Online Dance Professional Workshops

For Educators | Gerri Houlihan
July 12 – July 16, 2021

workshop overview

This Dance Professional Workshop is designed for educators of all sectors and led by Gerri Houlihan. Replenish creative and pedagogical capacities through community-building with fellow educators, focused sessions that develop skills, and opportunities for engaging in the wide range of classes that ADF offers. 

  • Daily movement classes include reflection time to delve into pedagogical strategies and content details.
  • Professional development discussion sessions are tailored to consider different educational environments.
  • The schedule of activities is tailored to address your specific interests and issues.
  • Classes will have live musical accompaniment to inspire joy as we dance together!

We hope you’ll join our community of dance educators and form connections and new practices that last far into the future!

Who can participate in this workshop?

Dance Professional Workshops (DPWs) are for dancers who have either five years of professional experience, an undergraduate degree in dance plus three years of professional experience, or who are currently enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree in dance. No audition is required to enroll. 

As our capacity for this workshop is limited, we’d like everyone who attends to be fully present at each class to create a community and reap the benefits of the five-day experience.  

Enrollment overview

how to apply

Complete the following within the online application: 

  • Submit $50 non-refundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
  • Submit a résumé of your dance training, education, and professional experience.

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Summer 2021 Tuition

Application Fee   $50   Nonrefundable
Tuition Fees  $325   $100 deposit is nonrefundable and applied towards tuition

tuition discounts

ADF offers a 20% tuition discount to members of NCDEO, NDEO, or an ACDA Institution. When completing your online application for the DPW program, you will be asked if you are a member and to specify which organization. Tuition discounts will be applied to your online application upon acceptance into the program. 

Students may receive either a tuition discount or a scholarship, but may not receive both. 


Tuition scholarships

A limited number of full tuition scholarships are available for Pre K-12 public/private school educators for this workshop. 

Dance Professionals Workshop scholarships are provided by The Jones Dance Education Scholarship.


ADF will match up to $100 towards tuition fees from sponsoring organizations and businesses. These scholarships are open to any participant. Sponsorships may come from:

  • Dance Studio
  • College or University
  • High School
  • Arts Organization
  • Business or Corporation


  • Matching scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a limited number are available. 
  • Matching scholarships cannot be combined with any other ADF scholarships. 
  • Matching scholarships may only be used to towards ADF tuition fees. 
  • Matching scholarship awards are contingent upon sponsorship agreement. Matching scholarships from ADF will not be allocated until the school office receives sponsorship agreement and funds. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their possible sponsors EARLY, before indicating interest in the matching scholarship to ADF. 


May 1  Scholarship application deadline EXTENDED!
May 14  Scholarship Awards announced

how To apply for scholarships

Please submit the following through your online application to be considered for Scholarship:

  • Complete your online application for the Dance Professional Workshops, pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee, and wait for your application to be accepted. 
  • Once accepted, indicate your interest in applying for a Tuition or Matching Scholarship in your online application. 
  • For Tuition Scholarships:
    • Upload a one-page statement explaining how this experience will benefit you professionally.
    • Upload a brief written statement of financial need.
  • For Matching Scholarships:
    • The sponsoring organization will need to complete a Matching Scholarship Application Form.
      • Provide your sponsoring organization’s email in your online application and they will automatically receive the form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the form is submitted by your sponsoring organization.
      • If your sponsoring organization does not have an email, contact the ADF School and we will provide a hard copy of the form for you to send to the organization. 

Students may receive either a tuition discount or a scholarship, but may not receive both. 

Dates & deadlines

May 1  Scholarship application deadline EXTENDED!
May 14  Scholarship Awards announced
June 28  Deadline to submit application/enroll
July 1  Payment due in full
July 1  Last day to withdraw and receive a refund, less the $100 deposit and $50 application fee.


Minimum Enrollment

ADF requires a minimum level of enrolled students for each Dance Professional Workshop and reserves the right to cancel the program if that minimum is not met. All tuition payments will be refunded in the event of cancellation. The $50 application fee is nonrefundable. 


  • Summer 2021:
    • The $50 application fee and $100 tuition deposit are nonrefundable.
    • July 1, 2021: All paid tuition (less the $100 deposit).
    • July 1–July 11, 2021: Tuition (less the $100 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed note from a doctor is required.
    • After July 11, 2021: Tuition will not be refunded for any reason.
  • ADF refunds, if applicable, will be processed within 2 weeks of withdrawing.

Schedule & class descriptions

class schedule

Monday – Friday: Everyday from 12:00pm-4:00pm EST

Sample Workshop Schedule

class descriptions

Coming soon!

Class Needs

  • We recommend a space of 8 ft x 8 ft to move in if possible, but a slightly smaller space can also work!
  • A journal for discussion. Participants will be asked to provide information prior to the start of the workshop; including a brief bio, teaching history, and topics of discussion they are interested in engaging in with other educators during this workshop. 


Gerri Houlihan

Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991-1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland and Russia. She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

Allie PFEFFER, Class assistant

Allie Pfeffer received her BFA with honors in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In New York, her work was presented at Gibney and as part of the LaMaMa Moves Festival. After moving to NC in 2014, she co-founded A+A Dance Company with Alyssa Noble. A+A has produced two evening length works, in 2017 and 2019, and participated in other split bill performances around Durham. In addition to her work with A+A, she has performed with Gerri Houlihan, Renay Aumiller Dancers (RAD), Anna Barker/, Stephanie Woodbeck. She has taught at Ninth Street Dance, ADF’s Samuel Scripps Studios, and various high schools around the area. Allie has been demonstrating for Gerri at ADF for several summers now.

John Hanks, musician

johnhanks-1John Hanks has been ADF faculty since 1984, attended ADF/Seoul (Korea) in 1990-1991, and ADF/Henan (China) in 2012 and 2014. He is Music Coordinator for the Duke University Dance Program and a busy freelance drummer/percussionist performing with many jazz, classical, musical theater, rock/blues, and contemporary music groups. He has released three albums of music for dance: Here Come the Drums, Drumjazz, and Percussion Jams.

guest workshop faculty

Coming soon!

ADF offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.