choreography. Baring her body, her new work explores both the physical and emotional complexities of female sexuality. Bobbi Jene delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process.

This film contains nudity and adult subject matter.

This event is free, but you must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2sXB6DV. Please see Eventbrite page for ticket sale dates and times, directions, and parking fees.

This event is part of the Road Show Summer Series presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. and the American Tobacco Campus. The screening of Bobbi Jene is co-presented by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers.

Awards and Dedications

2017 Season dedication

Thursday, June 15 | 6:30pm
Durham Performing Arts Center

The 2017 ADF season will be dedicated to the late Allen D. Roses, MD prior to the Opening Night Gala performance at DPAC on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm.

Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching

Saturday, July 15 | 5:00pm
Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University

The 2017 Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be awarded to celebrated dance educator and choreographer Liz Lerman in a ceremony on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 5:00pm in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.

samuel h. scripps/adf award

Tuesday, July 25 | 8:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
ADF will present the 2017 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to legendary choreographer, Lucinda Childs. 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. Ms. Childs’ work is renowned for its minimal and elegant style, virtuosity, and mesmerizing repetitive movements and patterns. The $50,000 award will be presented to Ms. Childs in a brief ceremony prior to the Footprints performance at Reynolds Industries Theater

movies by movers

Wednesday, July 12-Saturday, July 15
Free and open to the public!

ADF’s Movies by Movers will screen films July 12-15. 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 here for times, locations, and the full screening schedule.

Festival Tours

Tours of the ADF School
June 26-July 21 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, at 9:15am and 11:15am.
Free and open to the public!
Afternoon tours are available upon request.

Throughout the summer, 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. Tours of the school increase your understanding of modern dance and ADF. The tours highlight the history of the festival up to the present day. Tours are led by Director of ADF School Tours, Joseph Fedrowitz, ADF staff, and other long-time ADF supporters, giving visitors the chance to observe art in action as well as obtain details about the 2017 season. Tours usually last 1-2 hours. Please call 919-684-6402 or email tours@americandancefestival.org to make your reservation.

We invite you to be our very special guest at ADF’s Convocation. Join ADF students, interns, faculty, musicians, and staff as they gather to kick-off the incredible summer that is before them! Friday, June 16th at 9:00am | Baldwin Auditorium | 1336 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708

post performance discussions

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Free for ticket
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.

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 The Tavern! Stop in before or after a show and try The Dancetini for only $5 all festival long. Plus, receive 10% off food with your ADF ID or ticket stub!

The Tavern
900 W. Markham Ave, Durham, NC 27705
Monday–Saturday: 11:30am–2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm–2:00pm