Corporate Sponsorship

“Artistically one of the most important gathering places of modern dance professionals and students in America.” 
Wall Street Journal 


A sponsorship with the American Dance Festival aligns your corporation with one of the most prestigious dance organizations in the world. 

Connect your company to…

  • beautiful, powerful, and thought provoking dance performances 
  • a world-renowned dance school
  • innovative community dance programs that are free for local youth
  • international artists making significant cultural contributions in their home countries

Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsorship benefits can be customized in order to meet your organization’s specific objectives and may include:

  • Alignment with one of the most important and enduring organizations dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving modern dance.  
  • Visibility and exposure through ADF’s marketing and publicity campaigns
  • Access to a diverse, affluent, and loyal audience 
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Exclusive hospitality opportunities
  • Employee privileges

Sponsorship Opportunities

Performances: ADF presents more than 50 performances by emerging, mid-career, and established choreographers from around the world each summer to an audience of more than 26,000 annually. Performances take place in traditional theaters, museums, music venues, parks, and other site-specific locations that are of interest to choreographers.

Commissions: ADF has played a critical role in increasing the repertoires of our country’s modern dance companies, having been the site of 681 premieres, 418 commissions, and more than 50 reconstructions. ADF has supported, commissioned, and helped launch the careers of choreographers such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Shen Wei, and Rosie Herrera many among others.

Tuition Scholarships: Educational programs are at the heart of the festival and the ADF School is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded professional training institutions dedicated to modern dance. ADF plays a vital role in nurturing and developing the next generation of modern dancers and choreographers on an international level. In 2016, 368 students, from 19 countries and 39 states, attended ADF and more than 50% were provided tuition scholarships.

International Choreographers Residency Program: Since 1984, through the International Choreographers Residency program, ADF has brought 487 from 91 countries to share, exchange, and experience the work and ideas of people from cultures around world.

ADF Project Dance: ADF’s free, year-round program introduces more than 3,000 youth to dance annually through creative movement workshops and complimentary tickets to performances.

ADF’s economic impact on the City of Durham is more than $5.5 million annually!


More Information

For more information on corporate sponsorships and opportunities that can be customized to meet your business needs, please contact Kelsey Favret, Development Associate, at or 919-684-6402.

A copy of the ADF’s latest annual report may be obtained upon request, from ADF or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888) 830-4989. This license is not an endorsement by the State.